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Archival Field Trip: NYC/Brooklyn (Pt 2)

November 11th, 2010

Back in Eugene, I’m fast forwarding through some more snapshots from our recent trip to NYC.

If you live in NYC, you should be watching a movie nearly every night. No excuses. During our trip, we were able to catch a screening of Frederick Wiseman‘s new documentary, Boxing Gym. In a future post, we will review some of the archival workouts found in Wiseman’s film. Our favorite: striking an old truck tire with a sledge hammer. In an “only in NY” moment, our Wiseman evening concluded unexpectedly with an audience Q&A led by an NYU film professor and a professional boxer (“The Polish Punisher”).

I stalked these gents down the street near Freemans Sporting Club. I was curious about the untreated natural duck shoulder bag, assuming it was a special Tokyo-only item. I later found it at J.Crew.

Sunday morning, we dropped by one of my favorite NYC shops, Barbour by Peter Elliot. I know most of the inventory by heart but I was surprised by this new Barbour waxed cotton blazer w/integrated quilt liner.

Tempted by the trim fit of the Barbour Bedale for children

Beautiful pocketing detail on a Barbour x To Ki To jacket





During our visit to Freemans Sporting Club,we ran into these friends of Archival Clothing (Seattle transplants). For obvious reasons, we love Freeman’s ethos of producing locally made, heritage inspired clothing from the best quality materials. The chore jacket in 5.5 oz Waxwear waxed cotton is a personal favorite.

Fellow Oregonian and A Restless Transplant blogger, Foster Huntington, joined our archival walking tour Saturday afternoon.


Quick pause at the J.Crew Liquor Store.





Since we sell our Archival Rucksacks through Peter Buchanan’s Best Made Co, we wanted to stop by his studio and meet Peter in person. We chatted about the genesis of Peter’s axe project and a mystery chore coat he picked up in Sweden. Turns out the jacket is made by Saint James and it’s a model readily available through our own distributor (if you’re interested, email me). Per normal, the size small jacket fits me (and Tom) like David Byrne’s suit in Stop Making Sense. Lensman Foster took some great snaps of the studio visit.



On Sunday, we made a pilgrimage to MOMA to see the Frankfurt kitchen and some time based art.




On Monday, Tom and I finished up our tour of shops. We stopped at Odin, a great NYC menswear shop that carries Engineered Garments, an Archival Clothing favorite. I was impressed by the friendly, low key store staff. They didn’t seem to mind me snapping ten thousand views of my current obsession, a ripstop cotton pea coat by Engineered Garments. During our visit, a delivery gent came by to pick up a package for GQ. I considered slipping an A.C. bag into the bundle.







Friend Jing, aka Hands on with X, recommended that we visit Blue in Green, “a men’s lifestyle store,” which she shops from Australia. Blue in Green specializes in men’s fashion from Japan, England, Italy, France and the United States. Not surprisingly, our favorite items–shirts, denim, and jackets–came from Japan. The Real McCoy rigger boots were total show stoppers.



FWK Engineered Garments for women


New trousers for Tom

Heritage poncho

Nearing heritage overload, our last stop on our tour was the Nepenthes store in the garment district. Tom chatted with one of the staff while I headed to the back area of the shop to view the FWK Engineered Garments collection for women (review to follow).

We picked up a few bagels (consolation biscuits) for our return flight back to Eugene.

Archival News: A.C. Plain Musette in the WSJ

October 27th, 2010


In NYC, we were thrilled to see our A.C. plain musette featured in a Saturday article about musettes and man bags in the Wall Street Journal. As someone who subscribes to two daily newspapers, it was great to see Archival Clothing finally featured in a printed hard copy. I bought my copy from a newsstand on Broadway.

Full story here.

Archival NYC field trip report coming soon.

Archival Flap Musettes Now Available

April 27th, 2010

We are excited to announce that a new round of Archival Flap Musettes and Archival Totes are now available. We also have Archival Plain Musettes in stock.

Flap musette in 10 oz. navy waxed cotton canvas

Flap musette in 22 oz. ranger tan waxed twill

Flap musette in 10 oz. olive waxed cotton canvas


To make a purchase, please send an email to info@ArchivalClothing.com to confirm availability of style and color.

The Flap Musette is $110 + 12.50 for shipping within the US.

For international shipping charges, please inquire at info@ArchivalClothing.com.

While our musettes are designed for cycling and everyday use, we were pleased that Apartment Therapy Unplggd endorsed our bags for ipad portage.

And in case you missed our production tour of T & J sewing, here are a few more shots of the flap musettes being sewn by owner Terry Shuck.

Individually numbered tabs (hand stamped by Tom)

Binding side seams

Bartacking

Attaching web strap

Our sewing savant

In lieu of cardboard boxes (custom transport duffles by T & J)

Archival Production Report

April 11th, 2010
Terry w/flap musette fabrics

Terry Shuck of T & J Custom Sewing in Springfield, Oregon, makes all of our Archival Clothing baggage. Terry started out in shoe repair and later worked as a fabric cutter, machine technician and backup soft goods design assistant for Burley Design Cooperative in Eugene, Oregon. We had heard it was difficult to find a quality sewing contractor, so it was our luck that Terry was the first listing in the local yellow pages, and he’s just ten miles down the road. From our first meeting, we have been impressed with Terry’s remarkable knowledge of his craft. When we started out we had nothing more than rough home sewn prototypes and hopeful drawings. Terry was able to take our ideas and transform them into a finished product. We really appreciate Terry’s ability to work with our original designs and robust materials (heavy duty waxed twill and mil spec cotton webbing from the UK). It was through Terry that we found several subcontractors and material suppliers, and he’s been patient and helpful as we learn the ins and outs of managing a production schedule. Here are a few images from a recent visit, in which Terry – who sews all of our bags himself – constructs our Totes and Flap Musettes.

Operating fabric saw

Adding leather washers and brass snaps to flap musettes

Basting AC tag

Joining panels

Bias tape delivery

Swapping tape folder for walking foot

Archival Update: Musettes Available

March 9th, 2010
Navy
Yellow

Field Tan

Along with our new totes, our musettes are now in stock. To purchase a musette or tote, send an email to info@ArchivalClothing.com to confirm availability of style and color.

For the musette, please specify color (Field Tan, Navy, or Yellow), and strap length (41 or 45 inches). There is limited availability of plain musettes with a 45 inch strap. Musettes are $50 plus $7.50 for shipping within the US.

If you’re in the area, drop by Clever Cycles in Portland, Oregon, to see our musettes.

For international shipping charges, please inquire at info@ArchivalClothing.com.

We should have another round of flap musettes and rucksacks available in the next month.

Also, please check out our guest post on Commerce with a Conscience.