Originally Posted by conak
FYI, it's the corporation that owns Polo Ralph Lauren, (forget what they call themselves now). And we can definitely see that corporate influence. Still generally quality stuff, but they keep adding crap made to increase the profits by exploiting the hard-earned good name, not to mention moving production to 3rd world countries, reducing the overal quality while maintaining prices. Then in order for the high priced outsourced goods to seem reasonable, they jack up the prices of the once standard, solid, American made gear.
I think the Ralph Lauren part is something an urban legend. An executive formerly
of Ralph Lauren ran Filson under Brentwood Associates. Not disagreeing with the corporate influence however (RIP 'Lodge Collection'). Filson was sold last June to Bedrock Manufacturing Co who, as it happens, also owns Shinola- hence the bike. They are a VC run by a guy who made his money with Fossil. They also own Steven Alan.
Depending on your views, here is an article about the new ownerships expansion plans: 20-25 stores and the London shop which just opened up: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2013/06/06/filsons-new-frontiers.html?page=all
It all bums me out that Filson is moving in the direction they are on the one hand BUT they are still manufacturing most of their products in the USA (this is coming back more under the new ownership). I'm from Seattle so somehow I feel more of a personal investment in Filson even though it's a ridiculous sentiment.