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June 12 is Filson Day
Last June 12, the City of Seattle declared June 12 Filson Day to commemorate the day the 100+ year-old Seattle company opened the doors to its brand new Seattle factory and world headquarters on First Ave. S in SoDo.
While Filson has been quietly manufacturing their clothing and luggage in Seattle since 1897, most recently in their Fourth Ave. S location, their new 57,400 square foot building boasts a state-of-the-art factory, showroom and offices in a converted warehouse. The factory floor, which also features sturdy sewing machines that have been in use for decades, is separated from the lobby by clear glass walls, so visitors have a clear view into the heart of the operation and workers have a nice view out. All of Filson’s luggage and other bags are made right there.
Filson must be in big expansion mode—they’ve recently opened a store in New York, will be opening an outlet in Minnesota and a regular store in Minneapolis (with sister brand Shinola)—and has plans to upgrade its Fourth Ave. S factory in the near future.