I’ve been a brand fan of CC Filson since I was a teen. Over the past few years, I’ve republished favorite Filson catalogs on the Archival blog. My own clothing archives includes a number of Filson twill bags, wool vests, vintage Cruisers and key selections from the women’s line. While the past decade has produced some corporate headscratchers (overseas manufacturing and the Passage Line), I still consider Filson one of the best American brands. What I admire most about Filson is its manufacturing ethos: make the best product from the best available materials and back it up with a lifetime warranty. It’s hard to identify a better role model for Archival than CC Filson.
On a recent trip to Seattle, I scheduled a tour of the new Seattle building which includes a production facility entirely to dedicated to luggage. I’ve been hearing from Filson reps and friends that Filson is changing as a company. Filson is trying to bring all of their manufacturing back to the US, updating their collection for women (Fall 2014), introducing a line of bike luggage and revising their dated fit system. Here are some of my notes and snaps from the tour.
Filson is now collaborating with Detroit based Shinola on panniers and a front handlebar basket bag. Cyclists should be thrilled to have their own line of twill luggage.
New Filson wax vests and jackets in an updated fit. I love the integration of more traditional hunting jacket features like the front loading game pocket. Sadly, Filson has no immediate plans to release these styles in sizes for women.