Last week Owen and I made a trip down to Seattle for the day to visit a couple of factories and visit a few shops. The weather was great and the drive was smooth except for a car tire that flew off about 5' from Owen's face. Fortunately we were able to schedule a last minute meeting and tour at the Filson factory in Seattle. It's probably the most legendary hunting outfitter in the world, and for good reason. The factory was filled with custom rugged twill, heavy Melton wools and fresh cow hides straight from the tannery. Teresa was an excellent tour guide and had the floor running very smoothly. The whole operation from design, production, and inventory checks to the retail floor was very impressive. For having so much going on in the USA as well as strong markets in Japan and a recent growth in Europe, the Seattle based company seemed very much in control. We also had a chance to peak at some of the new models and use of fabrics coming for the Fall–Winter season including some great wool whipcord and lighter weight twill outerwear. It was also one of my first chances to take some photos with my Canon F-1. I didn't have a lot of film left in the day but I was happy with a few of the shots.
Thanks very much to Amy and Teresa for your time. It's definitely worth a visit to the store if you're in Seattle.