I really love down vests, so it was a treat to work with one of the finest down garment makers in the country on a really special project. Here’s our take on a classic work/hunting vest, done with a lightweight waxed cotton shell, a nylon lining for easy layering, and a worsted wool rib collar, knitted by Washington’s Centralia Knitting Mills. Made in Seattle, WA by Crescent Down Works.
The waxed cotton shell is weather-resistant and durable, much more so than the thin nylon typically used in backpacker’s down vests. The collar is cozy but not so big you can’t throw a jacket on over. The handwarmer pockets are stuffed with down so that your hands really stay warm. There’s an inside pocket for the phone, or matches, or playing cards.
I’m very proud of this vest – it’s handsome, durable, and functional clothing made in the Northwest – and that’s what Archival’s all about! Exclusive to Wilderness Workshop and our own web store. Very limited quantities.
We visited Crescent Down Works a few months ago, be sure to check out the report from that trip.
If you’re in Chicago on Saturday, Oct 27th, come by and visit Archival at NorthernGRADE, a 100% made in USA, menswear pop up market. AC friend and heritage clothing impressario. Brad Bennet (Well Spent) will be coproducing the Chicago edition of NorthernGRADE at Open Secret Studios, a new event space in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Flying in from Oregon, we will be showing sweatshirts, trail caps, web belts, dopp kits, zip pouches, musettes, cuffs, wallets and our esteemed Roll-top packs. Documentation and evidence of participation snaps to come on Monday.
Recently there’s been a little excitement as Carhartt starts to promote the styles still made in the USA. The WSJ had an interesting piece over a year ago, and Michael at ACL recently posted a great article (with, as usual, an entertaining comment thread).
Carhartt kindly sent over one of their made in USA Active Jacs for me to check out. I love it – super warm and it’s built like a truck. Gotta dig that giant zipper pull. Regular/roomy fit, so you can layer sweaters underneath. $100. Seriously cannot beat that bang for the buck unless you’re buying used.
Here a few of my favorite selections from the Fall Archival line. We’re now offering the Archival Rolltop in waxed twill (the perfect fabric for the damp) while reintroducing our Flap Musette in a lighter weight, carmine red canvas duck (a visual refusal of the gloom). Small scale accessories for the season include waxed canvas trail caps, cotton jersey scarves and austere yet snappy leather cuffs by AC friend Nick Hollows.
In time for Fall, we’re bringing back our MacAusland’s Woollen Mills throws and queen sized blankets. Located on Prince Edward Island, MacAusland’s Woollen Mills is a family business built on traditional values of quality craftsmanship, beauty and durability. This mill has been producing traditional blankets of 100% virgin wool since 1932. MacAusland’s wool blankets are handcrafted from the best quality wool which is milled and processed on site. The raw wool is sourced throughout the Atlantic region.
Each blanket features a twill weave with three ecru stripes on either end. Edges are blanket stitched. For over seventy years, MacAuslands have been producing quality woolen blankets and yarns, made of 100% virgin wool yarn. Because of the high quality of the wool, the blankets are lighter than most but will last a lifetime.