In collaboration with David Alperin, we produced these special edition Archival Rucksacks. The bags are constructed of gray 22 oz waxed filter twill with all black Horween leather, black mil spec cotton webbing and blue bartacking. The rucksacks are being sold exclusively through Goosebarnacle, David’s Brooklyn Heights boutique which was recently voted best menswear shop by New York magazine.
Posts Tagged ‘custom’
In April, I’ll be pre-registering for Paris-Brest-Paris. Although the Pencil was an early front runner, I’ll be riding my custom Vanilla lugged randonnee on the August 2011 ride. Acquiring the Vanilla was a bit like mail ordering from the future. I submitted a deposit in 2006 and took delivery in September 2010. The bike is a bit of a Rivendell remake (more Herzog’s Nosferatu, less Van Sant’s Psycho). I switched over from 650b to 700c tires, requested lighter weight tubing and integrated lights, rack and fenders. Sacha White, the bike’s builder, was kind enough to borrow a mandrel to give my front fork a nice, low radius bend (à la française).
Here’s an out-of-the-past preview courtesy of the Vanilla Workshop’s flickr photostream:
Updated views from an unusually balmy MLK Day ride:
by Tom Bonamici
We were alarmed to see that flickr favorite, Pillpat, has loaded more images to her Manufrance set. Over dinner, we had been shopping from Arnys and Hebden Cord, both offering unobtainable clothing (one’s unaffordable, one’s out of business). Like these companies, Pillpat’s content aggravates the historical shopper by presenting a line of unique garments all with singular cuts, details and fabrics. The hunting clothing is particularly strong in this round of images–see especially: le costume pour l’alpiniste, le nouveau costume pour la chasse et le grand paletot fourré.
Like in the Arnys catalog, we’re really impressed by the presentation of garments as part of an entire ensemble. But we also enjoy seeing the different detailing, such as odd plackets and pockets, pivot sleeves, and wildly varying hemlines. In fact, we both think that Hergé might have done all of Tintin’s shopping from this very catalog. Finally, the fabric samples bring to mind the Archival Clothing party doctrine that any garment in a line should be available in any fabric (see custom options at Old Town and Hebden Cord).
After three years and a few days, I just received word from custom frame builder Curt Goodrich that my 650b frame and rack are finally finished and ready for paint/plating. After putting over 6,000 on my Goodwill Trek randonneuse, I’m thrilled and desperate to ride something which was actually built to accommodate the mixed dimensions of my mini monkey donkey body.
Here is a link to my parts selection to date.