Thanks for your readership and support in 2010. It has been a ball to start producing our Archival Clothing goods, and we’re looking forward to plenty of progress in 2011. As always, don’t hesitate to email us with questions, comments, and dream projects. Happy New Year!
Archive for December, 2010
Also, the gent on eBay with a container full of vintage Hunting World clothing is still selling those terrific chinos for only $25. Don’t pass these up! UPDATE – from our experience (5 pairs between the two of us), the brown chinos are made in the USA, and the khakis are made in China.
Instead of stocking up more on these great garments, I’ll shop from myself and keep dreaming about Patagonia re-issuing my beloved, slim-fitting Stand Up Pant from the early 1990s in the same 8oz Cramerton Twill as the above Dickies (and making them in the USA).
All the snow and wind in New York has got me itching badly to go outside. I’ll be back in Oregon for a week in early January (working on a few top-secret new Archival Clothing products), and will sadly have to content myself with a mere day trip to the mountains.
(this is absolutely worth all 8 minutes)
The Rising Sun vest’s design is inspired by vintage hunting and shooting vests. Traditional fishing vests are cut short so they can be worn into a stream with waders. The addition of an internal game or poacher’s pocket makes them useful for upland game hunting too.
Filson makes its own Original Hunting Vest out of a heavier weight waxed canvas. I’m still waiting for Filson to introduce this garment in their collection for women. As it stands, the vest is cut long and wears more like a shelter tent than a vest. I do love all the strategic internal pocketing (and reinforced wool shoulder panels).
Since Man Up, I’ve been asking Rising Sun to produce a version of the vest in XS for women. This December, for a larger production run, Mike cut a few higher for a women’s fit. I finally own my own Outdoor Vest. Next to the super short, snug monkey fit, I love the vest’s deep front utility pockets. Most clothing for women skimps on functional pocketing (see recent Barbour Utility jacket for a glaring example). For daily wear, the Rising Sun vest easily carries a large smart phone, pocket camera, notebooks and writing utensils. For revision, I wish Rising Sun would add two rear carrying pockets (per LL Bean vest) and ditch the back cinch. Since the fit on the vest is so snug, the cinch has no real use value. And for me, the cinch shifts the look of the vest from field clothing to western wear.
I’ll be testing the vest for bike commuting later in Spring when the weather permits a formal transfer from wax & wool to canvas duck outerwear.
Next to Fanny & Alexander and Brazil, A Christmas Memory (Perry 1956) is my favorite holiday film. Narrated by Truman Capote and starring Geraldine Page, A Christmas Memory proposes seasonal rituals I’d like to reenact: paper kite construction, Christmas tree salvage, serving nips of Whiskey to minors and mass fruit cake production (funded through the staging of a “fun and freak show”).
Our family VHS copy of A Christmas Memory has warped and color shifted to blue. However, I locate a copy on YouTube (in 6 segments!). Watch it before it disappears from view.
Over Thanksgiving, I finally made it up to the mecca of dusty gold that is Tent City. If you’re in Boston and even remotely considering buying any kind of outdoor gear, do yourself a favor and go bug Jason and the gang.
Tent City was started in the 1940s as an army surplus store, but soon expanded into civilian outdoor gear. Now they carry a remarkable selection of modern gear, but look between the hangers and you’ll find some pretty special stuff.
I grew up going to the old downtown McKenzie Outfitters and Berg’s Ski Shop in Eugene, and Hilton’s had a similar feel – four floors jammed with tents, bags, jackets, new stock, dead stock, you name it. They even had a dead stock pair of the same Aku boots that I’ve had for ten years (and will soon need to replace).
A note regarding holiday hours for the AC web shop–we will be shipping out orders through Thursday, December 23rd. Any orders placed through the web shop over the holiday weekend will ship out on Tuesday, December 28th.
Since I live in the wet Pacific Northwest, my idea of winter outerwear is a waxed cotton or tin cloth jacket. I’ll add a supplemental wool vest or quilted jacket if temps drop below 40. For readers shopping from ice pack climes, I offer some expedition grade parkas from the past and present.
Last weekend, Archival Clothing was in San Francisco for Showmanship, a holiday pop up show hosted by the gents at the Durable Goods Concern. I’m starting to think San Francisco might be my favorite city. I cannot think of another place that better localizes my obsessions for coffee, bicycles, and clothing. Not an hour off the plane, I had my first pourover coffee, visited a bike shop with a Velo Orange mixte in the window and browsed hickory striped chore coats at Al’s Attire.
At Showmanship, we had a great time meeting AC readers, flickr contacts and Bay Area friends. We also reconnected with a few of our favorite retailers including Taylor Stitch, AB Fits, Box Dog Bikes and Unionmade.
Here are some snap portraits of folks we met over the weekend:
And some additional visual data points:
Bob Jackson custom and A. Homer Hilsen bicycles parked outside Showmanship.
by Tom Bonamici
As mentioned in a prior post, Archival Clothing friend (and first-generation AC Rucksack owner) Will D. lived in a wall tent for a year. After he visited me in Brooklyn, we’ve been chatting about traditional bedrolls and other projects to kit him out for his upcoming Trackers NW courses.
Though I doubt I’d be able to install a wall tent anywhere in Brooklyn (unless someone has a secure backyard to offer…), that hasn’t stopped me from doing some hypothetical shopping. I’ve been impressed by the Davis Tent and Awning products – I’ve got to support anyone posting a strength test of their fabric using a leather worker’s clamping horse and a fish scale.
Shots from the Davis Tent Photo Gallery:
Do Not Miss this video showing the seventeen-foot long Cowboy Bedroll.