Filson’s Ballard Boutique

The C.C Filson Company has opened its newest location in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Filson, a Seattle staple since the gold-rush era of 1897, is the leading outfitter and manufacturer of Unfailing Goods for outdoor enthusiasts. The 1,200 square-foot store, located at 5101 Ballard Avenue, reflects a new community based retail strategy with an assortment which is inspired by the shipbuilders and fishermen of the Ballard community.

The store reveals another chapter of Filson history with its connection to maritime culture and trade. Filson joined regional artists and craftsmen to create an original space that reflects local community and culture including master line riggers, traditional Pacific Northwest artists, and local carpenters and woodworkers who specialize in working with local, reclaimed materials. A prize feature is the landmark itself. Built in 1904 and the first designated historic landmark in Ballard, The Hansen Building is a direct link to the true history, stories and people of Ballard.

The product collection showcases many heritage and iconic pieces familiar from Filson and a handful of custom items specific to the Ballard store; such as limited edition knit wear, t-shirts, hoodies, bags, caps and items not available anywhere else.  Check out the inside:

Established in Seattle in 1897 to outfit prospectors headed for the Yukon, the company’s 119- year legacy is built upon its reputation for honesty, quality and durability. Filson’s long-lasting gear is the choice of explorers, adventurers, ranchers, hunters, anglers, engineers and anyone with a passion for the outdoors. Over a century after its founding, the Filson headquarters remain in Seattle, Washington.

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Thanks to Paul + Williams for passing along the info.

MP - December 7, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Filson’s owners (Bedrock a PE group-which also owns Shinola) has done a good job to not sell out the brand for a quick cash grad, let’s hope they continue on that path which is a tough line to hold.

RCS Gift Guide Five: Bring Me My Shotgun

Bring me my shotgun.  Today we focus on gifts for the outdoor enthusiast.  Whether he’s a crack shot or couldn’t hit the side of a barn, an expert angler or full of fish stories, or a guy that just likes the outdoor look, we’ve got what you need to make his Christmas list look very Cub Scout.  Here we go:

From top left:

1. Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt:  Filson has come out swinging over the past year…adding a bunch of new stuff, as well as new fits.  Their work shirts have a trimmer fit that remains bulletproof, but with better wearability, rather than only being weekend-friendly.
2. Glock 19 Gen 4 Pistol:  All the rage this season; the perfect compliment to that new black alligator belt.  Carry permit sold separately.
3. Randolph X Ball and Buck Hunter’s Sunglasses:  There’s something about the tan-lens look. Yes, it kills all the glare, but it also pays homage to another acid-induced Hunter.
4. Sid Mashburn Fox Club Tie:  The perfect gift for the hunter that likes to bring his work to the office.  Pair this with a navy blazer or with a medium grey suit and they’ll know you mean business.
5. Pesca Muerta Hat:  Absolutely incredible.  If I have to give you any sort of reason to buy this hat, then we need to speak offline.
6. Orvis Mirage Fly Reel:  Quit staring at #7 and get some heavy duty hardware to go catch one.  Get the gold, baby.
7. Smathers & Branson Bonefish Belt:  A waist-high reminder of what you are working for.  That fly fishing trip just needs to be scheduled…go get some ghosts.
8. ‘How To Stay Alive in the Woods’:  The perfect book to forget when you decide to go camping.  Pre-read before the trip.
9. Beretta Wind Barrier Short Zip Sweater:  The adult version of your Patagonia Snap-T.
10. JR Shirt from Criquet:  Throw some Texas-sized badass-ery into the mix.  Criquet killed it with their JR shirt, a cross between a shirt-jacket and a heavy flannel.  Great for the field…if you can get it back from your wife.
11. Ball and Buck Wingone Thrower:  Sure, you can shoot.  But can you throw?  Practice makes perfect…just avoid tennis elbow.
12. Orvis Trout Series Wooden Net:  He won’t forget this one on his way to the river.
13. Edgevale Cast Iron Pants:  They take a licking and keep on ticking.  They have a much better fit that those other heavy canvas pants that tend to wear like a grill cover.
14. Ledbury Moleskin 5-pocket Pants:  A dressed up version of work pants.  The moleskin will keep you warm, just tuck your pants in to your boots…they take a while to dry out.
15. Beretta 486 Shotgun:  For when you need to change out the mantle-piece.
16. LL Bean Maine Guide Four Piece Waxed Canvas Rod Case:  Good luggage isn’t only for you.  Your rod and reels need a ride.  Give them a good one.
17. Hand Warmers:  Yes, I’m sure the fish will bite in 39 degree weather.  It’ll help to know you can feel your hands.  Or your feet.
18. Orvis Sandanona Boots:  Kicks that fit in just about any sort of outdoor, hunting, orange-wearing situation.  Wear them in the field, on the range, or at a Tennessee game (they all come straight from the deer stand anyway).
19. Peach State Pride Topo Trucker Hat:  It’s like wearing the mug shot of who you are hunting.  Very ‘Island of Dr. Moreau’.
20. Indera Union Suit from Tractor Supply:  In a world of technical long underwear, stand out.  The only thing that’s missing are footies…but then who would take you seriously?

