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Release – Archival Dot Kerchiefs

December 17th, 2013

 Kerchief_Red__Navy_Print_Detail_F18We’re very pleased to release our first Archival brand kerchief, since we consider a good handkerchief an everyday necessity. Use them for blowing your nose, wiping your hands, a fine furoshiki, tying things together, or just tying around your neck. Ours are a touch larger than usual, made of an excellent linen-cotton (LiCo? CoLin?) that is durable, absorbent, and quick-drying. We use a traditional sewn hem, as opposed to modern kerchiefs which often simply serge the raw edge.

The process: We source undyed linen-cotton, have it cut and sewn into blanks, have the blanks dyed, then have the dyed blanks printed. output_1LJh69We do recommend washing your kerchief once before use to even out the printed pattern, which will feel a touch rough when unwashed.

Alert – Archival Kerchiefs

December 5th, 2013

Over the years we’ve been posting on our favorite kerchief projects. We originally declared our admiration for discharge printed kerchiefs sourced via ebay, thrifts and Japanese web shops. Two years ago, I discovered Cornell University’s collection of political american kerchiefs. Our current kerchief favorite is the wave kerchief made by our Archival friends and stockist, General Quarters.  Stay tuned for a new Archival kerchief launch coming soon. Here is an evidential visual of Tom transporting the new Archival Kerchiefs by way of packboard and his custom Coho city bike.
Kerchiefs

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.

Archival Field Trip – San Francisco

May 30th, 2013
 
  
  

  

Rancourt mocs at Taylor Stitch
  Random encounters with Rivendell

 
  

Sound level monitoring


 Mister Self Edge

 Harris tweed castoff

Sushi Boat

Release – Wave Pattern Kerchiefs

May 28th, 2013

We’re offering a new, discharge printed kerchief made by General Quarters, one of our favorite Los Angeles stockists.  Blair, owner of General Quarters, designed this kerchief with a Japanese pattern called Nami or Seigaiha.  According to Blair, the word means “calm waves” and the four arcs in the pattern represent the four oceans surrounding Japan.  Note: for folks who purchased our dot kerchief, the blanks for the wave pattern kerchiefs are slightly larger (perfect for neckwear).  Available via our Archival Web Shop.

 Burgundy Kerchief (21″ x 21″)
Black Wave (19″ x 21″)


Release – Dot Kerchiefs

April 10th, 2013

I first spotted these kerchiefs at General Quarters, one of my favorite Los Angeles stockists. For those of you that have followed us for awhile, you know how much we love traditional, discharge printed cotton kerchiefs. Outside of Japan, they can be difficult to source. The General Quarters version is beautifully discharge printed in LA on all cotton blanks. The original design echoes historical polka dot patterns found in old Montgomery Wards catalogs from the 1940s.  Visit the Archival Web Shop for more information or to place an order.



Archival Field Trip – Los Angeles

March 4th, 2013
A few snap views from last weekend’s jaunt to Los Angeles.  For the prequel, check out my LA Field Trip from 2012.
Friend Mimsy sporting an Archival Plain Musette
  
 
Blair, proprietor of General Quarters 
Signature, discharge printed kerchiefs
  
Archival Rucksack on display
  
Exemplary ensemble – Self Edge LA

  
 Self Edge x Flat Head denim after 5 years of wear


Out of the past – Mimsy mural print

   
 Retrospecs at Shelter Half
 

  
Tradesmen co-founders, Ruben and Doug
  
Wrist bling
  
  
 Tradesmen by M. Nii pop up shop

  
Archival baggage on display
California teen style via Lord Love a Duck (Axelrod 1966)
  
Wishful shopping – Alden Tassel Loafers (size 6.5!)

De Rigueur McIntosh sound system – Unionmade

More McIntosh – Mohawk General Store
Breakfast sandiwch – Salt’s Cure
Shirley Bassey – Oscars telecast
Feal Mor – Sadly closed on Sundays
Last minute media – Scotty McTavish McDougal McCardo

Eugene re-entry – Sundance Natural Foods

Shopping from the movies: On Any Sunday (1971)

February 29th, 2012

On Any Sunday (Brown 1971), the famous 1971 motorcycle documentary, has been shopped to death. Over the years, gent bloggers have obsessed over the film’s motorcycles, wax jackets, leather boots and Steve McQueen footage. Coming late to this movie, I gravitated to the section dealing with the six day international motorcycle trial in Spain. As a randonneur, I appreciate any sporting event that emphasizes endurance, durable clothing, modest rewards and an ethos of self reliance (riders must maintain their own machines during the race).

Here are a few of my favorite small details from On Any Sunday:

Red kerchief; rear snap closure pockets on jacket

Self-reliant motorcycle maintenance

Anorak and jockey goggles over eyeglasses

Cotton web strap holding the metal skid plate in place (nylon now for sure)

Stylish spectator in Spain

Pristine pit crew

Modest winner’s medallion

Mixed use trail

Archival DIY: Knotting a Kerchief

January 22nd, 2012

For the past few years I’ve been taking kerchief knotting lessons from John Ford characters. In my mind, my kerchiefs always look as snappy as the ones worn by John Wayne in Ford’s cavalry trilogy:

Several weeks ago, I sent out a tweet requesting more formal, step by step instructions for knotting a kerchief. Several folks recommended that I check out Cotton Duck’s helpful how-to guide originally posted on the discussion forum superfuture. I’m reposting the instructions below: