Apolis Activism x Filson Philanthropist Briefcase Pre-Order

Monday July 27, 2009

Apolis Activism x Filson Philanthropist Briefcase
Apolis Activism x Filson Philanthropist Briefcase


Apolis Activism approaches economic development not through charity, but by providing opportunity to communities worldwide. In one of their latest products, Apolis Activism has partnered with Filson in Seattle and the non-profit organization Invisible Children in Jinja, Uganda, to produce the "Philanthropist" briefcase.  Based on the Original Briefcase model from Filson, and constructed with 17.5 oz navy canvas from Uganda, and sturdy English bridle leather, this bag will take years of use and abuse in stride. We're now taking pre-orders on this bag, which is set to arrive mid-August. Pre-orders require a 50% depost. See more details and photos after the jump.


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From Apolis Activism:

The Filson + Apolis Philanthropist Briefcase comes from Apolis Activism's desire to connect the hands that make a product to the hands that wear a product. Founded by the Parton brothers basing their production model on empowering people through opportunity instead of charity. The 17.5 oz rugged Ugandan canvas was sourced through the nonprofit organization - Invisible Children. Their Ugandan cotton initiative is working to rebuild Uganda's textile industry by impacting the whole supply chain - farmer to manufacturer. Each briefcase is cut and sewn by the iconic 100 year old Seattle brand - CC Filson Co., using their heritage hardware and finishing passed down from generation to generation. This is Filson's first official collaboration, limited run of 200 units numbered sequentially.

  • Cut and Sewn by CC Filson Co., in Seattle, Washington
  • 17.5 oz Black Canvas from Jinja, Uganda
  • Dimensions: 16" W x 12 1/2" H x 4" D
  • 2 Full Length Inside Pockets, Separates/Organizes Materials
  • Two-Way Brass Zipper With Leather Pulls
  • Inside Pockets For Calculator, Business Cards, and Pens
  • Brass Clip Inside to Secure Car/House Keys
  • 4 Outside Pockets (One on Each Side and Each End)
  • Bridle Leather Carrying Handles
  • Removable and Adjustable Padded Leather Shoulder Strap

Ben Thomson, VP International Development, Invisible Children: "Apolis is on the forefront of an era of new philanthropy by integrating sustainable development into their supply chain and bringing a whole new meaning to corporate social responsibility. The line between development and business is becoming blurry and consumers are beginning to see their role as they demand to know how, who and where their products are made.”

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