C.C. Filson's Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers opened in Seattle, Washington in 1897 to outfit the thousands of prospectors from around the world that were swarming the Klondike River near Dawson City, Yukon, Canada after gold was discovered there in 1896. With the dangerously frigid climate of the Yukon trail; clothing wasn’t a matter of choice, but of survival.
C.C. Filson was a virtuous man armed with a strong work ethic, a reputation for honesty, and several years' experience operating a small loggers' outfitting store. With his own mill and shop, Filson was able to manufacture and sell Mackinaw clothing, blankets, and knit goods alongside boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North. Filson’s garment designs outlasted the Klondike Gold Rush, but his burgeoning business found new customers in outdoorsmen as well as the timber industry. Drawing from his past experience outfitting loggers, Filson designed the iconic Cruiser jacket in 1914. Since then, the brand has expanded to include a line of boots, water-repellent garments for the U.S. Forest Service, and an unparalleled luggage line. In addition, a longstanding research and development team has helped design fly fishing vests and new technologies such as the recoil pad implemented in several of the shooting and hunting outerwear products.
Today, Filson products are as popular as ever, proving the timelessness of their original designs. Along with providing garments of superlative quality, Filson offers a variety of special services aimed at ensuring customer satisfaction. Filson will repair, resole, or re-wax any of their products including those ordered through Très Bien Shop, and replacement leather goods can also be ordered from Filson directly. Inquiries may be directed to Filson’s Customer Care site for more information.