Besides, it's not like he can really provide any feedback to sway us one way or the other. Chances are, if you care about it at all, you probably already have an opinion and whatever joshgustin says, you likely won't change your mind.
Is it a Filson clone? Yes.
Does it matter? That's up to you.
For the record, I would prefer save up the money to buy an actual Filson. But I don't think it's necessary to make the company owner/founder defend his decision to make the item.