The Filson Brand begins with Clinton C. Filson who was born in 1850. He spent his early years roaming the country as a railroad conductor before finally settling down in Seattle, WA in the 1890’s. In the years leading up to the Great Klondike Gold Rush, Filson operated a small loggers’ outfitting store. When the gold rush began in 1897, he was on the forefront of providing supplies to the miners heading North. Filson designed his goods (wool clothing, blankets, boots, sleeping bags and packs) for the bitter cold winters, exposure to wind, rain and rough terrain that the miners would encounter. He kept in touch with customers and used their feedback and experiences to help modify and improve each item to meet their needs. In that era clothing wasn’t a matter of choice, but of survival. There are four crucial materials that make Filson products the ideal products for our environment - Tin Cloth, Mackinaw Wool, Rugged Twill and Bridle Leather.