Originally Posted by dopey
The cheaper bag is also made by Filson.
So I think you are saying this bag costs more than the same Filson model because this bag uses Ugandan cotton which costs more because the Ugandan workers are paid more than the workers who makes Filson's cotton (and maybe the Ugandan cotton is also better for some other reason since you say they "source the material based on quality"). I have no idea where Filson gets its "tin cloth" cotton, but I have no reason to doubt you about which workers are better paid.
Originally Posted by timpoblete
How does the Uganda fabric compare to Filson's standard 256 fabric? Comparable durability, weight, stiffness, etc? Also, any ideas on how the color will fade with time?
Originally Posted by Crane's
The normal 256 material is waxed 22 ounce cotton twill.
The price difference is due to this item being a limited number custom run.
The FilsonxApolis collaboration is made from a 17 ounce fabric, iirc from my conversations with Raan Parton (the designer at Apolis), and is also softer than the usual 22 ounce fabric. The material is more expensive than the usual 22 ounce cotton twill, and is not something that Filson has in house, nor is it the standard weight or construction, so as Carl (Crane's) implied, it requires reconfiguring the production line for a very limited run. I imagine that because of the difference in the weight and stiffness of the cloth, the tension in the machines have to be reconfigured as well. 17 ounce denim is pretty sturdy. It's probably not as indestructible as the 22 ounce cloth, but it will stand up to anything that would not shatter your laptop.