Fall sunshine has us ready for cooler temps and our new Archival Wool Cap (shot at our favorite Rock Creek Farm corn maze in Colorado). Pair your cap with an update of our Archival Zip Cardigan made from the same soft, sturdy merino wool. Stay tuned for the formal release of these cardigans next week.
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Introducing the Archival Wool Cap – cardigan knit in warm and sturdy merino wool. Stock up at $44 a cap. Made in USA.
Inspired by traditional knit wool watch caps worn by fisherman, sailors and alpine climbers, our Wool Knit Cap is constructed in the USA of soft, 100% merino wool. It is constructed using a ribbed, knit cardigan weave that conforms closely to the head white maintaining its shape. Designed for active outdoor use. Will keep you warm and dry when the going gets cold and wet. Available in gray, olive and orange.
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Field test an Archival wax or denim cap for Fall. It will quickly become your trusty, everyday cap – a warm and waterproof companion on rides, rainy commutes or early morning walks. All Archival caps are made in the USA of best quality materials. Our five panel Archival Trail Cap is made from a lightweight, closely woven, 5.5 ounce waxed cotton/nylon which is lightweight and durable. The Archival Bucket Hat comes in a heavier weight, 8 ounce waxed cotton canvas. We also offer this model in a 10 ounce Japanese cotton denim.
Coming soon – 100% merino wool, knit hats for cooler days.
For more info, visit the Archival Web shop.
As a summer baseball cap alternative, try the Archival Bucket Hat in 8 ounce waxed cotton or 11 ounce Japanese denim. This is our favorite hat for casual outings. Perfect for hiking, strolling or any fun activity outdoors. Four-panel crown and crushable brim protects from sun, rain and windburn. Handsome inside and out. Made in USA! Shop here.
We’ve restocked our 100% cotton, Archival Knit Caps in both solids and heathers. Find them via our Archival Web Shop.
We’ve just restocked our Archival Knit Caps in new colorways for the Fall. Caps are available in both heathered knits and solids. For more info visit the Archival Web shop.
We just released a new Archival Wool Cap made for us in New York by Ideal Cap Co. If you are a longtime reader of the AC blog, you may remember my Cooperstown Cap Co lament. In 2010, Cooperstown announced their closure. At the time, Cooperstown was one of the few US companies producing replica, all wool ball caps. For reference, Cooperstown Ball Cap Co. manufactured custom caps for historical teams and individuals. One could order a cap in any historical style or in any combination of styles, logos or colors. The illustrated Cooperstown catalogs featured examples of nearly every known historical baseball team including company teams, military teams and even a hat from the Eastern Washington Hospital for the Mentally Insane. All caps were handmade from 13 oz. athletic flannel, horsehide leather bands and highest grade peak stiffeners. Whenever possible, caps were sewn on original machines in Cooperstown, NY.
Cooperstown is now back in business under the Ideal Cap Co. moniker. To celebrate, we are now releasing a new batch of 6-panel Archival Wool Caps from Ideal. Sewn out of substantial navy wool flannel with an adjustable leather strap in back. Our cap features a soft leather sweatband, a traditional kelly green under brim to reduce glare and canvas backing on front two panels. All panels are fully taped inside for a clean finish. Embroidered with our classic Archival Clothing initials in red. For more details, visit our Archival Web Shop.
From the Florida Memory Archives, here is a great snap of two FSU Freshman wearing their Freshman beanies. In the 1930s and 40s, college Freshman were often required to wear beanies or “dinks” during their first term on campus. After WWII, the tradition largely died out although you can still find archival images of Freshman in the 1960s sporting dinks. One Polytechnic archives reported that students in 1967 held a beanie burning ceremony. As a form of hazing, dink wear seems relatively benign. I’d love to see this style of short brimmed, low crown cap return to campus as some kind of mandatory Freshman garb.
UW – River Falls sporting dinks and sandals in the 1960s
Beanie/Freshman hazing dink from Wheaton college
EKU students in Dinks and loafers in 1963
Late for Class? (A Freshman Rush). Comic postcard from 1906 via George Wahr
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.