August 28, 2021

Updates & What's Next

A Travel Tray in Coyote 200d Halcyon being sewn at the TOM BIHN factory.

Our dedication to spontaneity and nimbleness as a small and creative business, combined with continued worldwide supply chain issues and port delays, has meant that it's been a little more difficult to keep everyone as updated as we'd like. That said, here's a long-promised update on the remainder of 2021 and the very beginning of 2022.

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Fabrics & Materials

Designs

Fabrics & Materials

200d Halcyon Update

As many folks know, due to circumstances outside of our control such as port delays, we experienced a shortage of our 200d Halcyon lining fabric during the first half of 2021. Though we never ran out of 200d Halcyon, we did do our best to conserve it in order to prevent that. Thankfully, slowly but surely, the supply chain issues have been improving and we hope that continues to be the case going forward. We’re already beginning to produce more bags in 200d Halcyon, and you will  see those restocked in coming months. Two bags that won’t be offered in Halcyon this year and probably into next year are Original and Zip-Top Shop Bags: those designs use quite a lot of Halcyon fabric, and given the possibility of supplier and port delays, we think it best to remain conservative in our use of such a beloved material. That said, there will be other interesting Shop Bag fabric options — see our below update re: Cerylon. 

200d Halcyon

Going forward, our plan is for Northwest Sky and Island to be continually available colors. All other colors have the potential to rotate: that’s a way we can offer a wider variety of colors and give more folks a chance at ordering their favorite color.

Continually Available:

  • Northwest Sky
  • Island

Offered this year in some but not all bags. Could change next year: 

  • Tidal
  • Taiga
  • Solaris

There’s smaller quantities of the following colors that are being used up as we type this:

  • Sitka
  • Acuity
  • Coyote
  • Ultraviolet

Next year’s colors:

TBD

Our policy is to not reveal a new color or material until it’s actually onsite here at the factory. Plus, some of those colors are being dipped and haven’t even been chosen yet!

Cerylon

Cerylon is a new 100% nylon 6,6 210d fabric. Per our request, the mill made Cerylon with twisted yarns just like our heavier weight fabrics — twisted yarns increase the density of a fabric and help to hide cosmetic abrasion. Cerylon has a formidable tear strength (though it’s not quite as high as Halcyon) that is more than adequate for its intended use as a fabric for lightweight accessories or as a lining material. It has a “double wall” ripstop pattern, which we’ve added mostly as an aesthetic nod to its near-kin Halcyon.

After Cerylon prevailed through our typical and rigorous fabric tests, it debuted in the color Cobalt Blue in the Design Lab Edition Packing Cube Shoulder Bag and most folks seemed to love it — based on that feedback, we went ahead and ordered more Cobalt and two additional colors ~ Sangria red and Mountain grey.

Cerylon will slowly debut around the end of 2021 and into 2022 as a lining in bags such as the Techonaut and Synik. It’ll also be available as an exterior option for lightweight bags such as the Shop Bags, Everyday Cubelet, Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, and others.

More Cotton Options

Another new fabric option that folks seem to love is our Olive Cotton Twill, specifically in the Original Shop Bags. In response to that, we’re sourcing additional cotton options for use in totes.

The Comeback: 1000d Cordura

We brought back 1000d Cordura options this year and, again, folks were pleased. We expect the following colors will continue to be offered into 2022:

  • Beaver Camo
  • Mayura 
  • Canary
  • Orange 152
  • Olive
  • Red Blend

Available Next in Night Walk 400d

Here's a list of the bags that we expect to offer in Night Walk 400d before the end of the year:

Designs

Updates

Maker’s Bag
Several folks have asked us to add a pocket to the back of the Maker’s Bag. We thought that was a good idea, so we made it so. The next production run of Maker’s Bags (due October) will have a back pocket; there will be a small price increase due to the addition of the pocket.

Daylight Backpack
Our plan is to offer a batch of Daylight Backpacks with the new Contour straps (note: there will be a price increase) alongside a batch of the current Daylights with the simple webbing straps. We'll see which version folks prefer, and go from there. 

Reverting to the original strap attachment points: Side Kick, Cadet, Pilot, Co-Pilot, Daylight Briefcase


As mentioned in this blog post and over the next few months, we’ll be returning to the original strap attachment points on the bags listed above.

New stuff

For the rest of the year and potentially into 2022, we’ll be releasing a new set of Grab Bag fabrics and colors each month. These new Grab Bags will be released as part of our monthly restock(s).

As we near the end of the year, the timeline and window for offering pre-orders is reduced. The Zeitgeist, Paradigm, and Parental Unit pre-order *might* be the last of 2021: remember, we’re also building two pre-orders worth of Techonauts!

That said, there will be room for one (maybe two) more debuts. We're closed over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, because of that, we like to release new designs for the holidays on the Monday after. And, if you’re like us, that’s a day to shop with businesses we appreciate and buy gifts for our family, friends, and yes, ourselves. (See our 20162017, 2018 gift guides) Offering a few new items that day adds to the fun, and if those items sell out, we can usually fit in another production run and restock before the last shipping day to ensure holiday delivery.

The final debuts for this year include a vintage reissue, popular designs in new materials (hints above), and a very unexpected item that’s upped our own organization game.

And what’s next after that?

Tom and Nik are both working on some designs that'll likely be available for pre-order throughout 2022. We don’t want to be annoying and spill the beans when details about these designs could still change, so once they’ve gone through the PPB (pre-production batch) process, we’ll share more. 

52 comments

Anna - September 7, 2021

+1 for Cocoa. Also, on the updated Maker’s Bag, and chance it’ll be released in Olive or Camo?

Amy D. - September 3, 2021

Another vote here for knitting bags, yarn stuff sacks and everything seapine!!

Mary - September 3, 2021

Will the aeronaut 30 ever come back? Really kicking myself for dithering so long on buying. Thanks! And p.s. love my new pop tote – it’s the best! Also my synapse 19 is the only backpack I’ve ever had that I haven’t destroyed after a year or two of use…still going strong after 8 years or so! Love these bags.
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TOM BIHN replied:
Yes! We expect to offer a new production run of both sizes of Aeronauts early next year. Glad you love your Pop Tote and S19 :)

Jason - September 2, 2021

Road Buddy, Road Buddy, Road Buddy, Road Buddy, Road Buddy Road Buddy, Road Buddy. Please 🙏🏽

Jesse - September 2, 2021

Still hoping for a Smart Alec update! Patiently waiting with my fingers crossed…
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TOM BIHN replied:
It’s in the works. 2022!

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