Each refresh of the Japanese cycling outfitter Rin Project site reveals a new product obsession: wool cycling sweaters, retro hairnets, knicker hose, mod coats, leather cycling shoes and Brompton compatible shoulder satchels.
My top Rin Project product pick is this cycling pullover with retro-inspired front carrying pockets and wool sourced from the UK. It reminds me of the derby tweed sweaters that Rivendell Bicycle Works used to make in the 1990s.
This is the sweater to wear during your recreation of the Tyneside endurance test.
While I like to think that I am relatively current with heritage clothing brands in the states and abroad, I was pleased to discover Danton during my PDC trip to Tokyo last Spring. Danton is a french workwear brand sold in Japan. I’m not quite sure whether there really is any more Danton sold in France (readers?!) although web retail reports indicate that the company was indeed founded in France in 1931. I came back from Japan with a few different Danton garments including round collar shirts in short and long sleeves. I love that this style combines my favorite shirting elements: round collar, popover design, short cut, and on seam pockets. The garment is unisex; I’ve seen it on offer on several Japanese web shop for women and gents including B-Shop and Woody Company. Depending on the season, you can order this shirt in light chambray or a heavier weight oxford cloth. Now that Rakuten is opening up space to more second hand clothing shops, you can most likely purchase Danton plus shipping to the states for less than $100 (pretty good for an item that you will most likely wear for years to come).
I know that we live in a state of denim elysium but if you are looking for new fabrics and fits,, give this Danton a try.
Love this snap of canvas duck Archival Rucksacks on display at a new Tokyo stockist, Green Angle. I’m starting to envy the travel destinations of our Springfield, Oregon made baggage.
Last weekend we were honored with a visit from the Japanese “hi-style” magazine HUGE. HUGE is doing a feature on Oregon manufacturers and we were pleased that they included Archival in their itinerary. On Sunday, the HUGE team visited our sewing contractor’s facility in Springfield to get some live action snaps of Terry at work.
It was a pleasure to watch Nick, a professional photographer, at work. Here he is taking light meter readings before shooting Terry. I love that Nick shoots on film.
Nick and Takuhito, delightful gents
Documenting how Terry sets washers and snaps.
Checking Polaroids of me. I’m posing in front of a Quonset hut
I endorse Takuhito’s twin pack approach to rucksack portage. Nicole, AC Production Manager, dodging the camera in background.
Archival heirlooms: Mamiya 645, Domke canvas camera bag and Kodak 120 Portra film.
Nick’s back up rig – an Olympus Stylus point and shoot. I like his Makr carry pouch.
Prepping Rucksacks for their close ups
As you’d probably guess, we’re devotees of everything analog . Clocks and watches are the most obvious examples, but I’ll confess to a serious obsession with analog stove and oven controls (I see no reason why home ovens can’t have the same interface as a commercial Blodgett). The latest and most impressive analog inspiration comes from flickr user hawkexpress. His PoIC project is an excellent exercise in self-documentation and brand loyalty, two characteristics that we endorse highly. We’re not sure precisely what goes on the cards – it’s apparently a “system to organize [hawkexpress’] life,” but we heartily complement the methods.
(part of my analog desk system)
It’s deep August so I’m in far swing away from my principal Winter obsession: bag and jacket hunting (from the archives, movies or UK). Instead, I’m organizing my archive of old web shots from Japanese websites featuring US and UK products. Brady Bags (out of the UK) is a long way from offering teddy bears and shot glasses (although the new flashy Brady site does feature images of women in white linen and uses the word “fashion” in the main page copy). Here are a few Brady bags that got away from me two years ago. Several people have offered to help me place orders for items from Japan but I fear that this option would be as finacially devestating as being able to shop from 1930’s cinema (friend Tom B. knows that Rules of the Game would bankrupt me over the gamekeeper’s garb alone.