by Lesli Larson
Here are some recent Filson items on offer through Sierra Trading Post (my source for archival imagery of discontinued Barbour, Filson, John Partridge, Gloverall and Beretta). This month, several styles of waxed cotton shelter cloth jackets are on the chopping block.
If I were the right size, I’d buy the cotton poplin breeze jacket or waxed cotton bomber.
From this selection, I’m sorry to see Filson discontinue their original line of merino socks. The newer models are perfectly functional but incorporate a techno-knit grid pattern that’s visible above the shoe line (if you wear loafers or oxfords).
Since I’m providing these images for visual reference in ten years, I offer no guarantees on sizing or product availability.
Wool Hunting Cap
Original Wool Shirt
Shelter Cloth Bomber
Waterfowl Upland Hunting Jacket
Clockwise: Foul Weather Jacket; Bush Jacket; All-Season Raincoat; Mackinaw Cruiser
Shelter Cloth Hunting Vest & Timber Moleskin Jacket Liner
Original Merino Wool Socks
Addendum: Some snazzy Barbour Berwick wool breeks that would be perfect for your next tweed ride:
Barbour Berwick Tweed Breeks
By Lesli and Tom
If nothing else, we at Archival Clothing don’t make idle threats. Remember last May when we mentioned an interest in producing an Archival quality musette? Six months later, we’re happy to report that a small run of our musettes is in production. Details below; in the absence of finished products, we offer this selection of historic musettes for your consideration.
In two weeks, we’ll release two styles of waxed cotton musettes. The Musette is a simple envelope-style bag with a fixed shoulder strap. The Flap Musette, slightly bigger, has a flap closure, adjustable strap, and inside pockets. These bags are designed to combine the simplicity of the cycling musette with the durability and use value of a field bag.
The Archival Clothing musettes are made of stout, closely woven waxed cotton and military-grade cotton webbing. All edges are bound in waxed cotton tape, and all stress points are bar-tacked. Solid brass hardware is used throughout. Made only for Archival Clothing in Springfield, Oregon, these bags are practical and free of complications. Watch this space for ordering information. We’ll have the bags available within two weeks.
Tom talks with Terry, our sewing contractor.
by Lesli Larson and Sara Tripodi
The opening of The Field House, Blackbird’s newest Ballard store, has already been well documented. Here are a few sample reports: We Are the Market; Blackbird’s own blog; SLAMXHYPE; Inventory; Secret Forts; Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.
We stopped by for our own visit last Saturday. We were curious to see owner Nicole Miller’s modern take on the general store. True to concept, The Field House had on offer squash, canned tuna, milk and chocolate, with eggs soon to come. The focus, however, was on clothing, and many familiar heritage brands were in evidence: Alden, Quoddy, Billykirk, Fjallraven, Filson, Pendleton and Woolrich. The shop also carries another prominent American clothing brand which we were asked not to photograph.
Unique among boutiques that carry these brands, The Field House offers clothing for women. I tried on a nice, vintage-style, blue wool jacket by John Rich Bros. for Woolrich. Sara liked a RVCA poplin shirt. The shop has a good selection of wool tops for women as well as a Filson garment or two. At the time of our visit, there were no Alden equivalent shoes for women. But they did have some sporty Tretorn lace-up boots.
After The Field House, we dropped in on Blackbird and Birgitta. The highlight of our visit was our conversation with owner Nicole who is a true evangelist for heritage brands for women. She gets that there is a need for classic pieces designed and sized for women. We are very excited about her future offerings.
Heritage clothing for women
Wool for gents
Bits and sundries
Around the corner at Blackbird
by Lesli Larson
My plan for Saturday was to double-check Danner Japan inventory and attend the first anniversary party for the Filson flagship store in Portland. But an unexpected, out-of-town guest rerouted our shopping itinerary more towards women’s footwear and work wardrobes (not to be confused with workwear).
Fortunately, I was able to negotiate a quick stop at Winn Perry to say hello to Jordan and see his new Alden for Winn Perry boots (the oiled leather “little tanks”). Here’s a spot inventory of some of the (not necessarily archival) items I saw on Saturday.
S.N.S-Herning knit cap
Alden plain toe boot in reverse chamois leather
plantation crepe soles with leather tips
Laura Irwin knit hats for Winn Perry
Alden longwings for Winn Perry
Oiled, double leather soles
Vintage “Office Valet”
from Spain (last pair in the shop)
Costume National shoes (50% off)
Shawl collar proliferation
Downtown Field jacket (Barbour simulacra)
Waxed carry-all (interesting dimensions and external pocketing)
I’ve always enjoyed Holland and Holland’s larky treatment of outdoor clothing and shooting accessories via aspirational scenes of country living.
My H & H catalogue collection is pretty scattered so I monitor ebay for use-case photographs of H & H bags and clothing. My favorite photos feature products removed from country estates and plopped down under the brights bulbs and white sheets of an ebay auction photo shoot.
Holland and Holland tweeds on ebay
Unless Holland & Holland is underwriting all of the historical manufacturing industries in the UK, it’s hard for me to endorse the 827.00 Buy It Now price for this recent vintage hunting bag . But I love how the auction lets me inspect, close-up, all impeccably executed design features.
Ebay auction item 220502582016 (sale price: 827.25)