We’ve heard from many of you just how much you appreciate that our filament (non-texturized nylon, e.g. 1050d HT ballistic nylon and 420 high-tenactity Parapack) fabrics are much less likely to collect pet hair than 500 and 1000d Cordura.
But we’ve also heard from some of you that simply miss the… hair. You know who you are: you’re the kind of person that “forgets” to use a lint brush because you think a healthy addition of dog or cat hair completes any look. Maybe it makes you feel a little more wild, a little more in touch with your “animal” side.
And that’s why we’re introducing a new line — Flocculent by TOM BIHN. First to debut is the Hairy Swift, complete with a matching Faux Baby Albino Seal Fur Yarn Stuff Sack.
Here’s Ben modeling the Hairy Swift. Roomy enough for his tools, soft and plush enough to warm his hands after working on a job site on a cold day — it’s the perfect bag for any handy guy. And it’s so eye-catching that his girlfriend insists that he leave it at home when they go out, lest anyone might try to steal it.
There’s even room for his lunch!
Hairy Swift w/Faux Baby Albino Seal Fur Yarn Stuff Sack. $1000. Available pending resolution of a few minor legal issues. May be further regulated by local authorities, state authorities, federal authorities, good taste and common decency.
New forum member jwiegley recently posted a remarkably thorough review of the Smart Alec, attesting to the quality of the backpack’s construction and the surprising comfort of the straps. They write:
“My first thoughts on opening the box were that this is certainly a well-made product. My second thought was that the back straps seemed a little skimpy compared to other bags I’ve used. However, usage, and education about seam-stitching and bar tacks, has completely reversed me on that second thought. Simply put, these are the best back straps I’ve encountered, and the most comfortable that I’ve used on any bag. In fact, they are not just comfortable: my back actually feels better with the pack on than off! I’m not sure how that works exactly, but I look forward to putting it on each day. It has come to be one of my favorite things about the bag, which I would not have expected from the beginning.”
Just how much can you fit into one Aeronaut? Check out this packing list from i_clavdivs…
“Here’s my list:
Glasses cleaning cloth
Hoodies (wear 1, carry 1)
Jocks & Socks
Trousers (wear 1, carry 1)
Walking shoes (wear)
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Ear plugs and eyemask
Personal Laptop & Mouse
Chargers (Camera, iPhone, Laptop, Kindle)
Itinerary & directions
See the rest of the thread in the TOM BIHN Forums. See also: the Aeronaut.
You guys have been begging us for over two years now to make a Cafe Bag sized specifically to carry Carl Jung’s The Red Book — and it’s finally here. Available for pre-order soon, the Cafe Bag for The Red Book is designed to allow you to carry The Red Book on a plane, to the park or grocery store, or on a first date or a job interview — anywhere that you might want to take a moment to delve into Jung’s experiment with active imagination. It’s also great for commuting via public transit: most folks will figure it’s best to ignore you completely, but those who talk to you will definitely liven up what could be an otherwise boring day.
Cafe Bag for The Red Book. $444. Available for pre-order soon.
Here’s the first look at our new website design. We’re going in a retro direction. Give us your feedback in the TOM BIHN forums.
Photo by maverick. See more in maverick’s thread “to new york with the western flyer!” in the TOM BIHN Forums.
A few people have called, concerned we were really going to stop making bags and go on tour instead. It’s not true: we’d never quit making bags. It’s what we (love to) do.
The Top-Stitches from left to right: Aracelia, Irma, Lisa, Tom, Aravelia, June, Fong
Tom Bihn and some of his top production crew announced today that they are giving up making bags to focus on their musical aspirations. “There comes a time” said Tom, “when the Muse calls and you must answer.” Their band, the “Top Stitches”, will perform not only Tom’s favorite tunes from French Canada, but also traditional songs in Cantonese, Spanish and Tagalog. “We figured if we can make great bags as a team, think of what could we do with a fiddle, a banjo and an accordion!” Though the rest of the TOM BIHN crew initially advised Tom against quitting his day job, they were ultimately inspired to follow his lead and pursue their own dreams. “I’ve always wanted to break in to the movies” said one seamstress, who wanted to remain anonymous, as she clocked out for the last time. “I’m going to become a dentist!” exclaimed an unidentified customer service representative. “The sky’s the limit!”
We posted a very early heads-up on our March 1st, 2019 (roughly 6%) price increase in the Forums along with news of Shop Bags in 210d ballistic nylon.
Ben Brooks has published a review of Nik’s Minimalist Wallets and @everydaycommentary posted about his every day carry step up (hint: it includes a Minimalist Wallet!)
Our 2018 Holiday Schedule is up. Check it out for important shipping deadlines and our holiday hours. P.S. Our Seattle Factory Showroom will be open the rare Saturday on December 8th from 10:00am until 2:00pm Pacific Time.
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