CC Filson Co. - RIP


PDA






TrapperReady
October 6, 2005, 12:11 PM
It appears that CC Filson Co. has a new CEO, Doug Williams, who previously headed up the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. Additionally, they have hired John Zannini (previously with Polo and Banana Republic) as the company's Creative Director. As a part of the corporate makeover, they've launched a new CC Filson Lodge Collection and are going to be opening some retail stores.

I just got the new catalog yesterday. It's a bunch of Orvis-like high-priced "fashion" clothing and metro-woodsy (to coin a phrase) trinkets. For Pete's sake, there are three PAGES of wallets. The vast majority of the new catalog items are imported, unlike the "old Filson" Made-In-USA norm.

In fact, Mr. Williams has a letter "To Our Loyal Filson Customer" at the beginning of the catalog. In it, he says:


It is tremendously humbling to have the opportunity to lead the C.C. Filson Company. From our founder, Clinton C. Filson, to men like Jack Abercrombie and Stan Kohls, we continue to strive to meet the demands of you, the Filson customer, and to deliver on the promise of our brand: "Might as well have the Best."


I'm darned-near a poster child of a "Loyal Filson Customer", as I've used their gear for bird hunting for years... and honestly found it to be "the Best". However, I find it troubling that the company is headed by someone who is invoking the name Abercrombie. It used to be that Abercrombie & Fitch was a premier outfitter, much like the Cabela's of it's time. You could purchase shotguns and fishing tackle at Abercrombie... now they sell crappy clothes to young teenagers by using soft-porn as a marketing tool.

While Filson will continue to manufacture and sell their traditional line of outdoor clothing, I won't be surprised if that "less profitable" line of business is discontinued down the line.

I used to look forward to getting the Filson catalog. Today, I called and had them remove me from the mailing list. :( The title of this thread may be premature, but I wager the Filson we've known is not long for this world.

Related Links:

Puget Sound Business Journal Story (http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2005/01/24/story3.html?page=1)
Seattle Times Article (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw07032005/coverstory.html)

If you enjoyed reading about "CC Filson Co. - RIP" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
JohnBT
October 6, 2005, 01:41 PM
Well heck, I don't see how they've stayed in business this long - the stuff doesn't ever wear out. :)

Orvis just opened a 2-story store here. I checked it out Sunday morning and found no gun stuff, but nice fly fishing gear and a design your own doggy bed section. The sport shirts and slacks would be okay if they weren't $69 to $79. All in all I liked the high-dollar atmosphere, especially watching the guy rewax a Barbour coat. Then I walked next door to Dick's for some Remington ear plugs - I hated Dick's even more after seeing the Orvis store.

John

waterhouse
October 6, 2005, 02:54 PM
Well heck, I don't see how they've stayed in business this long - the stuff doesn't ever wear out.

Ain't that the truth. My uncle gave me a pair of brush chaps a couple years ago. He says they are about 15 years old and I only got them because he got new ones as a gift. I only wear them about 20 times a year when hunting or clearing brush, but they take some abuse when I do use them. I'm pretty sure they will outlast me.

Hopefully their high quality will continue.

Atticus
October 6, 2005, 02:59 PM
Great....I can't wait to see the Abercrombie Chaps ads :uhoh:

dfariswheel
October 6, 2005, 03:05 PM
Could be worst......they could go the way of Abercrombie & Fitch.

They USED to be THE place to buy expensive sporting guns and clothing for people who REALLY used them.

Care to take a look at their current catalogs?

A lady recently showed me a copy she'd taken away from her son.
It was full of obscene photos of young men and women who looked like heroin addicts wearing A&F's version of what the counter-culture is wearing.

Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Ruark are doing about 2500 RPM about now.

Diamondback
October 6, 2005, 03:06 PM
Well heck, I don't see how they've stayed in business this long - the stuff doesn't ever wear out.
...its true.....even in two generations it would be impossible to wear out one of their mackinaws...."might as well have the best".

