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Process: Filson Restoration Department

While every Filson product is made with outstanding quality and rugged materials, some bags lead a much tougher life than others. That's why each piece is backed by a lifetime guarantee. For those bags that were loved a little too hard but can still be salvaged, they get a new life at the Filson Restoration Department. Located in their Seattle Flagship store, they begin with the deconstruction process, removing every seam and salvaging every piece of leather. But these bags aren't exactly brought back to their former glory. The patches and stitches used to salvage each bag are purposefully made to stand out, keeping intact the story of the bag's previous life while making it functional once again. Once they're reassembled, they're re-waxed and re-conditioned before being resold with the same lifetime warranty as the company's brand-new offerings. As a result, each one is just as unique as the person carrying it, and like their former owners, each has its own stories to tell.

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