DCW - December 5, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Another great list, I just love these and read through all of them. Thanks for the great content.

Landy - December 5, 2016 - 7:04 PM

Have to say my list looks pretty similar. Really like those offerings from Filson and Criquet

Drew - December 6, 2016 - 1:48 PM

You can get the same fox tie — made by Atkinsons — at J. Press for $60 right now.

MP - December 7, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Filson’s owners (Bedrock a PE group-which also owns Shinola) has done a good job to not sell out the brand for a quick cash grad, let’s hope they continue on that path which is a tough line to hold.

Christmas Lights

It’s officially Christmas season, folks. The time for ‘Christmas Vacation’, and Christmas lights. Enjoy:

Catching Up: Ledbury

What a journey Ledbury has experienced over the last few years.  I first posted about them in March of 2012 when they were producing high quality dress shirts out of Richmond, VA:

Since then, things have EXPLODED.

They started producing sweaters.  Then sport coats, then pants, then socks, all along more shirts…all of which keep that cool, stylish Ledbury aesthetic that we’ve all come to know and appreciate.  To me, Ledbury is my best friend’s older brother that is well educated, well traveled, has a great job, drives a cool car, has a great watch, and is always dressed well.

Over the last year, they’ve had two big things happen.  First, they moved their headquarters to a huge space on Broad Street in Richmond, VA.  2000 square feet of the ~12000 space is retail, and in the back they have a special made-to-measure lounge, where customers can interact and pick up a few of their famed shirts.  It also gives them the ability to do more short-run options, like they did in October (a new, small batch shirt every day).

They are starting to show up in some of your favorite retail spots.  Our friends at Beau Outfitters in Jacksonville gladly display their selection of Ledbury shirts next to their Filson bags and Criquet long sleeve pullovers.  They fit right in.  Beau owner Ryan Switzer admits ‘these are the nicest shirts, and they move extremely well for us.’

Second, shirt construction.  One aspect that hasn’t been covered is Ledbury’s expansion into more casual shirts.  And by ‘casual’, I mean the S-M-L-XL shirts that are constructed for an expanded scope of wearable options.  And beyond the new construction, they are exploring new fabric options as well.  They aren’t just dress shirts anymore, folks:

There’s flannel, but it’s good flannel.  Not the overly thick shirt that looks like an adult diaper when tucked in, but a brushed cotton that can be worn comfortably under a sport coat:

There is traditional oxford cloth, which is a welcome addition.  Their Mayfield Oxford fits like a dress shirt, but wears like your favorite OCBD:

And there are more casual fabrics, like the Culver, which is a loosely woven dyed oxford.  The texture is money:

The cut of these shirts is a slim, and there is standard available as well.  I wear a L in these slim fits, and comparatively speaking, I wear a 16×34 slim fit in Brooks Brothers, and a Medium in J. Crew sport shirts.  I get L because I like a little room, and it’s worth the money shortening the sleeves by an inch.  This new breed of Ledbury shirts are cut a couple inches shorter for those that like to wear them untucked.  It’s a nice touch for post-Christmas dinner…you know what I mean.

