I got the chance to preview the Dickies 1922 Fall 2011 line this week. We reviewed the first edition of Dickies 1922 trousers very favorably, saying that our only hitch was the historically accurate fit – a boon to some, but undesirably wide to others. Well, Dickies has answered our prayers in their Fall 2011 1922 Heritage collection. They’ve introduced a Regular fit and a Slim Straight fit trouser while keeping the beautiful Cramerton twill, impeccable construction, and domestic manufacture. I continue to be very impressed with this line.
Archive for April, 2011
Fairfield Textiles, our fabric provider, is now producing their 18 oz waxed filter twill in a true navy blue. It’s a stunner. For our Spring production run of Arcival Rucksacks, we’ve added this new color to the line. An Archival Field Bag in the same navy will be available soon. Our friend Jason at the Wilderness Workshop is the first AC retailer to pick up the new navy rucksasks. You can visit him—and ours bags—on 711 Boylston street in Boston, Mass.
In addition to Columbiaknit scarves, Archival Clothing is releasing a new line of all cotton, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts. Like our scarves, these crews are made exclusively for Archival by Columbiaknit from dead stock floor fabric. We love our Saint James nautical shirts and were thrilled to be able to produce US amawe love our Saint James french nautical shirts, we wanted to produce a domestic, US made shirt in stripes and solids.
While one of our favorite Portland menswear shops, Winn Perry, has closed, proprietor Jordan Saylor continues to coordinate production run ou
In collaboration with Portland based Columbiaknit, Archival Clothing announces the release of a line of 100% cotton scarves. Since 1921, Columbiaknit has been producing best quality knitwear right here in the Pacific Northwest. The scarves were designed for us by our friend, Jordan Saylor of Winn Perry. The fabric for the scarves comes from original, deadstock floor fabrics from Columbiaknit. Made of 8 oz cotton jersey, with turned down, stitched edges bartacked at the corners.
Columbiaknit scarves are available in two colorways:
– Royal / White stripe
– Black/ Gray mock twist
Dimensions: 11″ x 60″
Made in USA
It has been a happy, hectic spring. Archival operations continue to expand. We’re now shipping out sizeable orders to domestic and international retailers. New bag styles and colorways are in the works. We’re looking for commercial space and planning to bring on a production manager this summer. In the midst of the “blooming, buzzing confusion,” I’m working to qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris – the premier randonneuring event – a 1200k brevet (or bike ride) held every four years in France. I’ve completed my 200, 300 and 400k rides. The 600k remains. Here are a few snaps from last week’s 400k, a loop from Wilsonville to Eugene and back. ST, Archival Clothing’s tab numberer, joined me on the ride.
Acorn saddlebag. Bill heading towards Sweet Home
It has been a happy, hectic spring. Archival operations continue to expand. We’re now shipping out large orders to domestic and international retailers. New bag styles and colorways are in the works. We’re looking for new commercial space and planning to bring on a new production manager this summer. In the midst of the “blooming buzz and confusion,” I’m working to qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1400k brevet (or bike ride) held every four years in France. I’ve completed my 200, 300 and 400k rides. The 600k remains. For review, here are a few snap view from last week’s 400k. ST, Archival clothing’s tab numbering hammerer hand, joined me on the ride.
Archival Clothing proudly sells Chester Wallace totes by friend and fellow Oregonian, Patrick Long. This Spring, we asked Patrick to make up two special bags for Archival: a “wash me” and a “wax me” model. The wash me tote is made from unwaxed, natural canvas duck and utilizes Archival’s own best quality, UK made, military spec cotton webbing (the same webbing we use for our AC belt). The wax me tote is an all waxed cotton variation on the traditional Chester Wallace tote. We’ve replaced the acrylic-coated woven polyester bottom with waxed cotton canvas from Fairfield Textiles.
The natural canvas duck Chester Wallace tote [above] is made with Archival Clothing’s own military spec, all cotton webbing. This is bag style is washable.
Our second Chester Wallace tote is made from stout, closely woven, all wax cotton canvas fabric. The limited edition classic red fabric, referred to as “old glory” by Fairfield textiles, our supplier, is the same that we use for our AC plain musette. Inventory for this fabric has been exhausted.
This week, we’re releasing a new AC Field Bag in 22 oz waxed black twill with best quality Horween chromexcel leather. While it’s customary to offer an all black bag w/black leather, we like how the brown leather pops against the black waxed twill. Now available via the AC web shop.
I’m probably the only one shopping for heavy duty knitwear. But here I am in April obsessing over the new Dachstein boiled wool pullovers on offer from Bradley Alpinist. The sweaters are made in the Dachstein Region of Austria of wind and water resistant boiled wool. I’ve been sporting Dachstein-style wool mitts by Ortovox for cycling. In wet or snowy conditions, the boiled wool absorbs water and still keeps you warm.
Although Dachstein does not offer an XS pullover, I’m negotiating to test a sweater that was delivered with abnormally small dimensions. Report to follow.