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Archival Baggage: Filson Passage Line

July 16th, 2009

Original Filson luggage line-up, plus bonus catalog footage, late 80s/early 90s:

All Filson ensemble w/accessory luggage

Gone: poplin duckbills and Rood’s satchel

Filson garment bags

Original pricing would make you weep
And selections from the new Passage Line (2009):
Identifiably Filson?
Business pack with key fob

Lodge collection companion?

Filson just released a new line of luggage called Passage. Unfortunately, I have to include the collection in the retail category of Why was it made? Rather than canvas or leather, the Passage bags are made out of unattractive synthetic twill (“ballistic quality nylon”). Country of origin is listed as “overseas.” On their own, on a practical, functional level, I’m sure the bags would be considered OK by the floatplane demographic (catalog selling points include “compact yet roomy” and “perfect for overnight travel”). But there’s nothing about these bags that visibly connects them back to the historical Filson aesthetic–not the fabric, not the styling, not even the embossed leather Filson stamp. To me, they look like pricier versions of the gift bags given away at department store cologne counters. Or–more likely, department store remakes of Filson or Barbour field bags.

Nevertheless, I forgive Filson for this Lodge-esque collection since they’re still producing almost all the styles from their original canvas twill collection plus the fine new tin cloth bags. I already own and adore the Filson tin cloth tote (currently in redesign) so I’m saving up for this tin cloth shell bag:
Use value t.b.d.

Shopping for Barbour from 1998/1999

July 13th, 2009

Internationals

Oilskins and black waxed cotton

Long and short cuts

Moleskin

Synthetics

90s knitwear


New Barbour gent

In case you missed it, here are some product offerings from the Winter 1998/Spring 1999 Barbour catalog. In the day, these catalogs were the best means of tracking new Barbour releases (beyond the stock range of Bedales, Beauforts and Borders). Many of the more exotic items–moleskin and Bushman jackets–never made it to (my corner of the) US. So, it was always fun to see non-stock Barbour items in cameo catalog form.

Barbour’s newfound focus on youthful/urban/non-country clothing gave rise to a few unfortunate (though brief) additions to their product range:

Vintage in ten years?

Filson News: Semi-Annual Sale (July 2009)

July 1st, 2009

Here’s a chance to get a few Filson items that will most likely be disappearing from view (in my mind, Filson sale equals discontinued fabrics, colors and styles). No items from the women’s collection seem to be on offer. Should I be concerned that the sale follows on the heels of rare 20% discount to “loyal” customers (semi unheard of in Filson-landia). Main score for folks willing to buy long pants in July: 39.oo Shelter cloth fabric pants (see below).

Reversible packer (blaze orange in the workplace)

Foul Weather Jacket (out with Navy)

Broadweave Western shirt (end of a stylistic experiment)

Original wool shirt (extra long)

Full Zip Sweater (made in USA)

Shelter cloth pants for 39.00 (death knell pricing)
Chukkas & boots (new vendor coming soon)

And a periodic submission to the retail category Why was it made?

STP Salvage 5.5.09

May 6th, 2009

Archival clothing excavations from Sierra Trading Post (discontinued items soon to be disappearing from view):

Wool Donegal Sweater

Keeperwear Quilt Jacket (for Women)
New Classic Eskdale Jacket

Newfoundland Quilt
Vintage Wax Beaufort

Linhope Shooting Vest (for Women)

Barbour Beauchamp Waterproof

Country Tweed Pullover
John Partridge Linchfield Vest

John Partridge Tuareg Hooded Jacket
John Partridge Rhino Tank Jacket (for Women)


And a submission to the retail category Why Was it Made?

Barbour Quilted Shoulder Tote

STP Salvage: Barbour and John Partridge

February 8th, 2009
Archival clothing excavations from Sierra Trading Post (discontinued and close-out items soon to be disappearing from view).

Wool Donegal Sweater
Keeperwear Quilt Jacket (for Women)
New Classic Eskdale Jacket

Newfoundland Quilt
Vintage Wax Beaufort


Linhope Shooting Vest (for Women)

Barbour Beauchamp Waterproof

Country Tweed Pullover

John Partridge Linchfield Vest

John Partridge Tuareg Hooded Jacket
John Partridge Rhino Tank Jacket (for Women)

And a submission to the retail category Why Was it Made?

Barbour Quilted Shoulder Tote

Springfield Catch and Release

January 3rd, 2009

 

Lee westernwear shirt (captured, but not by me)

Big Mac work boots for JC Penney (released)

Paraboot derby style shoes (captured)

(New old stock) Sears vintage loafers (captured)

Rocsport lace-ups (released)

TropiCool seersucker trousers (released)
Insulated military trousers (released)
A few items found, purchased from or released back to Springfield, Oregon, thrift stores on January 2, 2009.
And a few submissions to the emerging inventory, Why Was it Made?: