We’re thrilled to announce that Archival will be participating in Pop Up PDX in Tokyo sponsored by the Portland Development Commission on April 20-24. Archival will be one of eight brands exhibiting in Tokyo as part of a larger trade mission to promote business between the two cities. If you live or are visiting Tokyo, drop by and visit the Archival booth at the lovely Macch Ecute venue. If you are a Japanese distributor or store interested in working with a Archival, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
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Looking forward to catching up with Southern California stockists and customers at Inspiration LA. If you’re in the area, drop by and say hello to the AC team. For those who cannot make the show, here is how things looked at our booth in 2013 when the show was staged on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
A few weeks ago Team AC met in Los Angeles to catch up and visit some of our stockists. We dropped in on Tradesmen LA and General Quarters. We also got a chance to catch up with Judy Augur whom we first met at Inspiration LA. Here are some snap views from the trip.
To my delight, Jordan Sayler has reopened Winn Perry, his sharply curated menswear shop in Portland. This weekend I caught up with Jordan and took some snaps of his new space. Archival has a special relationship with Jordan as he was our first brick and mortar stockist. I loved visiting visiting Jordan’s original shop in the historic Ford building in SE Portland. Here is where I first learned about emerging heritage brands like SNS Herning, Wings + Horns, Our Legacy and Billykirk and others. And like other Alden pilgrims, I would stop to admire Jordan’s latest Alden SMUs (the best in the biz imho). I’m still carrying a torch for his Alden Workman’s Oxford. Jordan is carrying Aldens again in his new shop along with best quality menswear basics including Apolis trousers, Individualized shirts, Vetra work jackets, LVC Levi’s 501s and a special line of beautiful, English bridle leather belts. The shop also has on offer a variety of pocket carries, shoe care kits, reading material and grooming supplies (a blind spot in my optic). My own purchases for the day included a pair of made in Germany socks and a made in UK, Abbeyhorn key fob.
Jordan in his new space (with clocks and audio for company)
One of Jordan’s SMU Aldens – reverse chamois leather longwings with a double waterloc sole
What I love about Jordan’s shop is that it mixes more familiar brands with surprise offerings from regional designers or manufacturing partners. Case and point are these scarves and caps by Portland based art duo, Made on the Moon. Per Jordan, “[t]he designer here in Portland illustrated the pattern and worked with a craftsman in India to make a wood block print. The craftsman then carved the illustration into a wood block and prints the pattern on the fabrics by hand. The scarves are cut and sewn in India. For the caps the fabric was brought back to the States and cut and sewn into cap form in the USA.”
In Randonneuring, a perm is a permanent route you can schedule to ride at any time. On Saturday, I rode Michal Young’s scenic Alsea 200k loop with several friends from the Oregon Randonneurs. On Sunday, I dragged my friend Bruce up to Portland for what I would consider my favorite Archival shopping perm. The loop starts somewhere around Eye Styles, migrates over to Little Tee for lunch followed by gabbing and gawking at Blake, coffee at Barista, more aspirational shopping at Lizard Lounge and than a post meal retreat to Cinema 21. Though I rarely make purchases on my perm, I consistently catch and release the same evidential photos: Japanese eyewear, FWK Engineered Garments, heritage footwear, denim and print ephemera from the movies. Contact me if you wish to recreate my route. I will provide you with a start time, a list of controls and a few informational questions to confirm that you followed the correct route. Here is some evidence of participation from my weekend: