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Archival Alley Snaps

July 5th, 2013
  

Before our Archival intern, Lauren, moved to the bay area, we took a few impromptu snaps of our bags in the alley behind Archival headquarters. We’ve been shooting so many products indoors, under softbox strobes, it was a relief to snap the bags in direct sunlight.  Here are a few outtakes from our shoot.  And introducing Val and Chase as our latest summer interns (and master bag wranglers).

New Release – Archival Day Pack

June 6th, 2013
 
Inspired by climbing packs from the 1970s, our Day Pack is a compact and convenient bag for everyday use in the city or on the trail. Designed for lighter loads, it’s smaller and made with a lighter weight fabric than our Rucksack. 

The main compartment is easily accessed by a sturdy, twin slider brass zipper. The pack features an interior main pocket and two outside side pockets for anything requiring quick access.

A leather lash point on the back is perfect for attaching a cycling light, an ice axe, or anything else you need to clip on. Includes a semi-rigid, padded back panel and solid brass rings to adjust the shoulder straps, just like our Rucksack.

Only the highest quality materials are used for our bags: water-resistant cotton duck, Horween Chromexcel leather, YKK zippers, and thread are of US origin. Webbing and most of our solid brass hardware is sourced from the UK. Edges are bound in waxed cotton tape and all stress points are bar-tacked or riveted.

To place an order or for more information, visit our Archival Web Shop.

Shopping from Japan – Cyclo Tourist Bags

April 15th, 2013
Thanks to Bill Lane at Wall Bike for reprinting this pictographic feature on front handlebar bags from the Japanese magazine Cyclo Tourist.  Apart from Guu-Watanabe, Ostrich and Berthoud, many of the brands are new to me.

For reference, here is my post from 2008 showing the of the range of French, US and Japanese made handlebar bags in use by my randonneuring friends.  

Shopping from Japan – Uncle Sam

November 29th, 2012

Uncle Sam is one of my favorite Japanese web shops.  Though I cannot read Japanese, I frequently visit the site to check out the shop’s style blog.  While I don’t recognize most of the brands on offer, I take inspiration from the shop’s artful presentation of snout to tail, total clothing ensembles.  Someday, I hope to assemble a cleverly layered outfit worthy of Uncle Sam.  My three zones of aspiration include upper body layering, accessories and the key interface of sock, shoe and trouser.  Here are some recent looks that I’m admiring.
 

Backwards cap, kerchief, patched pants, ankle boots and a sock reveal – a look I pledge to try in 2013.
Fearless patchwork
Here, I love how the scarf and bag snap precisely into place.  I cannot imagine this gent ever dropping his bag, removing his cap or unknotting his scarf. 
Shorts for Fall/Winter
When in doubt, wear a vest

  

Classic, heavy duty outer wear – carried forward
Knotted scarf aplomb
 
Bicycle as accessory

 Archival bags by Uncle Sam

Evidence – Archival in Japan

October 1st, 2012

Archival is thrilled to be working with Barley Harvest Season, the distributor of our bags and apparel in Japan.  One of the original motivations for the Archival blog was my wish to document the US heritage products sold in Japan – but not available stateside.  Now, I take great pleasure in redistributing images of our own products making guest appearances on Japanese blogs and web sites.  Lacking translating language skills, I focus on store display methodology and the bag-on-model shots so expertly deployed by Japanese web shops.  Here are some recent snaps from the blog/shop King, Inc

 

New Release – Archival Roll Top

April 1st, 2012
Current color offerings – cobalt, natural & black

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.

Featuring a roll-top closure secured by a stout Horween leather strap and solid brass roller buckle, double-layer bottom, an interior stash pocket, and two exterior side pockets great for keys, mini U-lock, or anything else requiring quick access. Includes a semi-rigid, padded back panel and solid brass rings to adjust the shoulder straps, just like our classic Rucksack model. A Horween leather lash point on the front panel makes a great place to attach anything from a bike light to a sleeping pad.

The backpack is constructed from the highest quality materials: water-resistant 18 oz cotton duck, Horween leather, and thread are of US origin. Webbing and most of our solid brass hardware is sourced from the UK. Edges are bound in waxed cotton tape and all stress points are bar-tacked or riveted. Available via our web shop and select stockists.

See Well Spent for an interview with with Tom about his Archival Roll Top bag design.

Fore and aft

Horween leather lash patch

Exterior side pocket

Unrolled profile

Tom modeling his creation

Update – Archival Small Field Bags in ranger tan and black

March 30th, 2012

We’re now offering our Archival Small Field Bag in black and ranger tan in addition to gray and dark brown. The Small Field Bag is a scaled-down version of our Original Field Bag for those who don’t need to carry as much in the field or to the office. Intended as a daily workhorse, our field bag is a crossover between a traditional English fishing bag and an urban messenger bag. Durable construction and practical features allow the bag to excel at carrying gear both outdoors and to the office.

Shopping from 1939: Abercrombie and Fitch

November 10th, 2011

Here are excerpts from my favorite vintage Abercrombie and Fitch catalog from 1939. During this era, Abercromie & Fitch field jackets and outdoor clothing showed a tailored, British influence. Many of the garments came in dress fabrics like high count cotton poplin or wool gabardine. The catalog contains sections for both men and women. While identified as a high end outdoor clothier, A & F offered practical, stylish clothing that could be worn at camp or for home chores. Many of the garments, especially the denim outfits, could easily be adapted for modern wear.

Should you wish to make a purchase, I’ve reprinted the original order form which should be mailed to the Madison Avenue address post dated 1939.









Rolltop Review

June 16th, 2011

I picked up a large Seal Line roll top backpack with my REI dividend. Made in the USA, it’s roomy and well-made. Since it’s made of nylon, many of the joints are welded rather than sewn, a bit unsettling but no doubt stronger than a stitch.

While I loved the massive capacity and no-brainer roll top closure, I must admit that I wasn’t thrilled with the bag.

The back panel looks like it would keep you cool, but my back got just as sweaty under this pack than any other, including our own.

Also, the outside pocket was difficult to access due to a cramped size and stiff zipper. I ended up leaving it open most of the time, and even so, it was tough to reach inside. Furthermore, I wonder why they put the daisy chain on a side of the bag rather than the center – when the bag is full, your bike light ends up blinking more to the side than the rear.

Finally, the extremely stiff material and sharp corners of the rolled top meant that my over-the-shoulder view (to check for cars) was blocked, which was downright scary.

I appreciate that the bag is made in the USA, but it’s not the one for me!

Archival Update: AC Field Bag in Navy

June 10th, 2011


Archival Clothing is pleased to announce that our Field Bag is now available in 22 oz navy waxed twill.

The Archival Field Bag is intended as a daily workhorse, a crossover between a traditional English fishing bag and an urban messenger bag. Durable construction and practical features allow the bag to excel at carrying gear both outdoors and to the office.

See the Archival Web Shop for more details.