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Archival Lookbook

April 26th, 2013
Over Spring break, Tom and I took some snaps of Archival bags in some of our favorite Eugene locations.  We’ll be assembling the shots into a formal lookbook for distribution to stockists and Archival customers.  Here are a few sneak previews… and outtakes by Lauren, our much beloved Archival intern.    

 

  
 
 
 
  
 
   
  
  
Lauren, AC Intern
  

Archival Field Trip – PDX

February 12th, 2013
  

Over the weekend, I made a quick trip up to Portland to shop for eyewear, catch a film and check in on a few of my favorite shops.  Here are some visual notes from the trip:
New S/S Engineered Garments at Blake
  
Brand obsession – Masunaga eyewear from Japan (via Blink)
Original Archival Flap Musette on tour 
Bike rack Ira Ryan custom porteur
Sugar Cane Brown Beach Jacket

  
  
Shopping for yet another Hario brewing device
Now Playing – Blue Velvet at Cinema 21

Archival Shop Small Weekend

November 23rd, 2012

In celebration of Made in USA goods produced by small manufacturers, we will be featuring three Archival product promotions for our fans this extended weekend – Thursday through Monday. Our special promotion will include: Archival Flap MusettesWool Scarves, and Dopp Kits. With each purchase of a featured Archival product, we will include a small gift. This is our way of introducing you to another US manufacturer. Take a look at our Holiday Gift Ideas for the three Archival specials and more. Orders of $100 qualify for Free domestic (ground) shipping. Thank you for your generous support of Archival and small businesses manufacturing in the US!

Archival Fall Kit

October 15th, 2012

Here a few of my favorite selections from the Fall Archival line.  We’re now offering the Archival Rolltop in waxed twill (the perfect fabric for the damp) while reintroducing our Flap Musette in a lighter weight, carmine red canvas duck (a visual refusal of the gloom).  Small scale accessories for the season include waxed canvas trail caps, cotton jersey scarves and austere yet snappy leather cuffs by AC friend Nick Hollows.

Field Test: Archival Clothing Flap Musette

July 27th, 2010

by Chris Kostman

Tea everywhere, including from a “boat-in” tea shop along Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir

Test-riding a cycle rickshaw in New Delhi, India

Chris Kostman, ultra-endurance cyclist and AdventureCORPS founder, is a self described musette fan. Kostman has been a hero of mine since 1993 when I read his article Mountain Bikes: Who Needs Them? in an issue of Bicycle Guide magazine.

Kostman in 1993 (“any bike, anywhere”)


Several months ago, Kostman wrote me suggesting that Archival Clothing offer one of our musettes in a size that would accommodate a 14″ mac laptop. He uses simple cotton Kucharik musettes to carry his laptop and sundry items. Although I couldn’t provide Chris with an Archival musette that met his size specifications, I persuaded him to purchase one of our waxed cotton flap musettes for his trip to India and Kashmir.

After returning home, Chris published the following field test report on his blog, XO-1.org:

I’m an absolute bag nut and very picky when it comes to the bags I purchase and utilize – for any purpose. For 95% of my bag needs, I rely on the built-to-last, American-made offerings from Red Oxx in Billings, MT. I literally have ten or more of them in use on a regular basis. When I head off on a roadtrip, or to produce an event, it’s a veritable rolling Red Oxx commercial! There’s more on my Red Oxx bags here on the Community Page on the AdventureCORPS site.

A recent two-week trip through India and Kashmir was “bagged” perfectly with three bags from Red Oxx: the Air Boss to hold all my clothes in a space-efficient, and wrinkle-free, manner; the Mini-Ruck as my airplane carry-on with camera gear, gifts, reading material, food, and more; and a Safari Beanos 5.5 as the “bottomless pit” duffle to hold sleeping bags, ground pads, hydration packs for hiking, extra shoes, and other bulky items not needed on a daily basis by our group of three.

I knew all my real packing, hauling, and storage needs would be handled well by my trip of Red Oxx bags, but I also wanted something something small and inconspicuous as my daily-use bag, especially for my large-size digital camera with extra lens, my Moleskine notebook, and the misc. items I’d want to carry every day such as hand sanitizer, energy bars, business cards, and a bottle of water.

Hopefully all of you know that musette bags began their legendary history in the military, then became de rigeur food-and-drink-hand-off bags in the professional cycling world.


I have used an ultra simple cotton musette by Kucharik for over a decade as a protective sleeve for my Mac laptops. When running to the PO, bank, tea shop, and the like I use the same Kucharik musette to carry small items. When I expect to have to carry a bunch of items on my bike – such as when stopping at my mailbox at the end of a long ride – I will carry the folded up musette in my jersey pocket to put to good use when needed. That particular musette has seen a zillion miles and a quadrillion uses, so I knew something along those lines, except more sturdily made and without any logos, would be perfect for my India and Kashmir trip.

Kostman’s well worn Kucharik musette

Enter the recently released musette bag from Archival Clothing, a blog business I’ve been following lately. I ordered one just before winging it to a time zone exactly 12.5 hours later than my own. What a wise purchase that proved to be!

I used the Archival Clothing musette bag every day, taking it everywhere I went. It served many duties, including camera bag, shopping bag, and mainly just keeping everything I needed on a daily basis in a handy, low-key, easy-to-use design. The bag slowly changed color over time, taking on a more rugged, and lived-in patina. I don’t plan to clean it any time soon; it keeps getting better looking. No doubt it will last forever, too.

In a few of shots below, you can see everything which I stuffed in it one day during the only “shopping spree” of the trip. That was in Dharamsala (more specifically, MacLeod Ganj), home of the Dalai Lama and many Tibetan refugees. The latter have some neat things for sale, and my two travel friends kept handing me stuff to carry in my musette, as it operated like a black hole into which we dropped everything. To sum up, this is one fantastic bag and I’ll never travel without it. (I’ll put it to good use on my bicycle in the near future, no doubt, and will post a follow-up report about that application as well.)

Kostman along the Lidder River in Pahalgam, Kashmir

You, too, can be blessed by, and photographed with, a spiritual guru for just a buck!


The Archival Clothing Musette Bag holds an awful lot of gear, and shopping finds, when necessary! Everything pictured was comfortably in the bag.

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)