All in all, I could play Flag Football or swing a golf club comfortably in these shirts…they fit that well.

Ledbury is one of the first companies I talked about on this blog.  Not only do they produce GREAT products, but everyone on their team is such a pleasure to work with.  Both Paul’s are extremely passionate about what they do, and it shows in their work – not just with the shirts, but with customer service as well.  They realized early that their greatest asset are their customers, so they work to ensure that the shirt off their back would work on their customer’s back as well.  We love seeing our friends succeed, and appreciate that they help ya’ll look good too.

Store images: Richmond BizSense

RCS Gift Guide Four: Dear Mr. Fantasy

Moving right along with the RCS gift guides, we are moving on up.  These are the high end gifts that Dear Mr. Fantasy would whole heartedly approve (although he shows no outward emotion).  Need to knock someone’s socks off?  Here you go:

From top left:

1. Dubarry Glenview Waxed Jacket:  A chore coat to watch others do chores for you.  It’s waxed, so it’ll stop the rain, and it’s got deep pockets, for those with deep pockets.
2. Smythson Notebook:  Call me old fashioned, but I work best from lists, and there isn’t a soft version that works as well as longhand.  A good notebook with gold leaf personalization is a sure-fire way to get things done.  Just do something fun with the personalization…like ’99 Problems’, or ‘Meal Plan’.
3. Fujifilm X100T Camera:  The camera that is replacing DSLRs for 90% of all photos.  So good…and light, and it looks really cool as well.
4. A Fly Fishing Trip to Cosmo:  Yeah, this Cosmo.  World class fly fishing in one of the most remote locations on the planet.  Alphonse Fishing Company does it right.  If you go, get me a hat?
5. Colonel Littleton Alligator Front Pocket Wallet:  Does anyone really need a bi-fold, or tri-fold wallet anymore?  This carries all you need, looks great, and the alligator leather will take all abuse.
6. Rancourt Pinch Penny Alligator Loafers:  Sometimes alligator loafers are 100% appropriate.  Let me try that again: if you own alligator loafers, they are always 100% appropriate.  Especially when they are custom jobs, and made in American by a Rancourt.
7. Sid Mashburn Shawl Collar Black Watch Plaid Tuxedo Jacket:  Give ‘Black Tie’ a charge…you won’t have to show off your sweet dance moves to get noticed…instead, you can hang out by the bar and simply look better than the other penguins in the room.
8. Beolit 15 Portable Speaker:  For when you need to rock on the go.
9. Birddogs Gym Shorts:  Women have Lululemon, so guys need shorts that fly at the same altitude.  Enter Birddog.  Get a pair.  Trust me.
10. Tiffany & Co. Fish Flask: For those long waits for a bite on the fly, or for display on your shelf.  Either way, it’s a hip-check that will get the nod from your comrades.
11. Moncler Tib Laquered Down Vest:  Remember ‘Back to the Future’, where Marty wore that awesome vest?  Yeah, me too.  Moncler goes much better with a DeLorean.
12. Loro Piana Cashmere Scarf:  If you are going to wear a scarf, then wear cashmere.  Your significant other will really enjoy it after she steals it from you.
13. Royal Fox Notecards by Alexa Pulitzer:  Please send thank you notes.  Hand written.  Up the game with frame-worthy stationary.
14. Ghurka Fairmont #81 Attache Briefcase:  Do you know what sort of guy it takes to carry a hard-shell leather attache?  Honestly, it shouldn’t take that much, since we live in a world of cheap black nylon computer bags.  Stand out from the crowd.

Mark Your Calendars: David Coggins @ Sid Mashburn (ATL)

Atlanta folks – Mark your calendars:

David Coggins, the author of the outstanding new book ‘Men and Style’ will be signing his book at Sid Mashburn on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Get a chance to shake his hand, get a (signed) book, and look around Sid’s place.

