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Filson + AEV

Some of America's finest specialty manufacturers kit out a special edition Jeep

by Hans Aschim in Design on 11 November 2013

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The revitalization of US manufacturing in recent years has led to a boom in high quality, proudly American-made products. Heritage brands like Seattle-based Filson have been making handmade products since 1897, meanwhile relative newcomers like Detroit's watch, bicycle and leather goods outfit Shinola represent the next generation of quality in this country. Partnering with both Shinola and Montana-based American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) producer and designer of overland vehicles and accessories, Filson presents a new collaboration series that is rugged and quintessentially American.

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The 2013 Brute Double Cab is an ode to the Jeeps used by the American Army in WWII. Equal parts style and muscle, the Brute boasts 475 horsepower and a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 along with a custom drivetrain and reinforced stamped steel bumpers. The Brute has a burly interior to match. Featuring Filson's famous Rugged Twill material along with Bridle leather detailing, snaps, hand-cut tags and brass snap accents, the Brute's interior will stand up to the demands of the wilderness for decades to come. A rear seat organizer equipped with custom-fitted Filson bags in unique to the special edition Brute.

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For those more inclined towards pedaling through the wilderness, there's the special Filson edition of Shinola's beloved Bixby bicycle. Operating on the bike's usual Wisconsin-built frame and fork with an internally integrated three-speed Shimano Nexus hub, the bike features a special Filson green paint job and logo detailing. Front and rear racks hold specially crafted and designed Tin Cloth Filson bags that keep your cargo safe and dry, even in the long haul. Up front, a shopping-style tote is functional on and off the bike while in the back classic touring panniers are given a modern redesign complete with a padded laptop sleeve.

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Embodying the values of Filson, Shinola and AEV, the 2013 Brute Double Cab and Bixby Filson edition are built to last in America and will only improve with age and use. For more information, visit Filson.

Images courtesy of Filson

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