-regards

JohnBT
October 6, 2005, 03:08 PM
"In the basement, an armored rifle range was set up." :)
______

"By 1917, Abercrombie & Fitch moved to Madison Avenue and 45th Street, where it occupied an entire twelve story building. Outside a sign proclaimed "Where the Blazed Trail Crosses the Boulevard." Abercrombie & Fitch had become the largest sporting goods store in the world, as well as the most impressive. A log cabin was built on the roof, which Fitch used as a townhouse. Next to it he had a casting pool installed, where serious fishermen could sample the store's impressive collection of rods and flies. In the basement, an armored rifle range was set up. There was also a golf school, a floor dedicated solely to completely set-up camps, and a dog and cat kennel. In addition to the more standard types of outdoor goods, A&F had a selection of exotic sporting equipment that would make the imagination reel: hot air balloons, yachting pennants, portable trampolines, treadmills for exercising dogs, throwing knives, shirts of chainmail, leopard collars, and everything a person could possibly need for falconry.

Abercrombie & Fitch outfitted many great hunting and exploration expeditions, like Theodore Roosevelt's trips to Africa and the Amazon and Robert Peary's expedition to the North Pole. Ernest Hemingway bought his guns there. Presidents Hoover and Einsenhower relied on A&F for the best fishing equipment. Other famous clients included Amelia Earhart, Presidents Taft, Harding and Kennedy, the Duke of Windsor, Bing Crosby, Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Clark Gable. And there was more: Cole Porter ordered his evening clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch. During Prohibition, A&F was the place to buy hip flasks."

Standing Wolf
October 6, 2005, 04:26 PM
It's a bunch of Orvis-like high-priced "fashion" clothing and metro-woodsy (to coin a phrase) trinkets.

It's not a bad phrase.

I enjoy catalogues a lot. I buy virtually all my clothes and well over half my shooting stuff through catalogues. I used to work for a couple catalogue operations.

I haven't seen this Filson Style catalogue yet, but imagine it'll be full of high ticket stuff identified as "imported," which usually means it's second or third quality junk made in communist China. There appears to be no shortage of wimpy guys who want to pass as he-man types.

Cosmoline
October 6, 2005, 04:32 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOO!

:cuss: :banghead:

One of the great things about CC Filson has been the fact that it DOESN'T change. The tin cloth coat is the same coat my grandfather wore in the '40's. Same material, same process, same US production facility. I just pray that doesn't change.

Danner got taken over a few years ago and so far the new parent company has introduced a cheap line of cruddy Chicom boots, but continue to make the true Danners in Portland. What I fear may be happening is the US made boots are losing out to the cheaper Chicom "Danners," so in the end the CEO will be able to cut the expensive domestic production as unprofitable. We could see the same pattern at Filson.

TrapperReady
October 6, 2005, 04:44 PM
While I fervently hope that Filson doesn't stop producing the type of gear that they have made for the past 100 years, I am less than hopeful. The company is now headed by someone who ran a company based ENTIRELY on image (Polo), and has a "creative director" (I cringe at the mere thought of those words) who comes from Banana Republic. Maybe we'll see tin-cloth chaps on the runways in New York and Milan. :rolleyes:

These folks are interested in the image the "brand" evokes... and how much money they can make. More power to them, but it won't be my money. Not any more.

By the way, when I called to inform them that I wanted to be removed from the mailing list and e-mail updates, the CSR wanted to know which catalog I had received most recently. He described the cover as "a picture of two guys sitting down with their dalmation". He did this while half-heartedly trying to convince me that I was wrong and that the company wasn't veering off-course. In true keeping with the "American Sportsman" theme which is pervasive in the catalog, the "dalmation" which he described is actually an English Setter. :rolleyes:

tombo
December 31, 2005, 07:56 AM
I too noticed Filson's "change" with their lodge line. Thanks for the info on the change in CEO's. That explains a lot. I'm not sure what I would do if I can't get the Merino wool fingerless gloves. For those who have never tried them they are wonderful. BTW, my latest Filson catalog had a sale section (first time I have ever seen that) and what was on sale?- the lodge collection stuff. Maybe they have noticed no one is buying it.

El Tejon
December 31, 2005, 08:38 AM
Noooo! If Filson becomes "cool", their quality will go to heck in a handbasket.:(

El Tejon, stylishly clad in his Forest Green mackinaw jacket.

TallPine
December 31, 2005, 11:24 AM
I have always wondered if the Filson "tin coat" and "tin pants" so commonly worn by loggers in the NW wsn't the inspiration for the "Tin Woodman" in Wizard of Oz ...?

birddog
December 31, 2005, 01:06 PM
I've had the Tin Cloth coat...forever...Since both my birddogs were pups anyway. That coat, though discolored and aged, is as tough as it ever was against thorns and briars. I also have the fedora style hat and it too is as tough as nails. I hope they continue producing these products. I guess, though, even if they don't, I've got mine and won't ever need to replace them.

