In Your Words: Anthony, After a Decade of Use

InYourWords_Filson_Briefcase_Anthony3‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.  Anthony, the editorial director at Field and Stream, spent more than ten years with his Filson briefcase before needing any repairs.  This bag has been through it all.

I own a briefcase computer bag in tan (#257, I think) that I would like to have repaired. The zipper has come un-stitched from the body of the bag. Does Filson do in-house repairs? I’d rather go through you or someone Filson recommends rather than trust it to a regular tailor.

Just so you know, I’ve been using this bag hard for over a decade. I use it as my daily work briefcase for commuting in and out of New York City. I also travel extensively for my job, and this bag has been with me for literally hundreds of thousands of miles. I use it as a carry on for most flights, and I have also stowed it in canoes, thrown it into floatplanes, worn it while riding ATVs, and on more than one occasion strapped it on the saddle of a horse. I love that the bag is functional and looks totally appropriate no matter how and where I’ve used it: on an African safari, in my Park Avenue office, at a southern deer camp, on a family vacation in Paris, in an Alaskan Fishing lodge, while meeting in a Stockholm boardroom, in a wall tent in the Rockies, and on the floor of way too many Las Vegas trade shows. I take it everywhere.

What’s funny is that this is the bag’s second life, and I’m not even sure of its age. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream’s legendary Rifles Editor, used this bag in much the same manner that I have for several years before he passed it on to me in 2002 because he thought it was looking a little beat up.

That’s a long way of saying I have absolutely NO complaints about a broken zipper at this point. I just want to get it fixed.

Anthony Licata
Editorial Director, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life