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What's in my TOM BIHN Synapse

abnb77: What's in my Synapse

"all camera gear fit in main compartment. light sweater was stufffed in bottom compartment. everything else was shoved in where ever. and there was still a lot of room left." See the original photo by abnb77 on Flickr. See also: the Synapse

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Tom Bihn in 1977 wearing one of the down jackets he made

Tom's first designs: down jackets

Tom, at 17, wearing one of the down jackets he made. Last week, we shared with you this note that Tom sent to Mary, who commented as she placed her order for a new Medium Cafe Bag that she found our website through Google, but knew Tom as he went to school with her kids and made down jackets for them. You told us you wanted to learn more about Tom's days making down jackets, so here you go. Tom's first cutting table was the family's Ping-Pong table flipped upside-down; his first sewing project was a down jacket made from...

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Tom Bihn made down jackets when he was 16

Tom has a down jacket (not a skeleton) in his closet

An order came in today with this comment: "I found your website through Google, but I knew Tom Bihn as he went to school with my kids and made down jackets and a comforter for us." We told Tom about Mary's comment (he was out working in the factory) and he included the note in the photo above in her order. Tom was 16 when he made the down jackets and comforter for Mary's family.

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At the TOM BIHN factory in Seattle, the crew gets a first look at The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Tom's review of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

At the TOM BIHN factory in Seattle, June, Maria, Ying Xue, Fong, Lisa, Lee, and Sau Ling get a first look at The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. We're one of the companies featured in the book. Chris Guillebeau's new book The $100 Startup (#4 on Amazon as we type this) is not only an excellent primer for anyone who is dreaming of making the leap to being self-employed, but it’s also a great book for those of us who have been at it for a while and are hungry for a new point of view on business-as-usual. And I...

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Tom Bihn (with Riley) works late on a new bag design

Popwuping: Tom Bihn on design (2009)

"The design process is always evolving and varies from one bag to the next. The constant operating principal behind the process is this: I don't want to make something that is already out there. It has to be unique - work better, look better, last longer, fills a niche that no one else has filled. I keep in mind that, because our products last (almost) forever, I have a responsibility to make them be very useful and as handsome as possible as well: I personally don't like being around things that are not please to the hand and eye, especially...

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