:neener:

James Brady
December 31, 2005, 01:22 PM
Anybody get those $100 coasters for Christmas? ;) Filson is good and expensive. I wouldn't mind seeing them expand their product line if they don't screw with what they've got going now. I swear by their double tin chaps here in pheasant country.

JohnBT
December 31, 2005, 02:39 PM
No coasters, but I did get a wetlands camo insulated ball cap with fold-down wool earflaps. That makes 6 Filson hats for me. They make XXL hats.

I was browsing throught the catalog and I don't think I need a 5-pound draftsman's weight for $75...

http://fil.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pFILSON1-2231466p275w.jpg

carebear
December 31, 2005, 02:52 PM
Now if they made that with a "v"-indentation they'd have a classy muzzle rest for the upper crust shotgunner. :evil:

Old Dog
December 31, 2005, 02:55 PM
My twenty-year-old "tin cloth" hat is indestructable, a great hat for the slightly soggy Western Washington winters ... the Filson Tin Wax does seems to be getting harder to find though ... I remember the day when Filson and Woolrich representated most about all of the hunting clothing everyone in the family back in the upper midwest wore ...

Danner got taken over a few years ago and so far the new parent company has introduced a cheap line of cruddy Chicom boots, but continue to make the true Danners in Portland. I must confess I picked up some new Danners recently at what I thought was a great price (under $200) and didn't realize until I got 'em home they were made in China (I had no idea Danner had sold out too). Still, I kept 'em as they are quite comfortable and much better made than anything in that price range (Timberland and Merrill have both sold out and gone downhill as well) ...

Brass Balls
December 31, 2005, 03:40 PM
The new "lodge" stuff is a joke. Like this vest is something a longtime Filson customer would want. :barf:

http://fil.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pFILSON1-2232162p275w.jpg


Looks like I'd better add those few wool and tin cloth garments I've wanted to my collection of Filson gear before it's too late. :(

Tim Burke
December 31, 2005, 04:03 PM
A vest that doesn't scream, "GUN!." Too bad it screams, "Weenie!"

Ares45
December 31, 2005, 04:56 PM
Crap! Well, that's news to me. I think this Polo Weenie has ruined my day. Better double up on all the stuff I already own just in case it ever wears out.

On a side note, I did manage to tear up a pair of Filson chaps over several seasons of bird hunting in Tx. Those mesquite bushes will punch a hole thru a 10 ply tire so it's no wonder they eventually got my Filsons too.

Cosmoline
December 31, 2005, 05:04 PM
No coasters, but I did get a wetlands camo insulated ball cap with fold-down wool earflaps. That makes 6 Filson hats for me. They make XXL hats.


I'm another one with an excessively huge head, and Filsons is one of the last companies to size quality outdoor hats to my dimensions. This one is my favorite:

http://www.fireflywiki.org/img/jayne-hat2.jpg

Cosmoline
December 31, 2005, 05:07 PM
I must confess I picked up some new Danners recently at what I thought was a great price (under $200) and didn't realize until I got 'em home they were made in China (I had no idea Danner had sold out too). Still, I kept 'em as they are quite comfortable and much better made than anything in that price range (Timberland and Merrill have both sold out and gone downhill as well) ...

They do a good job hiding the fact. For Chicom production they're better than average, but they're still "Danners" in NAME ONLY. The original Portland-made Danners are still in production, and still excellent, but the company has now set it up so the Chinese branch is undercutting the Portland factory. I won't touch the Chinese boots with anything other than some kerosene and a match. Those people are the enemy.

Pilot
December 31, 2005, 05:22 PM
The Yuppies have won again.

Does anyone remember when L.L. Bean was an outfitter instead of a department store?