See you there!

Southern Proper X RCS Holiday Giveaway

In keeping with the season, we’re teaming up with the fine ladies at Southern Proper for another giveaway.  Yes, we plan on giving Santa a run for his money.  RCS readers are going to be the best-dressed group on the street:

We’re going to give one lucky Red Clay Soul reader a Goal Line Shirt and a Varsity Vest.  Leave a comment to this post with your choice of shirt and pullover to enter.  For additional entries:

  • +1 (2 Total) ‘Like’ Southern Proper on Facebook
  • +1 (3 Total) ‘Like’ Red Clay Soul on Facebook
  • +1 (4 Total) ‘Follow’ Southern Proper on Twitter
  • +1 (5 Total) ’Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Twitter
  • +1 (6 Total) ‘Follow’ Southern Proper on Instagram
  • +1 (7 Total) ‘Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Instagram
  • +1 (8 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘I entered to win a Goal Line Shirt and Vest from @southern_proper and @redclaysoul Go get down on it:’

Entries must be in by midnight on Sunday, December 4th.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday around lunchtime.

Special thanks to Southern Proper for providing the goods for the giveaway…

Jordan - November 29, 2016 - 8:09 AM

Varsity vest – interior details set it apart from a lot of similar offerings

LLC - November 29, 2016 - 8:13 AM

I like the Blue/Red Goal Line shirt and the Navy Varsity vest. Thanks for the opportunity!

Chris - November 29, 2016 - 8:43 AM

Green/Pink Goal Line shirt and Navy Varsity Vest!

craig mcphail - November 29, 2016 - 8:59 AM

Tough to beat the combo of green/pink Goal Line shirt with the Navy Varsity vest. Can be worn everywhere!

BMOC - November 29, 2016 - 9:01 AM

The exact combo shown in the contest post. Looking sharp!

MRS - November 29, 2016 - 9:10 AM

Chasteen southern shirt and Edgefield vest are strong.

Brad Petri - November 29, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Blue/Red Goal Line shirt and the Navy Varsity vest

Alyssa Emmett - November 29, 2016 - 9:19 AM

The goal line shirt in Grisaille and varsity vest in navy are my favorites!

Ben - November 29, 2016 - 9:21 AM

Always need a new navy vest.

Fritz - November 29, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Red/Blue Goal Line Shirt

Chris - November 29, 2016 - 9:40 AM

Definitely the red/green goal line shirt and navy varsity vest.

Jon Giddens - November 29, 2016 - 9:42 AM

I like the combo that is pictured!

Dan Watson - November 29, 2016 - 9:56 AM

Goal Line Shirt in Red Gingham and the Edgefield Vest. Thanks for the chance to win!

matt bunk - November 29, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Navy Vest

Patrick - November 29, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Looking fratty… I’m about it.

Stacey - November 29, 2016 - 10:07 AM

love the shirt and vest

Tanner - November 29, 2016 - 10:12 AM

The Grisaille Goal Shirt would be great as you can dress it up or down. That navy Varsity vest would be perfect as well and looks nice enough to wear out to dinner and warm enough to wear camping. I’d love both!

Ross - November 29, 2016 - 10:43 AM

I’d chose this exact combo

Seth Tapp - November 29, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Red/Blue Goal Line Shirt and The Navy Vest is hands down a classic look

Blair - November 29, 2016 - 11:11 AM

Red/ Green and Navy Vest

Shawn Johnson - November 29, 2016 - 11:15 AM

The Goal Line green/pink shirt with the Navy Varsity would be on point!

Jonathan Kowalski - November 29, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Red Gingham Goaline shirt & Navy Varsity Vest

Matt - November 29, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Have to go with pictured above.

Justin - November 29, 2016 - 11:41 AM

The goal line re/blue with navy vest is a good look

Steven Bremer - November 29, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Green/pink Varsity shirt with the navy vest. Sharp.

Grant - November 29, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Really liking the Red/Blue Multi Check…have to win one of these contests eventually, right?

rick - November 29, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Both the shirt and vest (either/or) would be great additions to my wardrobe. Thank you for the opportunity!

