Born in 1850, C. C. Filson inherited his father’s pioneer spirit and love of the outdoors. After homesteading in Nebraska and roaming the country as a railroad conductor, he moved to the small city of Seattle, Washington in the 1890s.
By 1897, the Great Klondike Gold rush was on, and thousands of fortune hunters were stampeding into Seattle, headed north. Armed with a strong work ethic, a reputation for honesty and several years’ experience, C. C. Filson was ready to stake his claim to fame.
In 1897, Filson opened C.C. Filson’s Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, specializing in the goods to outfit the stampeders to the Gold Rush.
Filson designed his goods to protect his customers from unforgiving elements of the Klondike. He owned his own mill and manufactured Mackinaw Wool clothing and blankets, knit goods, as well as selling boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North. In that era, clothing wasn’t a matter of choice, but survival.
The Gold Rush faded into history, but Filson continued to make his goods from the best materials obtainable, and guaranteed every piece of merchandise. Over time, Filson’s name became synonymous with reliability, satisfaction and honest values.
“The goods we quote must not be confounded with the cheap and vastly inferior grade with which he market is over-run. Such goods are not only useless for the purpose for which they are intended, but the person wearing them would be better off without them.”
- Clinton C. Filson, 1914 catalog
We could not be more proud to carry this spectacular brand in our store. For the past 4 ½ years we here at Fontenelle have modeled our quality standards on some of the same pillars that C. C. Filson did well over 100 years ago: Make sure it’s the absolute best. Comfort, protection, and durability never go out of style.