In Volume 5, we bring you recently uploaded photos of TOM BIHN bags in airports around the world.
LordBute’s Pilot, Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN).
bb93fo57’s Night Flight Travel Duffle in the overhead bin.
automaticsoap’s Aeronaut 30 on the famous Portland International (PDX) carpet.
adalangdon’s Tri-Star (and llama pillow), Narita International (NRT).
bchaplin’s Smart Alec, Heathrow (LHR).
starshine’s Aeronaut 45, Guangzhou Baiyun International (CAN).
Dandelion’s Western Flyer in the Spirit Airlines bag sizer …
… and under the “A” seat, United Airlines A319 aircraft.
It’s been a little while since we’ve showcased some of the photos submitted by members of the TOM BIHN Forum. In the past few months, people have really been getting out! Here’s but a smattering of the amazing summer adventures they (and their bags) have been having. Enjoy Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 if you haven’t yet, and check out the 58 pages of awesome bag photos we’ve amassed so far!
ceepee’s Synapse 19 on the beach at Skegness.
Franco’s Brain Bag gets high in the Dolomiti, Italy.
Simone’s bags, waiting to cruise to Alaska.
Lani marches in the San Francisco Pride parade with her Packing Cube Shoulder Bag.
jeffgallo’s Synapse 19 enjoying some hang time in Shenandoah National Park.
brendabethman and her Daylight Backpack on the Ferris wheel.
Squirrel’s Large Shop Bag with fruit.
Amy’s Daylight Backpack on the Isle of Skye.
Miking’s Packing Cube Shoulder Bag in Shanghai.
LordBute’s Co-Pilot looking stately in Regents Park, London.
gochicken’s Travel Trays chilling on the lawn.
Pokilani’s Shop Bag on the beach, Hawaii.
Juanito’s Daylight Briefcase in Iran.
Hobbes’ Synapse 19, cruising in Alaska.
ncb4’s Daylight Backpack has the best seat in the Adirondacks.
Rocks’ Travel Stuff Sack and travel-sized Scrabble, on the road to somewhere cool.
For the past few years, a bunch of knitters over at the knit and crochet community Ravelry have teamed up to create gifts for the entire staff here at TOM BIHN. This kind gesture is much appreciated: the hand-made mittens, hats, gloves socks, and slippers sent to us from all over the world bring us warmth and color, and nothing could be better during this busy time of year for our company.
And then there’s the surprise element of this tradition: although I and a few others here know in advance what will be happening, we try to keep it hush-hush around the staff. And on the big day (which was today!) we each drew a number, determining the order we got to choose a knitted masterwork to call our own.
This year, we want to express to all of you how it felt to see these overwhelmingly generous gifts for the first time. And the best way we could figure out how to do so was by sharing a photograph of each and every knitted item:
We put the call out on our Forums for your photos of your bags—and you answered. I mean, you really did: 24 pages of awesome bag photos and counting. You guys rock. Here’s a random selection of just a few of the photos.
Well-known Forum photographer taminca (and her Daylight Backpack) at the 5K Run to Feed the Hungry.
haraya’s Shop Bags at a Washington Nationals game.
A salute to Tom’s Consew 206RB sewing machine: purchased in 1980 and still in continuous use at our Seattle factory.
Excerpted from Tom’s interview with The Setup:
“One of my most obvious tools is a sewing machine (Ivan Illich would call it a tool, not a machine—I like that). The sewing tool I used for over two decades was a Consew 206RB, with a compound walking foot. Basically a machine made for heavy work like sewing leather and upholstery—an incredibly flexible tool. (If you buy a new one today it’s reputed to be not so great – buy a Seiko STH-8BLD instead. Seiko was the OEM for Consew, so it’s the same as the old Consew machine. I mean tool.)
That specific Consew I started with is now over 30 years old and still sees daily service in my factory: Tao uses it to do three-fold bias binding. These days when I am sewing prototypes, I either am in the factory using whatever sewing machine is available or I’m in my studio using my new Seiko. One of the things I appreciate most about our company is that a lot of the design process is happening in the factory—there’s a beautiful co-evolution between design and manufacturing that you don’t get when the design process is physically removed from the build process.”
Jillian—photographer, metalsmith, and author of the Noisy Plume—took her Aeronaut 30 on a road trip to the Southwest this past summer. Below is her packing list and review. And for more about her trip, visit the Noisy Plume.
Let me say that I have never packed this little EVER!
I am guilty of being horrendously overpacked on almost every trip I ever take. I find it really hard to decide what should come with me when I travel, especially when it comes to clothing. Incredibly, everything fit into this little bag BEAUTIFULLY, I used/wore everything I took with me, and I even had some leftover space to put a few things I bought on my trip to New Mexico. Furthermore, I didn’t feel like I sacrificed my style on this trip, ever. I had compliments everywhere I went on my jewelry and outfit choices throughout the day, on a daily basis! Brilliant! I hate to look like a bedraggled traveler while traveling.
I thought this bag would be more of a weekend trip bag but it worked great for a full week in the Southwest. I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with it again, for the same amount of time, in the summer months.
Aeronaut 30 Packing List
4 tank tops
1 baseball t-shirt
1 cut-off jean short
1 fancy bohemian short
1 denim pencil skirt
1 black maxi dress
1 black cocktail-length strapless denim dress
1 pair of jeans
1 sleeveless blouse
1 lace kimono
1 pair of Tom’s shoes
1 lightweight jean jacket
Travel size: 2 lotions, shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, Old Spice deodorant (yes, I use Old Spice)
Make-Up: mascara, eyeshadow quad, eyeshadow brushes, lip and cheek tint, lipstick, Doterra essential oil perfume
Hair barrette and bobbies
1 iPad (with charge cord)
1 Phone (with charge cord)
1 pen, pencil, micron, sharpener, eraser
1 pair of earrings, bracelet and cluster of bead necklaces
1 purse for day use
mrbrown is a blogger, traveler, and photo essayist based in Singapore. On the Forum, he has shared his 9-day trip to Japan with us through photos, posts, and a video showing all the things he took along with him in his Co-Pilot and Synapse 19:
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