We’re thrilled to announce one of our most striking rucksack collaborations-with Archival stockist, Jason McKenzie of the Wilderness Workshop. Jason’s rucksacks are made from a special 7.68 oz deadstock “tent drill” fabric that he salvaged from a venerable outdoor store in Boston. Jason speculates that the fabric is from 1950s or 60s. According to Jason, it “does not indicate anything about its origin of manufacture which means that it probably predates FTC rules about such things.” Like all our rucksacks, these are made in Springfield, Oregon to our original design specifications. The bags are available exclusively through the Wilderness Workshop.
For other shopping opportunities from the past and present, check out Jason’s tumblr page, Eggs & Wool
We’re now offering our military spec cotton webbing belt in black and olive. Cotton webbing for both belts comes from the same UK narrow fabrics mill where we source the webbing for all of our archival bags.
A.C. web belts in olive and black
We’re taking pre-orders for our special issue Archival Shooting Sweater and Stripe Cardigan through August 14th. These sweaters will be made to order so if you want one, place your pre-order via the web shop by Sunday. Sweaters will be ready by the end of October. We will continue to stock the Archival Shawl Collar Cardigan in our signature multiweave and solids. If you wish to reserve a specific size, place a pre-order via the AC web shop.
We’re assembling our knitwear order for the Fall. We will be restocking our pure new wool, shawl collar cardigans. As we have reported before, these cardigans are made for us by Centralia Knitting Mills on circular knitting machines from the 1930s. The sweaters, based on historical patterns, feature updated fits, unique finish details and our signature multiweave colorways.
If you would like to reserve a sweater, you may pre-order now via the Archival web shop.
In the Fall, Archival will also be introducing a new cardigan in a snappy, candy stripe knit, gray with black. The cardigan is made from a slightly lighter weight, 3 ply wool which makes it more suitable for indoor/outdoor wear. Pre-order here.
Candy stripe cardigan
Archival is also considering two additional styles for later November delivery–the cardigan in a lighter gray candy stripe:
and my (Lesli’s) favorite, a traditional shooting sweater:
For our shooting sweater, we have specified melton wool rather than leather pocketing, a brass two-way zip and our unique olive multi-weave (a mix of olive, gray, brown and white yarns).
If you’re interested in pre-ordering any of these styles, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few updates from the AC web shop. We’re now offering our military spec cotton webbing belt in navy. We’re also bringing back the red bartacking of our original khaki belt. Cotton webbing for both belts comes from the same UK narrow fabrics mill where we source the webbing for our bags. We’re also introducing a few cuffs for casual wear: a stainless steel and rubber chain maille bracelet by a Portland craftsman and an abstract leather cuff by Billykirk.
If you’re an Oregonian, come by and say hello tonight at the Subject to Season show in the historic Ford building in Portland. I/Lesli will be exhibiting A.C. goods alongside friend, collaborator and Portland stockist, Jordan Sayler of Winn Perry. Per the Portland Mercury: “come prepared to drink, schmooze, and peruse.” The show will be advanced prep for our trip to San Francisco next weekend for the DGC‘s holiday market pop up, Showmanship.
We’re proud to present the Archival Clothing Field Bag. It’s 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.
Features include a roomy main compartment, two bellows pockets, and one large pocket across the back. A solid brass ring provides an easy attachment point for keys or fishing net. Leather strap, roller buckle, and a heavy-duty RiRi zipper secure the bag’s contents.
Seams are bound in waxed cotton tape, all stress points are bar-tacked or riveted, and each bag is hand-numbered. Easily fits laptops (up to 15″) in the owner’s own sleeve.
Available in Ranger Tan and Olive twill.
Coming in mid-December, Field Bags in Gray and Dark Brown twill.
Dimensions: 16″ x 12.75″ x 4″
Made In USA
Highest quality materials: Waxed twill fabric, Horween leather, and thread are of US origin. Webbing and most of our brass hardware is sourced from the UK. RiRi zippers are made in Switzerland.