Thanks to my Hedbden Cord hunting pal, Hudsonic, for spotting this Greenspot ventile jacket on UK ebay. I’ve been searching for an original version of the Bertram Dudley & Son ventile cycling jacket for ages. For daily use or for cyclo-commuting, I cannot imagine a better design (raglan sleeves, loop pull zipper, functional pocketing). Modern updates to this style by Hilltrek have eliminated the spread collar, but I like this historic feature because it adds a touch of dress elegance to the jacket. Alas, even with the short cut and side cinches, I’m not sure the size 38 would fit me. At (capsule), I saw a nice Ventile jacket by the folks at North Sea Clothing which may be my next jacket acquisition.
Archive for January, 2014
Last week, the full Archival team converged in NYC for (capsule). Despite arctic conditions, we had a great time showing our bags, scouting new brands and checking in with old friends. Here are a few snaps from the show. If you missed us in NYC, we’ll be exhibiting at (capsule) Las Vegas in two weeks.
Japanese buyer in LL Bean vintage camo jacket
Bob aka Cork Grips
Back in business – Jordan Sayler (Winn Perry)
The gents from Arpenteur
Snow Peak rep in FWK Engineered Garments
Brad aka Well Spent wearing his staple Stark cardigan
Neil modeling one of his North Sea Clothing cardigans
Vintage Barbour in the North Sea booth
First generation Archival Tote
Archival is in New York for (capsule) this week. Nicole and I/Lesli spent the Saturday before the show checking in on a few favorite shopping haunts. Our best find of the day was a navy duck, Engineered Garments Service Coat (half off at Nepenthes). Winter seems to be the time for sample sales and generous store discounts. Armor Lux (my staple for stripes) is selling a large batch of made in France, cotton nautical tops for $39/each. Here are a few low res snaps from our day trip. More reports to come from (capsule) proper. The full Archival team of Tom, Lynn, Nicole and Lesli will be assembling tomorrow to set up for the show.
Archival will be attending the (capsule) menswear show in Berlin and NYC. If you’re in NYC, drop by and say hello to the Archival team. I (Lesli) will be taking snaps and documenting the event for a future post.
Here’s hoping upcoming Olympic athletes look as well turned out as these Curling champions from 1955 and 1956 (via Galt Museum and Archives).
1. Decide that quality matters and pay for it. In the end, it will save you time and money.
2. Before you buy, be selective. Scrutinize items for build quality, fit, finish, functionality and lasting style. If an item is not perfect, catch and release it.
3. Do more with less. Add a few key pieces to your wardrobe and wear them until they dissolve.
4. Shop from yourself and from thrift shops. Repurpose strategic items from the past.
5. Support apparel companies that manufacture their products in the US. Buy products still proudly made in their traditional country of origin.
6. Contact manufacturers and let them know what they should offer. If you’re a woman and you love classic heritage styles, ask them to offer their products in your size.
7. Find out what products are manufactured in your region. Visit factories and publish reports.
8. Wear wool and linen year round. Experiment with summer weight woolens, and heavier linens.
9. Come up with a signature uniform. Wear it once a week.
10. Read historical newspapers and magazines. Learn about lost brands, fashions, and manufacturing traditions.