Most folks don’t know that Filson offers a custom order service. If you like a specific Filson garment, you can request a customized version in a different fabric w/limited pocketing or pattern edits. In effect, you can create your own one-off, “Filson x you” collaboration (although the customer care page warns that they cannot create entirely new patterns). In addition to current styles, Filson can also make many discontinued garments. For gents, I’d recommend ordering the classic cruiser jacket in original whipcord fabric (forestry cloth not available). Wait time is about 2 months and surcharge can be up to 50% of the original retail price.
From the Filson site, here is the inventory of possible changes.
- Extra long and short sizes (many coats and jackets)
- Larger and smaller sizes (most garments)
- Longer legs (pants, bibs and chaps)
- Longer rise (all pants, bibs and shorts)
- One arm or leg longer
- All belts longer or shorter
- Substitute snaps instead of buttons or vice versa (many coat and vests)
- Left hand shooting patch (hunting garments)
- Different colors and weights of wool (coats and pants)
- Many Tin Cloth and Shelter Cloth garments are available in either fabric in Dry or Oil Finish
- Shorter handles on all luggage styles with handles. Different strap lengths too.
- Footwear in additional widths, larger and smaller sizes
- We can produce many discontinued Filson garments
Here are two custom orders I’ve placed in the last two years.
Filson women’s Creek jacket in 6 oz Cover Cloth
The Creek jacket is my all-time favorite jacket for women by Filson. The fit is perfect and I love the jacket’s simple, uncomplicated design (unlined, snap front, band collar w/ moleskin trimmed collar, placket and pockets). I wanted a flyweight waxed cotton version for use as a cycling jacket in early Fall/late Spring. For the custom order, I swapped out the heavier dry finish cloth duck for waxed 6 oz cover cloth. I was strongly advised not to use the cover cloth since it is typically used for lined jackets and can be vulnerable to tearing. I also asked Filson to remove the stitching from upper left pencil pocket (a change that was originally rejected). I’ve been wearing the jacket for six months and have had no problems with the cover cloth fabric. I’d love to see Filson offer this style jacket in more of their stock fabrics (wool, waxed tin cloth, etc).
Filson women’s wool vest in 21 oz. wool
This is my most recent customization. I’ve always been a fan of the grey diagonal fabric used by Filson for their cape coat (a garment they should really offer in a future line for women). I thought the fabric would make for an amazing vest. Again, I wear my Filson clothing indoors and for cycling so I tend to like a slightly lighter weight fabric. The new 21 oz wool vest is already a daily driver.
Here is an example of the limits of the custom order program.
Wool whipcord work jacket
Several years ago, I ordered this men’s shelter cloth jacket in gray wool whipcord (my favorite Filson fabric). I requested that the reinforcing arm patches be sewn in contrasting green whipcord (a customization that is no longer available). The jacket turned out well. But since it was a gent’s cut, and since Filson would not adjust the original sizing of a garment, it never fit well and I re-released to ebay last Fall.