Seattle-based Filson is one of those 100+-year-old companies you can always count on to bring something new and interesting to market, some of it still made in the USA.The company recently introduced a line of bags made with what they’re calling Rough-Out Boot-Leather Weatherproof Suede. “Rough-out” leather is simply leather with a “rough” surface – the suede – facing out. In some products, rough out leather can be thin and delicate, but the Filson bags are described as, “Full-grain, rough-out boot-leather…weatherproofed during the tanning process so that it can withstand punishing conditions for generations.”
It warms my heart to think there are still companies out there making products that you can expect to give to your kids one day.
Because the leather is presented rough side out, the bags have great texture. The leathers come from two of the most respected tanneries in the US: Horween (rough-out boot leather) and Wicket and Craig (bridle leather trim). The line of products includes a backpack big enough to carry a lap top or enough clothes for an overnighter.Also, available are this snap wallet, the tote bag pictured above and the medium pouch shown below.Every piece comes tanned in a “natural” saddle color but, like all leather goods, just have a little patience while they break-in and you’ll get that unique patina from everyday use.