Arethusa
December 31, 2005, 06:46 PM
I'm not really sure what is going on with Filson. There is no way in hell that vest is appealing to the fashion crowd, and they're at least branching out from the hard line traditional outdoorsy/outfitter market, if not necessarily abandoning it.

carebear
December 31, 2005, 06:47 PM
I'm another one with an excessively huge head, and Filsons is one of the last companies to size quality outdoor hats to my dimensions. This one is my favorite:

http://www.fireflywiki.org/img/jayne-hat2.jpg

That's a cunning hat Cos. :D

Cosmoline
December 31, 2005, 07:06 PM
That's a cunning hat Cos. :D

It's the Filson wildfowl hat. As soon as I saw "Firefly" and saw my favorite hat in it, I was hooked. THere's a lot of tincloth in the TV show as well

http://fil.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pFILSON1-2231620p275w.jpg

waterhouse
December 31, 2005, 07:18 PM
I don't mean to threadjack on the Filson thing and all, but I believe this is a cunning hat. :D I had to teach myself how to knit to make the damn thing to.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v601/waterhouse/jaynehat.jpg

telcontar
January 1, 2006, 11:49 AM
Pilot,
I remember when LL Beans was just a small store. The clerk would have a cot by the register. If you came in at 3 in the morning on your way to the Allagash you might wake him up.
Looks like I'll have to stock up on some stuff also.
I have some fine pieces of clothing that just will not wear out. Matter of fact I have a pair of Whipcord trousers that I have worn just about everywere and in all kinds of conditions for the last fifteen years. They look like I just bought them.

greg531mi
January 1, 2006, 12:00 PM
I think some one should send this thread to them.....Tell them what their long time customers think......

pete f
January 1, 2006, 02:38 PM
I have a double mac jacket that was OLD when my grandfather gave it to me 32 years ago. It still looks good after it's annual trip to the dry cleaners. Damn morons who think useful clothing means stuff that gets used up, not just used.

Beans dropped the hunting catalog about 5-6 years ago and I sent them a letter saying they had gotten the last of my dollars. They also now sell more imported garments than US made clothing.

A&F was worth a day trip to NYC when i was a little kid. We would get up crack of dawn on the day after thanksgiving every years and ride the train from Boston down to Grand Central ( I think) and then a TAXI (what an extravagence) over to A&F. My mom and my grandmother would continue over to Macy's and do there shopping there, sometimes they stopped at tiffany's. I remember thinking I could live in A&F Hunting stuff, Golf stuff, A whole room of baseball gloves. My grandfather would go to the salt water fishing dept and would select a "present" for himself (grandma was doing the same at tiffany's or Macy's) and then we would go walking around. I do not think my grandfather went there more than once or twice a year at most, yet there was this little guy who always remembered his name and as i got older my name too. I do not know if he fished much but he knew everything there was to know about Penn rods and reels, and would take five or six out of the box and set them on the counter and spin them slow and listen before telling us, "Yessir, this one is a keeper" and we would walk out with another reel.
I remember being on the gun floor and seeing a very nice little bolt rifle and that guy behind the counter reaching for it and handing it to ME!!!!. It was a 250 savage in a mexican Mauser custom, ohhhh what a little jewel. And now it is a porn producer. only the name remains.

Flood Filson with emails and calls, tell them that filson means AMERICAN made PREMIUM materials at a PREMIUM price, changing that will destroy it's niche.

MillCreek
January 1, 2006, 03:01 PM
As I read this thread about Filson, and LL Bean, and Abercrombie & Fitch, I am reminded of another formerly great outdoor outfitter that has gone this same route: Eddie Bauer. I remember as a young boy and teenager going to the flagship store in downtown Seattle and looking at the fine English shotguns, fly rods and other quality real outdoor gear. And now look at them.

I suppose they had to do this to survive, with the changing demographics in the marketplace and the decline in traditional outdoor sports. Too bad that REI is going this same way, too. I have never lived on the East Coast, but my friends there say the same thing about Eastern Mountain Sports. Hopefully, you will still be able to get gear at these places.

Correia
January 1, 2006, 03:38 PM
Well, at least Woolrich still makes good stuff. (shameless plug, see my sig line) :)

Mongo the Mutterer
January 1, 2006, 03:57 PM
The Yuppies have won again.

Does anyone remember when L.L. Bean was an outfitter instead of a department store?Yep and I remember when Orvis sold flyrods and equipment, not snuggle rugs for large breasted cabin honeys...

(not that Mongo has a problem with large breasted cabin honeys :D )

redranger1
January 1, 2006, 05:30 PM
i just checked out their site and :what: !!! i cannot believe the prices on that stuff. there is "you get what you pay for", there is "good stuff", and then there is "youve been had!"

Boudicca
January 1, 2006, 05:38 PM
I have always wondered if the Filson "tin coat" and "tin pants" so commonly worn by loggers in the NW wsn't the inspiration for the "Tin Woodman" in Wizard of Oz ...?


