Filson Factory Tour

A visit to the birthplace of Seattle's favorite "unfailing goods"

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Filson’s continued growth is a testament to the lasting power of quality goods, attention to detail and never taking shortcuts. Since 1897, the Seattle-based brand has outfitted explorers and pioneers with equipment and apparel necessary for survival and adventures in the outdoors. In recent years, they’ve garnered a cult-like following from a more fashion-focused crowd, who look to their authentic heritage aesthetic for bags, briefcases and off-duty outerwear. Facing a surge of growing demand—from city dwellers and outdoors enthusiasts alike—they’ve set in motion plans to increase production output and extend global reach, all while securing its legacy as a Pacific Northwest icon.

A new Filson Flagship store, which will be located on the lower levels of its Seattle headquarters building (which we previously toured)—is set to open later this month, allowing for expanded factory space where its 4th Ave. store now lies. Ahead of the flagship opening, we took a trip to the Filson factory and restoration department to take a look at what goes into the construction of “unfailing goods” and how the uniquely PNW company makes it all happen. Take a look via our slideshow.

Images by Kevin Serai