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):
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:
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:
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).