Archival Field Trip

Archival Field Trip: Filson Seattle

by Lesli Larson

I’ve been visiting the Seattle Filson store since its factory and showroom were located on 1st Avenue, current site of Safeco Field. Though I’m intimate with the product line (past and present), I still like to stop by and inspect items first hand. Things that you ignored in the catalog might surprise you in person. For example, we were impressed by this lightweight merino wool t-shirt:

I’m told that Filson will be expanding its line of merino tops to include different weights of wool. Before adding new styles, I’d like to see Filson offer this simple, short sleeved tee in sizes for women. Sara would prefer it to be long enough to tuck in with slim fitting short sleeves (not cap).

I always worry when an outdoor clothing company introduces a product line for pets. I’ve already ordered and returned the tin cloth dog bed because I didn’t think it was up to Filson standards (plastic zipper, dry finish fabric, unlined insert). But the Filson dog coat, made from shelter cloth fabric backed with thick red plaid wool, is a well designed, well made, Filson-worthy product.

Earlier this summer, I posted about the new Filson Upland Jacket for women. For the first time, Filson has duplicated/scaled down an item from their men’s product line for the women’s collection (same pocketing, same cut, same fabric as the men’s waterfowl jacket). Having tried on the jacket, it’s now on my wish list.

I love this display table. I know Filson tailored these pants to showcase different fabric selections and trouser styles, but I’d like to think that Filson is encouraging customers to experiment with more daring, Japanese magazine inspired inseam lengths.

Sara really likes this Upland Vest for women. Pocketing and fit on the garment are superb. I’ve already inquired about a custom version made w/out the safety orange fabric (prognosis doubtful). I can see the vest getting daily use as work, town or dog park wear.

We chatted with this gent who wondered why I was shooting so many photos. I’d like to take some credit for his Tin Cloth Packer Coat purchase. I encouraged him to size down to a medium for a tighter monkey fit. He opted instead for a size large with extra long sleeves.

Here’s Sara’s revision of the new Filson Cascade Vest. The bland design is perked up by reversing the garment, making the quilted baffling visible. Adding a two-way zipper would further improve fit.

I love all the vintage garments on display. Some of these look like items I sold on ebay a few years ago.

A well used pair of Double Tin Bibs in for restoration.

I remain unconvinced by the western-wear style wool vest and Passage luggage line.
In Free & Easy, Filson coats and bags often appear in blue plaid. Sadly, this trend was not in evidence in the Seattle store.

7 thoughts on “Archival Field Trip: Filson Seattle”

  1. I saw a few of the blue x black bags at the Filson store in Portland. I’d love to sport an xs wool vest in that plaid.

    I think the gent was wearing his own hat…. Probably a Cabella’s type felted wool hunting hat.

  2. the filson western vest is good stuff. hope it eventually grows on you. i’ve had mine for 3 years and always get complimented on it. everyone from businessmen to hippies in austin like it.

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