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Archival Camp Ensemble

May 9th, 2014

Here’s my idea of the perfect summer camp ensemble. All the items are made for women but could easily be sourced in a gent’s version:

Clockwise from top: Eastland Yarmouth Camp Moc, Tradlands Vacationland Shirt, Tourjours Linen Chambray Shorts, Freeman Rain Jacket.

Add a few Archival accessories for the perfect camp kit  –  Cotton Bucket Hat and Archival Shoulder Tote:


Archival Round Up – Rugged Ladies

February 14th, 2014

Here’s a quick round up of some of my favorite photographs featuring women in classic, heritage garb.  I always turn to these images as consolation when I’m on the hunt for a new outfit.  While the vintage snaps are filled with ladies sporting khaki trousers, neck ties, plaid shirts and sporty blazers, the same items are nearly impossible to source in the present day.  Here’s some shopping advice for the the 1913 lady in search of a new forestry suit.  Note emphasis on khaki and corduroy as the default, go to fabric for outdoor rambles.

M.18.A.3 Packet 10


Archival Review – Tradlands Shirting

December 12th, 2013

Finding heritage shirting for women is a battle. While gents can freely source classic, made in USA shirts in beautiful chambrays, ginghams and linens, women are limited to a tiny list of brands and stockists. In the past, I purchased my heritage shirting from Nepenthes in NYC or Taylor Stitch in SF. Now, we’re starting to see shirting companies like Gitman and Chimala offering expanded lines for women. Jcrew offers a few options under the unfortunate “boyfriend” moniker. Too bad the shirts are made overseas from less than durable fabrics.  Enter Tradlands, a company out of the SF area dedicated to manufacturing stylish, made in SF shirting for women. I asked Tradlands to send me one of their chambray shirts, the Clement street, for review. I’m drawn to the Tradlands shirts because they are well made and simply styled – no pleats, hour glass panels or gratuitously feminizing details. The shirt that was shipped to me was made in a lovely blue, lightweight chambray that was flecked with color.   Here are some snaps for review:






From the archives – Freshman Dinks

September 26th, 2013

From the Florida Memory Archives, here is a great snap of two FSU Freshman wearing their Freshman beanies.  In the 1930s and 40s, college Freshman were often required to wear beanies or “dinks”  during their first term on campus.  After WWII, the tradition largely died out although you can still find archival images of Freshman in the 1960s sporting dinks.  One Polytechnic archives reported that students in 1967 held a beanie burning ceremony.  As a form of hazing, dink wear seems relatively benign.  I’d love to see this style of short brimmed, low crown cap return to campus as some kind of mandatory Freshman garb.


UW – River Falls sporting dinks and sandals in the 1960s


Beanie/Freshman hazing dink from Wheaton college


Cornell Dink


EKU students in Dinks and loafers in 1963


Late for Class? (A Freshman Rush).  Comic postcard from 1906 via George Wahr

Archival Garb for Women

July 12th, 2013

It was great to see this article in the New York Times about the emerging trend of tailored, masculine clothing for women.  I’ve been championing the production of heritage style menswear sized for women since the earliest days of the Archival blog.  Of course, Japan, per usual, is ahead of the curve in this area.  Beams Boys regularly features snaps of of female customers sporting menswear inspired ensembles.  Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the Beams flickr feed:


Archival Hop Harvest

July 11th, 2013

Here’s an exemplary snap of summer work togs from the OSU Archives flickr set, Hop On, Brewing and Beer.  The caption of the image is Coeds with Hoes.  I’m going to shop from this photo for my upcoming trip the UK.  Look for me in London wearing slant stripes, head kerchiefs, rolled trousers and hop covered loafers.  Unsure whether TSA will permit hoe portage past Eugene security.