I’ve been shopping from Cornell library’s Human Ecology Historical Photograph collection for new utensil sets. I love the elegant presentation and the grouping of tools by function. Each photograph reminds me of the first frame of an Eadweard Muybridge motion study. I’m waiting for a pair of hands to enter the frame and activate each items use value.
Archive for August, 2012
Our original, Archival Rucksack in ranger tan is now available via the AC web shop. Made in Springfield, Oregon, USA, from 22-ounce waxed cotton twill, brass hardware, military-spec cotton webbing, and Horween Chromexcel leather. Practical and free of complications, we’re confident that our Rucksack will equal or exceed any other rucksack available in function, durability, comfort, and long-term value.
If you are looking for a Rucksack colorway or fabric type that is not in stock, please refer to our growing list of Archival retailers.
I’m heading off to my childhood summer camp for a much needed, late August media disconnect. In lieu of a twitter feed I’m posting these photos of my future self enjoying camp activities.
Last week I was in Los Angeles to visit a friend, see Liza Minnelli in concert and revisit a few of shops. On my itinerary was Tradesmen – our newest Archival stockist. Located in Venice, Tradesmen specializes in casual, well made, military and heritage inspired clothing: chambray shirts paired with camo shorts, for example. Trademen owners Ruben and Doug are two of the nicest gents you’ll ever meet and their store — its physical space, the presentation of their merchandise, and even the print ephemera — is stunning.
Students returning to college in the Fall might consider shopping from the 1926 Louis Messner catalogue for the perfect campus cruiser. Louis Messner sells a broad range of fenders, racks, bars, bells, grips, pedals, lights, pumps, saddles and frames. Ditch that impractical fixed gear and build yourself up a fully fendered Luxe Dame or Garconnet with enclosed chain guard, robust front rack and elegant leather luggage.
Given that I spent the day cycling through a heat advisory, it’s odd that I’m fixating on a Fall layering piece – the Patagonia Nano Puff Hybrid. I first spotted the NPH in a Patagonia catalog – one of the last print catalogs worth browsing. As photographed, I love the NPH’s blend of fabric types: wind blocking primaloft above with with better venting fleece below. For real outdoor use, I prefer wool to fleece, but this garment – especially in what the catalog calls “paintbrush orange” – is a visual stunner. I’ve emailed Patagonia to request a version for women. I was told that a model is in the works for Fall 2013. Let’s hope they offer it in the same colorway as the gents. And if Patagonia is taking requests, they might consider offering the jacket with a two way zip for better fit and venting.
Check out the FYi Design blog to read about the development of the NPF and to see detailed views of the garment.
Friend of Archival Rick and I took off last weekend for Ross and Diablo Lakes in Washington’s North Cascades. We spent a blissful three days paddling around, catching some massive bull trout, fighting headwinds, and addressing the issue of bourbon remaining in the bottle. No complaints – we had perfect weather, the scenery was incredible, and the Grumman canoe performed admirably.
Our Archival Roll Top in black and natural canvas duck is now available for pre-order from the Archival web shop. Our Archival Roll Top is a comfortable, roomy, stripped-down backpack for keeping your belongings dry and safe in any conditions. Slightly larger than our Rucksack, the Roll Top is great for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and anyone else who regularly faces the elements. Here are some action snaps of Tom’s personal pack in use.
The Archival Roll Top in ranger tan waxed twill is also available for pre-order. Ship date on 8/15.