How well I remember my dad's tin pants and his Filson "gyppo" jackets. My sisters and I all have Filson hats. The logger's daughters all have big noggins and those XL Filson hats keep the rain off.

I don't know if that gear inspired the Tin Woodman, but your mention of tin pants brought back a thousand memories of growing up in the woods of Oregon and Alaska.

Cactus
January 1, 2006, 06:31 PM
Could be worst......they could go the way of Abercrombie & Fitch.

They USED to be THE place to buy expensive sporting guns and clothing for people who REALLY used them.

Same thing with Eddie Bauer! Thirty years ago, E.B.'s used to have the most incredible gun, hunting and fishing sections I had ever seen; made a young man just stand slack jawed in awe. It was said that if you were heading for Africa on safari or Mt. Everest to climb, you went to A&F if you lived east of the Mississippi and to E.B.'s if you lived west of the Mississippi.

They were bought out by Speigel (of catalog "fame") about 25 years ago and now they are just a casual clothing store for urbanites wanting to "rough it".http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/traurig/sad-smiley-046.gif

Cactus
January 1, 2006, 06:33 PM
Yep and I remember when Orvis sold flyrods and equipment, not snuggle rugs for large breasted cabin honeys...

Still do! I get their catalog twice a year and there are retail fly shops throughout the country.

Brass Balls
January 1, 2006, 07:26 PM
i just checked out their site and !!! i cannot believe the prices on that stuff. there is "you get what you pay for", there is "good stuff", and then there is "youve been had!"


The computation of cost should include how many times you use something. If you take most Filson gear and divide the price by the number of times you've worn it the value becomes more clear.

Then there is the expense of purchasing something that doesn't serve it's intended purpose. That's a total waste because one then has to go out and spend the money they could have spent the first time for something that will perform in it's intended role.

rwc
January 1, 2006, 08:51 PM
Coincidentally I went by their main store/factory last week for my first look around (they moved a couple years ago). Most of the displays were "metrowoodsy" but they still had about 1/3 of the store devoted to hunting gear. You can also look through a window and watch folks sewing the clothes. Or sit in the faux lodge area and watch outdoorsy videos...

Mongo the Mutterer
January 2, 2006, 11:51 AM
Still do! I get their catalog twice a year and there are retail fly shops throughout the country. Yeah I get it too, but I use it for ideas, not shopping..

Have an Orvis store in STL. 80 to 85% clothing, the rest fly fishing. Not bad but their prices are now absolutely insane for most of their stuff. However, my lady has a pair of Orvis wading shoes and a pair of their breathable waders...

Bought them at Bass Pro Shop for half of what Orvis charges in their catalog!

IV Troop
January 2, 2006, 12:42 PM
Quote:
Well heck, I don't see how they've stayed in business this long - the stuff doesn't ever wear out.


...its true.....even in two generations it would be impossible to wear out one of their mackinaws...."might as well have the best".

-regards


Yep,

I have a red and black woods jacket that my grandad bought in the 1950s. He was a very avid outdoorsman, spending his time in the Northwest and Alaska.

I had to make one sewing repair and replace two buttons when I got that coat. I have spent hundreds of hours outdoors in that coat, hunting and woodsbumming. I plan on giving it to my son when I have one. My wife even wears it now and then though it is a bit large on her.

I must admit there is something strangely sexy about a hot little cowgirl in a 50 year old hunting coat:evil: .

I will pass this on to the next generation. That will be FOUR generations of hunters for one piece of Filson gear.

Pilot
January 2, 2006, 02:26 PM
Pilot,
I remember when LL Beans was just a small store. The clerk would have a cot by the register. If you came in at 3 in the morning on your way to the Allagash you might wake him up.



That's neat. I was there first around 1980 in the old store. Still somewhat had the outfitter feel. Sadly, today, its just another store with a few canoes and fishing rods hanging around.

henryiv
January 2, 2006, 03:38 PM
This thread inspired me to go ahead and buy a Filson "Cruiser" as I have always wanted one, and since the company looks like it will change for the worse soon, I had better get the real thing now. My father went to college at Oregon St back in the 50s and has a lot of good memorys about Filson Cruisers.

farscott
January 2, 2006, 04:28 PM
I am glad I got my wool cape coat before Filson is ruined.

tombo
January 11, 2006, 07:43 AM
I just got a Filson Mackinaw wool vest. Nice! Think I'll have another.

