It all began in 1897, when railroad conductor-turned-loggers’ outfitter C.C. Filson decided the thousands of fortune hunters heading north from Seattle in search of gold in Alaska needed rugged equipment to help them deal with the harsh conditions that awaited them out in the wild.

Every item was crafted from the finest, most hard-wearing and long-lasting materials available back then, and they still are today – the brand’s garments, luggage and accessories continuing to provide unfailing support for anglers, hunters, woodsmen and lovers of the great outdoors just as C.C. Filson would have wanted.

But you don’t have to head out deep into the wilderness to get a slice of the Filson life: the brand’s most popular product in the UK, the super-tough original briefcase, is equally at home in the frigid, unpredictable conditions of London’s streets as it is the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Built from industrial-strength, 22-oz. rugged twill cotton and saddle-grade bridle leather, the original briefcase is a bag that’s made for everything life throws at you. And that’s why it comes with a lifetime guarantee, so that wherever you go, you’ll always be able to carry everything you need with you – just like those intrepid explorers and pioneers did 120 years ago.

Fancy getting your hands on a piece of timeless American style – a bag that’s designed to stand the test of time? Look no further than Filson’s original briefcase. Manufactured with care using heavy-duty fabrics and hardware, it’s quality assured and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Usually worth £315, we’ve got a Filson original briefcase to give to one lucky reader, so to be in with a chance of winning, follow the instructions below. To enter, all you need to do is answer the simple question below.

For more information, and to shop the full range, head to the Filson store at 9 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RL, follow @Filson1897 and use the #FilsonLife hashtag on Instagram, or visit the new UK website at

The question is: In what year was Filson founded?

Competition closes: 7th October 2017

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– Prize is not exchangeable for cash, store credit or gift cards.
– Filson reserves the right to exchange the prize for another item of equal value.
– Prize must be redeemed within 14 days of Filson making contact.

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