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2018 Not Just Bags Gift Guide

2018 Not Just Bags Gift Guide

A gift guide published on December 13th? Yeah, this year is feeling pretty last-minute to us. This is basically a list of what we’re giving this year so either click a link down below of the type that grabs your interest or just keep reading! We’re still searching for the just-right gifts for a few people on our lists, so feel free to share your gift ideas in the comments (maybe you’ll inspire us!) and if you want more gift-giving inspiration, check out our 2016 Gift Guide (Bags and Beyond) and Tom's Simplified and (nearly) Painless 2017 Gift Guide. The...

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An Interview with Chef Simoni

An Interview with Chef Simoni

Last year, Chef Simoni Kigweba made his TOM BIHN debut in photos of the Moveable Feast shopping bag, and he kindly shared a recipe with us (the now-famous Tomatoes and Bread).  Now he's busy cooking in Nashville, Tennessee: he's the executive chef at a new restaurant that will open later this year. Chef Simoni's helping us out again this year by modeling The Truck—and he's also got another recipe up his sleeve, too.  We sat down with the chef to ask him how he learned to cook, his favorite ingredients, and where he spends his Sundays. You can follow Chef...

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Pre-Orders: Frequently Asked Questions

You don't need to read this FAQ to place a Pre-Order: it's a pretty straight-forward process, so just go for it if that's what you'd like to do. If you'd like to know in advance everything there is to know about Pre-Orders, here you go! Below is a list of questions that we anticipated might be asked. If you have a question that wasn’t answered here, feel free to emailus@tombihn.com. Can you give me a quick summary of how pre-order works? How do you define “pre-order”? When is my credit card charged for a pre-order? Can I ask you for...

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Pre-Orders: Past, Present, and Future

In this post, we share some of our thoughts on and the history of how we've offered pre-orders over the years. If you want to get straight to the nuts and bolts of how pre-orders work now, see our Pre-Orders: Frequently Asked Questions post. The Past For the longest time (something like 2001-2015) we accepted backorders for existing designs and pre-orders for new designs on our website. Our choice to accept backorders and pre-orders was important to our growth over those years and there were other benefits as well: notably, we could plan our production schedule around the bags that...

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On The Design Process: Inspiration, Timeline, Testing

On The Design Process: Inspiration, Timeline, Testing

Both Tom and Nik are designing various new bags and smaller items—everything from new backpacks to new travel bags to new organizer pouches. And that, of course, prompts questions: When will they be released? Will all the designs turn into real bags that will debut someday? There's an easy answer: we don’t know. But why do we not know? And further, how can we be comfortable with—and actually admit to—not knowing? First, we might identify the various impetuses behind the new designs, as the origin of their inspiration does impact the design process and timeline of development. The inspiration for...

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Updates to Snaphook Attachment Point Placement

Earlier this year, we heard from four people -- one with a Co-Pilot, one with a Pilot, one with a Cadet and one with a Side Kick -- who were all experiencing the same issue with their bags: the main compartment zipper was getting fuzzy and worn-looking. Though premature wear and tear (and even failure) of a zipper can occur if someone carries a too-large-for-the-bag object in the bag that puts undue pressure on the zipper, we asked and did some investigating and that wasn't the case in these instances. So, what was happening here? What we’ve determined is that,...

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TOM BIHN Limited Edition Cafe Bag for Birds & Beans

Birds, Coffee, and a Limited Edition Cafe Bag

The limited edition Birds & Beans Cafe Bag out in the wild. I grew up on the central coast of California, and remember being particularly excited to see any birds of prey. Mostly I’d see red-tail hawks and sparrow hawks—now called American Kestrels. At the time I didn’t realize that all was not as it should be in the world of raptors; I didn't know that these were the days when farmers still used DDT, and the paucity of birds of prey was the sad effect of DDT’s biomagnification. Happily DDT was banned in the U.S. in 1972, and now...

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Hats knitted by the TOM BIHN Ravelry group for the TOM BIHN Crew

The Hats Knitted for the TOM BIHN Crew

Every year, the TOM BIHN Ravelry group knits wearable gifts for our crew. Some years the wearables have been scarves or gloves, and this year it was hats. We know a thing or two about materials and quality craftsmanship, and we're in awe of what the group makes for us. See for yourself below; we've photographed each and every hat that was sent to us. From all of us here at TOM BIHN to the TB Ravelry Group: thank you! The wearables you make for us are a big part of our annual holiday party, and everyone looks forward to...

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Tom Bihn Listening to Audibooks While Designing

Tom’s Simplified and (nearly) Painless 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Much has been said and written about giving gifts that are not things, and about how experiences ultimately mean more to us than stuff. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve observed that more than ever before, I cherish time spent with family and friends, travel to new and old places, fresh air, wildlife, and nature more than a garage full of objects. With that in mind, I’ve in years past given movie, concert or opera tickets as gifts, or even a gift certificate for a massage or kayak rental. So far, so good. As we set out to create a 2017...

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The Not Very Successful Holiday Photo Shoot

The Not Very Successful Holiday Photo Shoot

We thought it'd be fun to get a photo of Ichiro and Fiona (two of the dogs on staff here at TOM BIHN) wearing festive holiday antlers while lounging on a Camp Mat, but they had a different idea...

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