Brass Balls
January 11, 2006, 06:23 PM
Their moleskin vests are really nice too. It's cut and style is the same as the mackinaw wool vest, but it's made of thick cotton. Kinda nice because owning both enables one to span a wider temp range. The only thing I've found, which may just be me because I have a tall torso, is that both styles are just a bit short for concealed carry. They cover the belt, but not by much and reaching over head or bending forward will raise the garment over the belt. IMO this makes the long version a better choice for CCW.

clic pic

http://fil.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pFILSON1-2232759p275w.jpg (http://www.filson.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2092553&cp=2069836.2069837.2118239&parentPage=family)

tombo
January 11, 2006, 08:27 PM
I may get a moleskin vest next. The wool vest I just got seems as though it will be okay for ccw with a IWB holster. It just covers the belt. Just have to be careful bending over and reaching.

TrapperReady
January 17, 2006, 11:35 PM
I just got an e-mail from Filson, advertising their Lodge Collection stuff at a rather significant discount... like around 50% for most of it. Funny, they're not discounting their "classic" items.

Do you think "Loyal Filson Customers" just may not be buying the new crap?

:D :D

LAK
January 18, 2006, 06:08 AM
Sounds like another destined to become just another name on trendy clothing.

What a shame.

For those that have difficulty finding the Filson product in the future; Barbour Thornproof wax dressing will no doubt work as well.
--------------------------------------

http://ussliberty.org
http://ssunitedstates.org

Omaha-BeenGlockin
January 18, 2006, 07:04 AM
Sounds like the Bareback Mtn line of chaps is right around the corner-----for those wishing to go eeerr uuumm bare back-------just be carefull picking up the soap---so to speak.

farscott
January 18, 2006, 07:25 AM
I picked up a few more Filson garments, including a forest green Cruiser and a gray wool vest. Perhaps this is a new way to market: get the customer to believe the new stuff is pushing out the old stuff. If so, it worked on me.

bigbore442001
January 18, 2006, 07:48 AM
It seems that it is getting to the point where if you want something well made i.e. MADE IN USA you are going to have to look a bit harder. It seems that there are niche companies that will fit this gap when good ole companies have gone the yuppie puke route. It may be good for the bottom line but we get it in the bottom.

There is another alternative. Make you own. I've gone to Malden Mills where Polartec fleece is made and had mom make me some hunting outfits. Can't get more American made than that. I may have to learn to sew so I can have something that fits,. works and wont fall apart like something from a slave factory overseas.

Cosmoline
January 18, 2006, 05:22 PM
What's particularly sad is that outifts like Filson and Danner have been the very last high-quality US garment makers. Once Danner shifts totally over the the ChiComs and Filson follows suit, there will literally be almost nobody in the US who can make a high-quality boot or durable outdoor clothing. We'll be left with chicom garbage made by prisoners that falls apart after a year and must be replaced with more garbage made by chicom prisoners. The only way this will stop is if we go to war with the Chinese. Though at that point our troops will have to fight naked.

LAK
January 19, 2006, 04:27 AM
We'll be left with chicom garbage made by prisoners that falls apart after a year and must be replaced with more garbage made by chicom prisoners. The only way this will stop is if we go to war with the Chinese. Though at that point our troops will have to fight naked.
I have bought several Barbour items in the past, and recently one item made by another U.K. firm called Campbell Cooper, as well as some other continental items. They are pricey, but they appear regularly on the evilBay for a great deal less than retail.

I think that companies like Filson will indeed be replaced by other domestic producers. It is just a question of them becoming widely known - and not selling out into public ownership - which is always the beginning of the end.

I wish there was a domestic producer of genuine Cotton Ventile clothing in this country; the only one I know of is West Winds, located in the U.K.
---------------------------------------------

http://ussliberty.org
http://ssunitedstates.org

harrydog
January 19, 2006, 08:41 AM
We should all write to Filson, expressing our concern. Hopefully if they hear from enough people, and more importantly, if we buy enough of their products, they will continue making and selling the traditional clothing.
Another company that makes great woolen clothing is Johnson Woolen Mills. I've bought numerous things from them over the years and they are very well made.
http://www.johnsonwoolenmills.com/
We should all support these types of companies by purchasing their products. It's the only way they can remain in existence.

If you enjoyed reading about "CC Filson Co. - RIP" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!