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Does anyone have any info on the Filson/Apolis Activism bag?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by WhoKnewI, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. robin

    robin Senior member

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    There have already been Steven Alan and Jean Shop collabs.
    They technically weren't collaborations. Jean Shop just bought some bags up, tossed them in their giant industrial equipment, and resold them for twice the usual retail price.
     


  2. bdeuce22

    bdeuce22 Senior member

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    Mauro,

    You should not give a breakdown on the price if you don't want to. People need to realize that there are extra steps in the manufacturing process of this bag than a standard 256.

    Filson needs to make money, Apolis needs to make money, Farinelli's needs to make money, and Invisible Children needs to make money.

    Like Whodini said, comparing this to a standard 256 is not apples to apples. People were not dissecting the costs of a 10 dollar Livestrong strong when you couldve had a plain yellow one for a nickel and neither should we for this bag.
     


  3. robin

    robin Senior member

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    I imagine that having a small production run adds to the price.
     


  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Part of the raison d'etre of this forum is consumer education. There is a value judgement attached to every purchase. I believe that an educated consumer will make a better-informed, and ultimately better, choice. For some people, this will be a good purchase. For others, not so much. Except for those for whom a purchase would be fiscally irresponsible, an ill-informed consumer will not make the right choice for himself for the right reasons.
     


  5. Mauro

    Mauro Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I understand but it just bugs me that everyone wants an exculsive top notch product but wonders why the price tag is what it is.
    It's a Wal-mart mentality thats been hammered into the American mind.
    If I can break it down and explain to people why something costs what it does and it registers then i did my job .
     


  6. bdeuce22

    bdeuce22 Senior member

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    Part of the raison d'etre of this forum is consumer education. There is a value judgement attached to every purchase. I believe that an educated consumer will make a better-informed, and ultimately better, choice. For some people, this will be a good purchase. For others, not so much. Except for those for whom a purchase would be fiscally irresponsible, an ill-informed consumer will not make the right choice for himself for the right reasons.

    i totally agree with informing people of the background behind products. there needs to be a perceived value behind any product for it to be successful. my thinking is that if people haven't realized why the price is where it is, realizing that this is not a standard operation from a large corporation, then laying everything out there will not necessarily swing a person from buying or not buying.
     


  7. Warren G.

    Warren G. Senior member

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    I'm getting the bag.
     


  8. mulansauce

    mulansauce Senior member

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    I don't get the bitching over the price. It is expensive; it is more than I can afford as a college student. So I'm not going to buy it. But I can understand the cost, realize that there are plenty of people who will pay it, and I think it will sell very well. MMM charges $500 for a pair of khakis and there aren't even any African orphans benefiting from the production.
     


  9. appolyon

    appolyon Senior member

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    I'm seriously starting to lean toward getting one. Do we have measurements yet?
     


  10. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    yeah im on the list to get one. i didnt mean to start shit with anyone. i have the utmost respect for mauro and for apolis and for trying to benefit others ... hence i placed the disclaimer. i am just trying to get more info before i throw all that money down. i purchased the context x apolis piece because i knew what i was getting for that price. so yeah i just wanted to know more about the product ... i didnt mean to start this whole debate and didnt want to be called "amateurish" and cheap. so yeah ... sorry [​IMG] i also stated "PLEASE PERSUADE ME" ... so mauro and the like have persuaded me that its a quality product from material, the leather straps, the cause, the production costs, small market share, the fact that if louis vuitton or prada or etc would sell this it would be ridiculously worse ... so yeah, thanks for the help
     


  11. Shea

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    My two brothers and I started the brand Apolis Activism. Thank you for the interest in this Uganda project where we are producing the Filson Original Briefcase and the Thomson Uganda Jacket for Autumn 2009. A mutual friend has introduced us to the CEO of Filson and thanks to his background as being the CEO of Patagonia – we have both been able to see the importance of using trade to connect developing economies to the market place.

    The price of this bag has been a topic of conversation that we would like to address. Thanks to our sales team further partnering with us on this bag we are able to lower the price to $396. Our goal is to impact the end of the supply chain (Uganda, Nepal - see website) with five key products for Autumn 2009. We appreciate feedback from each of you as we begin to create what our Ugandan partner calls “A new era of philanthropy.”

    “Philanthropy is at an exciting cross roads because people are beginning to understand that it can be more a part of our daily lives and not just an afterthought. Donating a percentage to the poor is great, but giving the poor access to opportunity is even better. Apolis is on the forefront of an era of new philanthropy by integrating sustainable development into their supply chain and bringing a whole new meaning to corporate social responsibility. The line between development and business is becoming blurry and consumers are beginning to see their role as they demand to know how, who and where their products are made.” — Ben Thomson, Vice President of International Development, Invisible Children
     


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    sorry for being late to the party here, but i'd like to order one. Would greatly appreciate it if someone let me know how to do that - thanks!
     


  13. zzaveri

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    sorry, one more post so that styleforum will let me send messages..
     


  14. mikey34

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    ahh what the heck put me down to purchase one too mauro!
     


  15. Detour Clothing Store

    Detour Clothing Store Senior member

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    Saw the bag in Vegas...absolutely amazing! Really thick but pliable navy canvas, leather straps, top notch quality. It will definitely live up to the hype. Besides the Apolis brother are awesome, great guys, just about everything they do is for a great cause.
    We'll try to get some measurements and let everyone know how many we'll be able to get and the ship dates.
     


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