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Archive for March, 2013

Obsession – Brown’s Beach Vests and Jackets

March 28th, 2013
Brown’s beach fabric, a unique wool-cotton blend, was developed in 1901 for general outdoor use.  This hard wearing, water repellent, slightly elasticized fabric was sewn up into simple vests and jacket styles which are still being made today by Japanese repro brands like Sugar Cane Co.  One can also source original, historical versions on ebay or through second hand, vintage hand dealers. Here’s a maroon Brown’s vest from the 1940s that sold for three thousand dollars on ebay.   According to this terrific post by Vintage Workwear, Brown’s Beach is the fabric that kept Admiral Byrd warm at the South Pole (“the best buy in warmth and comfort ever known”). 
Sugar Cane vest at Reveille
I first encountered the amazing Brown’s Beach fabric during a recent trip to Reveille in Portland.  The shop, which sells Japanese brands like Momotaro, Post O’Alls, Rising Sun and Self Edge, had a few vests and jackets on display.  I immediately fell in love with the brown’s beach vest, made by Sugar Cane Co.   In addition to the snug, body hugging “monkey” fit, the vest resembled my beloved  Woolrich, four pocket Railroad vest
Hefty, two ply weave with fuzzy, fleece facing
 

Brown’s Beach Lapel Jacket
Sugar Cane Lapel Jacket

Archival Athletes

March 26th, 2013
From the Musee McCord Museum Archives, here are some terrific photographs of individual and team sports from the turn of the (past) century.  I love reprinting images of historical athletes as evidence of a time when athletic prowess was conflated with a snappy, well tailored presentation for the camera.  Here, in the McCord image set, both male and female athletes wear sporting garb that could easily double as street clothing.  I long for the days when heraldic emblems, plus fours, bowler hats, wool knits and striped tunics were de rigeur elements of the the amateur sporting uniform.
 John Lowe, 1931
  
 Frank Barnwell, 1891
Louis Rubenstein, 1893
  
 Rowing Crew, 1871
 
Fencers, 1925
  
 “Bonnie Lassies” group, 1891

Hurdle race on snowshoes, 1892
Trafagler Basketball Institute, 1928
 
 YWCA Water Polo Team, 1925

Bank of Montreal Hockey Team, 1895
 Kahnawake Lacrosse, 1867
Wesleyan Thelogical Basketball Team, 1916
Physical Education Hockey Group, 1925

Restock – Archival Sweatshirt in Gray

March 22nd, 2013

We just received a restock of our popular Archival Sweatshirt in all sizes including tall.  Made of a stout, 8-9 oz cotton loop-back French Terry, with a rib V insert at the neck, the Archival Sweatshirt is a great layering piece for Spring.  Also available in eggplant and navy. Visit the Archival Web Shop for more details or to place an order.

Our Archival Sweatshirt is also available in sizes for women.

Archival Space Shuttle

March 20th, 2013

The San Diego Air and Space Museum (SDASM) just celebrated their five year participation in Flickr Commons. While I’m partial to the Museum’s archival collection of Zeppelin crashes and Aviation Pioneers, my favorite SDAM set features photographs, illustrations and ephemera from the Space Shuttle program.  Out of context, they invoke a version of the Shuttle that is heavy on concept, light on flight.  What remains are charming, lo-fi, diy artifacts: button lit simulators, dated office furniture, slide presentations and cryptic medical tests.  Study the photographs below and develop your own space program.

  
  

March 20th, 2013

From the Archives: Filson Wool Jacket

March 15th, 2013
 
 
 
Thanks to CC Filson for providing me with this archival scan of the original Filson Wool Sports Jacket.  As someone who has worn Filson for twenty years, I can spot a Cruiser, Cape Coat or Packer just by catching a glimpse of a pocket configuration, fabric type or design detail.  In contrast, the Filson Wool Sports Jacket is an enigmatic Filson model which comes from an era in the 1980s when the company was experimenting with a line of leisure, non hunting apparel.  If you spotted this jacket at a thrift store you might not even identifying it as a Filson.  I myself was thrown off by the heathered brown wool, satin lining and leather buttons –  features more characteristic of a department store car coat. 

Release – Archival Trail Caps in Natural

March 12th, 2013

We are now offering our lightweight, waxed cotton Archival Trail Caps in natural.  Classic five panel design with leather tab back adjustment. Made of a 5.5 ounce waxed cotton/nylon that’s both durable and lightweight.  The new natural cap is perfect for walking, hunting, fishing or outdoor tennis.  Made in USA

   
Full family of Archival Trail Caps 


New Archival Trail Cap blending into the environs

Shopping from the 1950s: Sporting Goods

March 8th, 2013
 

One of my primary time travel fantasies involves shopping from catalogs from the past.  For my Spring workout wardrobe, I’d love to order sportswear and gym equipment from the pages of these old Athletic Journals from the 1950s.  What I adore about this era of sporting garb is the emphasis on rugged construction, quality materials (virigin wools, pure orlons!), “glove smooth” fit and a tailored look (“neatness and uniformity”).  Even the trampolines, gym mats and megaphones were made from super sturdy materials and promised to last for ages.  Take a look at some of these classic ads and tell me what you would buy now. 

 

Archival Field Trip – Los Angeles

March 4th, 2013
A few snap views from last weekend’s jaunt to Los Angeles.  For the prequel, check out my LA Field Trip from 2012.
Friend Mimsy sporting an Archival Plain Musette
  
 
Blair, proprietor of General Quarters 
Signature, discharge printed kerchiefs
  
Archival Rucksack on display
  
Exemplary ensemble – Self Edge LA

  
 Self Edge x Flat Head denim after 5 years of wear


Out of the past – Mimsy mural print

   
 Retrospecs at Shelter Half
 

  
Tradesmen co-founders, Ruben and Doug
  
Wrist bling
  
  
 Tradesmen by M. Nii pop up shop

  
Archival baggage on display
California teen style via Lord Love a Duck (Axelrod 1966)
  
Wishful shopping – Alden Tassel Loafers (size 6.5!)

De Rigueur McIntosh sound system – Unionmade

More McIntosh – Mohawk General Store
Breakfast sandiwch – Salt’s Cure
Shirley Bassey – Oscars telecast
Feal Mor – Sadly closed on Sundays
Last minute media – Scotty McTavish McDougal McCardo

Eugene re-entry – Sundance Natural Foods