Archive for May, 2011
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On the heels of our scarf order, Columbiaknit just delivered a new production run of Archival sweatshirts in gray french terry and navy/white chevron stripe. The french terry was recently knit by Columbiaknit in their Portland, Oregon factory; the chevron is a new old stock floor fabric. The new sweatshirts, produced exclusively for Archival Clothing, are constructed with chain-stitching on the neck tape and waist ribbing. Flat-lock stitching along the sleeves and body creates an extremely comfortable seam which lies flat to the garment. All other seams are cover-stitched. Archival specified a midweight, all cotton fabric for Spring/Summer wear. The fit is modern. Sizing from XS to XL. XXS in the works. Made in Portland, Oregon.
We just took delivery of a new production run of Columbiaknit Scarves produced exclusively for Archival Clothing. We’ve restocked the popular royal navy/white scarf and added new colors in a lighter weight (7 oz) all cotton jersey (the same as our t-shirts). Original project report here.
I’m always shopping for a jacket to complete my archival uniform. My preferred jacket possesses indoor-outdoor utility. It needs to be unlined w/open patch pockets and a high buttoning neck. Chore coats, forestry cloth cruisers and and engineer’s jackets work OK from Fall through Winter. But in Spring/Summer, I want something made from a summerweight fabric like cotton poplin or linen. Last year, I experimented with Safari jackets but could not pull off the belted waist and epaulets (epaulets should just disappear for a decade).
This Spring, I’m testing a Mister Freedom Biribi linen jacket. Based on French military work garb, the Biribi is constructed of new old stock French linens and vintage hardware and trims. The Biribi is one of the few work jacket styles that are being marketed to both men and women; it comes in sizes down to a slim 34. If you are interested in the jacket, email the helpful folks at Mister Freedom to check on availability.
Here are some catch and release snaps.
As a follow up to my post on film cameras, here are a few archival accessories to complete your kit.
Calumet protective wrap. Great, less structured approach to transporting equipment
My Billingham insert and camera bag. Too much leather trim for my taste but made from best quality materials. I’ve moved the insert over to my Archival Field Bag
Photographer friend Rick has proposed we that we shoot film exclusively this summer. Given my refrigerated stockpile of 35mm and 120 roll film, I’m accepting this challenge w/the caveat that bike, blog and product photography will still be done digitally. In prep for the summer, I’m browsing the pages of the 1995 Camera World catalog for a new camera (you always need a new one). Most of the cameras here are aspirational models (compact, complicated point and shoots or expensive rangefinders) that I admired but could never afford. Although the flagship Camera World store has been bought out, I’m hoping the customer service folks will honor the original published prices and deliver my equipment in time for the June project start.
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Here’s a shopping opportunity for vintage climbing packs and apparel from Seattle based Yak Works. AC reader Alan Wenker was kind enough to supply me with these original scans. Alan is interested in vintage backpacking apparel from 60s and 70s. Like Archival, Alan wants to see as many of these original catalogs made available for general viewing. So many have disappeared from view. Where else can you see evidence of lost products like Scottish Polarwear, Norse net shirts, Gore-tex cycling chaps and Swaledale mountain shirts from the Lake District?
In collaboration with David Alperin, we produced these special edition Archival Rucksacks. The bags are constructed of gray 22 oz waxed filter twill with all black Horween leather, black mil spec cotton webbing and blue bartacking. The rucksacks are being sold exclusively through Goosebarnacle, David’s Brooklyn Heights boutique which was recently voted best menswear shop by New York magazine.