It’s hard to contemplate the rich achieves of Union made outdoor clothing without talking about Filson. Named after its founding creator, C.C. Filson, a strong bond with outdoor industries has always aligned itself with an unflinching passion towards the advancement of the construction and design of Filson’s garments, an ethos that is as strong today as it was during their inaugural years. Filson’s enigmatic history and tradition stems right back to the turn of the century, when the gold rush boom made adventurers out of average men with a dream of wealth and prosper in their hearts. They would flock from all over the newly christened United States to seek out their fortunes and pit their wits against the great outdoors of the north.
C.C. Filson was encouraged by these protagonists of adventure, inspired by their will to seek out their own form of grandeur and having already operated his own logging workers outfitting store, his keen sense of opportunity and passionate savvy for outdoor supplies and clothing took shape and so Filson as we know it was born.
C.C. Filson knew that the prospectors and gold diggers desired clothing that would protect them from the elements, keep them dry, warm and above all provide durability with their ardours work routines. So his knowledge of such materials was deployed and Filson’s reputation grew and was adopted as the gold rush go-getters outfitters if choice.
The rugged and uncompromising northern gold fields were harsh environments for any worker and so the likes of Mackinaw woven clothing and oil slick jackets for wet weather scenarios were some of Filson’s most sought after products, but as today, a vested interest was always assigned to the development of techniques in the clothing that was being produced to suit the requirements of his customer base.
Through the decades that followed the eventual demise of the gold rush, Filson turned his attention to the outdoor industries that followed and relied upon his original knowledge base, being the main supplier for fisherman, loggers, wilderness engineers and adventures, achieving a patent along the way for arguably one of the best selling pieces of outdoor outwear in history, the Cruiser jacket.
Throughout the years Filson’s reputation has only grown stronger, cementing itself in the tapestries of American outdoor culture, relished as one of the true bastions of union made outdoor clothing and setting a precedent for those that have followed since. The ethos and spirit of Filson clothing has never faltered, nor does it slow in pace, always aspiring to work towards its customer’s needs in the production of quality and durable outdoor clothing.