Like many aspiring clothing designers, Iris Benson Nash loved to page through magazines as a young girl, ogling the big-name fashion and fantasizing about someday creating her own. Her magazine of choice? The Filson catalogue.
“I’ve ordered their catalogs since I was really young. That’s like my ‘Vogue,’” Nash said with a laugh.
Born in Petersburg among a family of fishermen, Nash developed a taste for practical clothing that could withstand Southeast weather, but that was less sporty and more versatile than many of the mass-produced lines available to her.