From the archives, here are some exemplary snaps of classic summer picnics. What could be better than an impromptu, plein air meal in the trees, next to water or on the patio of a tent trailer. When Tom packs for a picnic, he prefers to bring along real plates, flatwear and glasses. Lynn has been shopping for Made in USA picnic supplies that add a little kick to the spread. Her recent finds include compostable wooden spoons, paper drinking straws and of course, canvas throws. Since I’m spending so many outdoor hours on my bicycle, I prefer to picnic indoors, via my screen surrogate, Doris Day, and her Sleep-Tite pajama factory colleagues. The Fosse choreographed, Once a Year Day picnic, perfectly encapsulates all the wild glee, group dancing, aspirational color blocking and mass mayhem of a first rate American picnic. A future post will address the lost of art of picnic blanket tossing.
Archive for July, 2013
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Archival has just released our new lightweight trail cap in gray waxed cotton. Classic, five panel design made with a Horween leather tab back adjustment. Ideal for all-weather walking, fishing, and hunting. Made of a 6.25 ounce waxed cotton that’s durable and lightweight. For more information, visit the Archival Web Shop.
Note to end of season sale mavens: we are shipping out a batch of Archival Odds & Ends to the kind gents at French Garment Cleaners in Brooklyn. Visit FGC at their Lafayette Avenue location to shop for Japan only Archival samples and end of season colorways. Items available via the sale include Rolltops, Totes, Rucksacks and Flap Musettes. Sale starts Thursday, July 25th. If you stop by, catch and release some Herning and Engineered Garments for me.
Via Archival pal and Unsung Sewing Patterns blogger, Andrea Cesari, here is an original pattern for sewing your own WW II era coverall. Andrea notes that the fabric recommendations for this garment are Archival favorites: corduroy, denim or duck. See Andrea’s post for more details on the coverall pattern and historical photographs documenting its use.
I was the solo spectator at last night’s Bijou screening of The Bling Ring (Coppola 2013 ). Per my screen surrogates, I had my iPhone ready in anticipation of grabbing a few grainy snaps of our large Archival Field Bag on the big screen. Not surprisingly, the Archival bag was promptly discarded for swag stolen from Paris Hilton.
I’m heading to London in a week for London Edinburgh London, a 1400k randonnee. I’ve just assembled all my bike gear (which includes many non archival, ziploc packed servings of powdered nutrition). Sadly, I’m going to have very little space in my luggage for non cycling garb. At the moment I’m boiling my travel garb down into a single outfit I can wear on the plane and than for five days in London. What I’m missing is the perfect pair of comfortable canvas sneakers. Many of my pals prefer Superga, Tretorn or Chuck Taylors. What I want is a pair of made in Japan, Wakouwa deck shoes. I’ve been wishfully shopping for Wakouwas since I spotted them in the window at Anatomica in Paris. You can buy them through a few US stockists but alas, most don’t sell them in smaller sizes for women. At Mohawk General Store, you can even buy them in Yves Klein blue. If you have a secret Wakouwa source, or could suggest a stylistic alternative, let me know.