Filson Factory Tour

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

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 …

Cool Hunting Video: S. B. Foot Tanning Company

One of the last major American tanneries has been producing high-quality hides for over 100 years

Last year, our friends at Red Wing Shoes invited us out to explore their factory in Minnesota. And, right next door to Red Wing is S.B. Foot Tanning Company. Established in 1872 by the Foot family, the business was eventually purchased by Red Wing Shoes and now provides the shoemaker with all the hides that make up their line of footwear. S.B. Foot’s all-American cattle …

CHV: Kawasaki Building The Wheel

Wheels big and small made in house, thousands at a time

In our fourth and final piece from our visit with Kawasaki in Lincoln, NE we went to a smaller corner of their enormous plant. While probably the least glamorous of their products, their wheels may be the most practical and abundant. The company brings in raw steel and spits out a finished wheel—the entire process takes place thousands of times a day, and no matter …