Filson - Tin Cloth Backpack
Filson Duffle Bag and Red Wing Limited Engineer Boots - REDWING1905
The Engineer collection was originally developed for engineers working on America’s railroads. The boots with pull-on styling, used minimal stitching to protect the engineer’s feet from the hot embers that fell from the locomotive’s firebox. The buckled side gusset at the top of the boot allowed for easier bending, a necessary requirement as they needed to continuously shovel more coal into the firebox. The first engineer boots, number 919, appeared in the 1941 catalog—they were advertised as pull-on boots for engineers and truck drivers, the new engineers of the open road.
Filson 266 Sportsman Bag - Filson / Levis Colab jacket / Jap Denim via REDWING1905
Worn filson and Red Wing - via Redwing1905
Filson - Sportsman’s Bag
C. C. Filson moved to the small city of Seattle, Washington in the 1890’s and his timing couldn’t have been better. By 1897, the Great Klondike Gold Rush was on, and thousands of fortune hunters were stampeding into Seattle, headed north. In 1897, Filson opened C.C. Filson’s Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, specializing in goods to outfit the stampeders to the Klondike Gold Rush. Stories of harrowing experiences in the Yukon were widely reported and it was for these terrible conditions that Filson designed his goods. He owned his own mill and manufactured Mackinaw clothing, Mackinaw blankets and knit goods, as well as selling boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North. Filson kept in close contact with his customers, improving his goods to meet their specific needs. The stampeders depended on Filson. In that era, clothing wasn’t a matter of choice, but of survival. Today, Filson stands by these traditions and continues to outfit the world with indestructible and time honored goods.
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Filson X Levi’s 2011 Collection
“American denim brand Levi’s has been experiencing a very happy resurgence of both relevance and popularity lately due to an appreciation for their old-school aesthetics abroad as well as a longing for heritage products in the USA. Latest from the jean shop comes a collaboration with another stateside brand born out of the gold rush of the late 1800s: Filson. From the unexpected use of mustard on a Western-styled shirt to deep-cut denim vests, an over-dyed black trucker jacket and waxed cotton hunting coat, the collection embodies a nontraditional take on standard outdoorsy fare. It’s nice to see Levi’s teaming up with a fellow workwear brand for once instead of emphasizing the high fashion route.”
“Levi’s and Filson have teamed up to release the second installation of their Levi’s Workwear by Filson collaboration, a capsule collection featuring iconic silhouettes and celebrated fabrics and materials from both brands. Composed of five men’s pieces, the collection will debut in limited quantities on Monday, August 8. The pieces will be available in select Levi’s and Filson stores, and online at www.filson.com and www.levi.com.”