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Filson Bag Thread: With Pictures

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LawrenceMD, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. speedy611

    speedy611 Senior Member

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    Exactly. If you have all your belongings at the client site the 48 works well. If you have all your stuff at the hotel and just need your computer then the 48 is a little big. Then it’s 256 + 48. And Otter’s idea of the 256 nested in the 48.
    Also you could take just one shoulder strap to save bulk. Put it on the 256 for day use and on the 48 at the airport when the 256 is inside it.
     

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    The 48 hour wins the day. One night business trip. One bag.

    Did decide to add my wider leather strap instead of the cotton webbed one it comes with. I think it just looks better.

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  3. lineate

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    Man, you guys move quick! I got buried in work and you've gone from the virtues of MiUSA straight through to what bag to pack for what trip. Lovely.

    This made me laugh. I'm not proud to admit it, but I've definitely done a quick (last minute) business trip to Spain out of my standard briefcase. Just a change of shirt, underwear, socks, toiletries, and laptop and off we go.

    The MiUSA conversation is particularly interesting to me. I am American, grew up in New York, but have lived in London for 10 years now. It's only been the last few years that my "American-ness" has started to mean a lot more to me. When I was growing up, social scene or subculture was everything. You were judged by music, books, films, whatever. I don't know if it's getting deeper into my 30s or what, but where I came from is starting to feel like a bigger part of who I am. Much bigger than those other cultural touchpoints that felt so big.

    The downside is that I've been buying stuff like Filson and Red Wing that I could have easily stollen from my Dad or Grandpa should I have stayed in the States. And I'm often paying European prices, which is insane. But do I wait until my next trip to the US? Of course not, I gotta have it now.
     

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    What made you pack up and move to London, if you don't mind me asking? How is "American Pride" viewed in London?
     

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    Nice Patina on your Otter Green 48HR, how are you liking it as it gets more broken in? Also that's a nice looking crocodile leather shoulder strap you got there (at least from this angle) :fonz:
     

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    For a damp, drizzly, cool day, I'm wearing my Filson Lovat moleskin workshirt today - perfect :)
     

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    It’s not very pretty either! I don’t understand the collaboration thing. If I want levi’s I’ll buy Levi’s, if I want Filson I’ll buy that. Don’t even get me started on a Harley Davidson F150!!!
     

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    Cold, wet, and raw here, 10003 today.
     

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    I came for work, for six months, and ended up loving it and having quite an adventure. Now I’m married to a born Londoner who will never live anywhere else, so I guess I’m here to stay?

    “American Pride” is a bit of a weird one. I work in advertising, so you have to take everything I say with a grain of salt because I think about brand and branding many thousands of times more than a “normal” person.

    I have a good friend who is a bit older than me, Scottish, and so down with Americana it’s unreal. He can nerd out on American provenance and heritage stories for anything from military surplus to Engineered Gaments reference points to New Balance trainers. All balanced with a healthy love of football (soccer) that is just beyond me. We can talk about these things passionately.

    But that’s in my bubble, one extreme.

    My immediate colleagues don’t think of me as that American at all, weirdly. They think I’m more into Japanese minimalism and stuff

    In the middle, most people I know have been to, or desire to, visit the US.

    Then there’s the other side.

    Once, when I first moved to London, I went out to the countryside for a weekend with a friend. We’d been drinking, having a great time, and went to get some food late night at a chip shop. We were talking, I was probably quite loud. I only have an outdoor voice. A woman, a total stranger, in front of in the line to order turned around and punched me square in the face. Like, full on, proper punch that made me whip around. Killer hook.

    I said “what the fuck was that for?”

    “I always wanted to punch an American”

    Nice.

    Having had a few, I was stupid enough to have said, “do you feel better now?”

    She hauled off and punched me on the other side of my face, and said, “yeah.”

    That was early 2009 I think, and literally the one time I’ve had an overtly adverse reaction in the U.K.

    Today the American “brand” is having different challenges. But I’ve never had an exchange quite like that one.
     
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    That's.
    Crazy.

    I travel a lot, and I do notice that Americans tend to be very loud, but sheesh.
     

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    It’s now funny, and one of my favourite travel stories.
     

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    You have a better sense of humor than I do. I did have a guy poke at me a couple times once when I was overseas, which I ignored, which made him even more persnickety. After his second (missed) swing, he was wondering how he wound up face down on the floor (and complaining quite loudly about it). It's amazing and occasionally useful how little people understand their own balance. I've had a couple more sinister things happen traveling over the years that keep me pretty alert when I'm out and around...

    I'm generally very easy-going...until I'm not. Honestly not sure how I would have reacted in your place, though I know I wouldn't hit a woman unless I genuinely needed to defend myself.
     

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