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Why Filson? A History of America's Greatest Heritage Brand


"Might as well have the best." - Filson Founder Clinton C. Filson

That's not something you hear of often these days.

Maybe "Might as well shop for the best deal."

Or "Might as well just buy something cheap and replaceable since I'm hard on things."

We believe that the best purchase is one that is an investment to your lifestyle, and generally, the best investments are those that have been sustainable and have stood the test of time. You cannot find a brand more fitting for such a description than Filson.

Filson was founded in 1897 in Seattle, WA as an outfitter to prospectors headed to the Klondike for the gold rush. A story central to what Filson is and the company’s appeal. Men throughout recent history have trusted Filson’s products for more than 100 years for hunting, fishing, prospecting, logging, and other outdoor pursuits. That’s the appeal, and that’s the brand. All of the products are made in the USA and the majority of them hand sewn in their Seattle warehouse.

So how does it translate to today?

In a world where things move incredibly fast and are almost thrown away immediately, Filson provides an opportunity to slow things down and play the long game. There is comfort in knowing these products are not only guaranteed for a lifetime, they will last a lifetime. Can you think of many men harder on their goods than gold rushers in the mountainous Yukon? 

C.C. Filson said it best himself: “If a man is going North, he should come to us for his outfit, because we have obtained our ideas of what is best to wear in that country from the experience of the man from the North — not merely one — but hundreds of them.”

Thankfully, their goods are now geared towards temperate Southern climates as well, but the durability and quality remain. If you're going to purchase luggage or a briefcase there is no better option than one that will age like a fine whiskey and withstand all of life's elements.

All Filson products will stand the test of time. We have customers regularly tell us stories of Filson heirloom pieces passed down from fathers and grandfathers. There is almost no brand that can be spoke of in such a way. 

To us, being a Filson dealer is an honor and we hope you appreciate the quality of well made goods as much as we do.

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