Elements of Style

Filson’s Past and Future Style

After 118 years outfitting outdoorsmen and urban lumberjacks, Seattle-based Filson digs into its storehouse of vintage luggage and totes with the recent launch of its Restoration Department, a workshop that gives second life to timeworn gear.

By Amanda Zurita March 4, 2015 Published in the March 2015 issue of Seattle Met

Before and after

Filson’s in-house craftsmen hand select the vintage sacks, pull them apart, and reassemble them into fresh designs reinforced with scraps of coordinating canvas and a distinctive stitching pattern to create one-of-a-kind bags and pouches that are quickly scooped up by patina-loving shoppers who don’t want to spend decades waiting for a new bag to age so gracefully. 

The process is also a source of invention, concedes Filson creative director Alex Carleton. “Based on the particular design solutions we deploy when restoring old Filson products, we’re also inventing ways of leveraging those ideas into new product development.”


See: More on Filson's 118-year history.


This feature appeared in the March 2015 issue of Seattle Met magazine.

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