Mitchell - November 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Varsity Vest – Navy
Goal Line – Red/Blue Multi Check

Btw the Nelson Pullover – Mulch is really nice too!

GP - November 29, 2016 - 2:37 PM

Red/Green check and the navy vest

Matt - November 29, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Gotta go Red/Blue Multi Check and the Navy Tartan Varsity Vest!

Gardner - November 29, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Goal line in Grisaille and navy vest.

Andy - November 29, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Red/blue and the navy. Thanks.

Justin S. - November 29, 2016 - 7:46 PM

I like the Medium Pink Gingham Goal Line Shirt and the Navy Vest! Southern Proper Rocks!

Scott - November 29, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Green/Pink Goal Line shirt and Navy Varsity Vest

Gage Reiter - November 29, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Both the shirt and vest as they are shown would be just fine. That vest would be great for these cold Arkansas falls.

John V - November 29, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Love the Red/Blue Goal line Multi Check with the Navy Varsity Vest

Will - November 29, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Varsity Vest: Can’t get enough of the southern proper tartan!

NVC - November 29, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Grisaille Goal Line and Vest that is one strong combo….bringing the RSC and Southern Proper lifestyle to the Great Pacific Northwest.

DJ - November 29, 2016 - 10:49 PM

Navy varsity vest. Blue gingham goal line shirt

Seth - November 29, 2016 - 10:53 PM

The goal line green/pink multi check would definitely be something different for me, but couldn’t beat the look when it’s paired with the navy varsity vest. Thanks!

Lynn Banducci - November 29, 2016 - 11:53 PM

Love the THE GOAL LINE- GRISAILLE ❤️ It’s absolutely fabulous. Oh my gosh and the vest is amazing!!!!! What a dream

PJ Gibbs - November 30, 2016 - 7:15 AM

Red/blue goal line and I’ve been looking for a new vest and the blue tartan looks amazing.

Travis - November 30, 2016 - 7:49 AM

Goal Line shirt in Cedar. Varsity Vest in Navy.

WTM - November 30, 2016 - 7:50 AM

Heck, the shirt and vest are a perfect combo as pictured!

WTM - November 30, 2016 - 7:51 AM

Heck, the shirt and navy vest are a great combination as pictured!

STW - November 30, 2016 - 9:33 AM

I’m going to go ahead and trust your judgment, that red/blue multi check would look killer with the navy vest. I’ve been meaning to invest in a vest for a while.

Brian Walsh - November 30, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Blue/Red Goal Line shirt and the Navy Vest. If those colors are good enough for the flag, they are good enough for me!

scott - November 30, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Either the Edgefield or the Varsity Vest in navy tartan and the chasteen souther shirt

BW - November 30, 2016 - 6:37 PM

red and blue shirt & navy vest.

Hunter - December 1, 2016 - 9:08 AM

The exact combo shown in the contest post

Kyle - December 1, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Navy/Red Goal line shirt and navy varsity vest. Classic and stylish. Can’t go wrong when paired with khakis or jeans.

Pete - December 1, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The Goal Line in Grisaille. Paired with a varsity vest = money

eric - December 1, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Love it

Chris - December 1, 2016 - 7:07 PM

The red/green goal line shirt and the navy varsity vest

Preston - December 1, 2016 - 9:01 PM

Navy gingham shirt. Navy tartan vest (only because I already have the regular navy one)

Nathan - December 2, 2016 - 1:30 AM

Red/Blue Goal Line Shirt

Conor - December 2, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Green pink goal line
navy vest

Kevin - December 3, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Grisaille shirt and navy varsity can’t be beat

Patrick - December 4, 2016 - 12:33 AM

Edgefield vest and blue/red goal line shirt

Caleb - December 4, 2016 - 1:22 AM

Grisaille goal line shirt with the navy varsity vest!

Cody - December 4, 2016 - 4:38 PM

The combo in the post is nice!

MTC - December 4, 2016 - 10:48 PM

That combo. Definitely that combo.