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Filson Love

20140312-061046.jpg Since 1897, Filson has been making stellar goods right here in Seattle. I have been a Filson fan since I moved here almost 30 years ago. The first thing I purchased was a hat, which still looks as good today as it did when I first bought it. Filson stuff is durable and timeless. One of the more satisfying things about my upcoming book is I was able to do the photography for it. I bonded with all my new camera equipment, but never really loved the black camera bag that I kept it all in. It looked like a camera bag! This is where the above bag enters the picture. Filson makes amazing bags. Really some of the best quality and some of the best prices. This bag just spoke to me on my last visit to their flagship store as a new camera bag. Tons of compartments for all camera related goods, as well as files and wallet and keys. All looking quite stylish in the process, I might add. Check out the FILSON website here if you are unfamiliar with them. It has that rugged, preppy, incredibly well-made thing going on I really love.

Just a quick word about when I write about a product, a brand, a restaurant, or particular goods (aside from the things I feature from Watson Kennedy)–I have never made a penny off of writing about something I like on my blog. I share my likes with you all because if I really like something, I like sharing it. If this ever becomes the case, I would certainly preface it. I am not knocking those that do, I just wanted to be clear with how things have rolled up to this point. Bottom line, I think Filson rocks!
A happy, happy middle of the week to you all. Ted



The Things I Carry

20111117-065509.jpg A customer came up to me yesterday who must read the daily blog, and asked, “What do you carry in your bag?” At first I was a bit stunned, and then I remembered the post I wrote yesterday morning. Tipping my hat to you, Mr. Fielden. Here are the things I carry.

1-My Filson bag is the perfect size to carry me thru the day.
2-The Burberry umbrella I bought at least 15 years ago in London, will now be an item I carry daily. Darn it.
3-Gold dollar coins that I like using for barista & taxi tips.
4-A vintage Mont Blanc pen that was a gift from David Sive, Ted’s dad.
5-My trusty iPad, and the only thing missing from the photo is my iPhone, because that is what I used to take the photo. Hard to imagine a day going by that I don’t use one or the other, but almost always both.
6-The Louis Vuitton daytimer that I bought my freshman year in college when I was visiting my sister in Palm Beach over Winter break, that looks as good today as when I bought it. It is no longer my daytimer, but instead holds a Moleskin journal for quick note taking & doodling, as well as notecards for when I need to send off a quick note. The little LV wallet was a recent purchase on our trip to Charleston. They make indestructible goods.
7-My keys, which contains a charm made for me by my friend CoCo, that says, Live in the Moment. A sentiment that holds huge meaning for me in my life.
8-A box of matches from Sant Ambroeus in New York, that reminds me of a magical night we had there.
9-A vintage 63 game piece given to me by my friend Jane Dagmi. We give each other 63 items, as we share the same birth year.
10-A roll of Harry Barker No. 2 bags for Bailey.
11-A tin of Altoids gum, which I can’t imagine living without.
12-Ditto for the Kiehl’s lip balm.
13-A travel tin of Maldon sea salt, because good salt is good salt.
14-And lastly, a large stack of 1 and 5 dollar bills. Being a retailer, I am always swapping out singles and fives for 20 dollar bills, as we never want the till to run out smaller bills.

What a riot, I had no idea how much stuff I had in there till I took it all out. To the lovely lady who asked, this is what I have in my bag.

A happy Thursday to all.