I can’t speak for the fishing market but the hunting market has blown up over the last 5 years with small batch producers of high end gear and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. It’s actually becoming crowded in my opinion. These bags/coats can be used in the field, flights, hotels etc. I can recommend a alternative outfitter bag @McRiz if you’d like to message me.Interesting observation. I guess the hunting/ fishing market has changed? Ageing out or shifting to more technical and lighter materials? And the outfitter / compartment etc bags were complex and more expensive to make. Meanwhile the private equity owners need to show growth so cheaper / varied options across bags and clothes allow them to try new markets - eg workware.
That said, the Filson stores still feel like they want to embrace the traditional outdoor aesthetic. I certainly don’t get the feeling I’m walking into RL or LL Bean. Interestingly in London there is Filson, Redwing and RRL all in the same small street. RRL feels the least authentic by a long way.
I think I’ve said this before, but the old school part of Filson that we like so much is probably only possible because of the newer stuff. Could a Filson that sold just twill bags, tin cloth and wool garments survive? I don’t know.
Fashions and economics do cycle around too. Perhaps they will do a heritage line and revive the old designs (at steep $$$ of course) one day. I guess FRD and workshop stuff is a bit of a nod in that direction.
A last thought: Personally I’ve come to trust Filson’s long experience. I know If I buy a shirt or a bag it’ll work well and feel good - as long as it’s one of the classic designs. So on that basis what really is missing? There are briefcase options in 2 sizes, two field bags, 3 duffles, several rolling duffles, a tin cloth overnight (48hr), and a few different backpacks. That’s pretty good unless your needs are super specialized?