In case you were not able to drop by the Archival booth at Inspiration LA, here are some snap views from the show. One of the best parts of Inspiration was catching up with old friends and finally meeting longtime collaborators and brand fans. Take a look..
Rogue Territory and General Quarters Crew
Lauren and Tomo – friends from NorthernGrade Chicago
Lynn and Raymond Molinar – one of our favorite photogs
The gents from Men’s File
Chris Kostman (AdventureCORPS) and his vintage, buckskin jacket
Howard Gee (AB FITS)
Looking forward to catching up with Southern California stockists and customers at Inspiration LA. If you’re in the area, drop by and say hello to the AC team. For those who cannot make the show, here is how things looked at our booth in 2013 when the show was staged on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
A few weeks ago Team AC met in Los Angeles to catch up and visit some of our stockists. We dropped in on Tradesmen LA and General Quarters. We also got a chance to catch up with Judy Augur whom we first met at Inspiration LA. Here are some snap views from the trip.
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.
Last week I was in Los Angeles to visit a friend, see Liza Minnelli in concert and revisit a few of shops. On my itinerary was Tradesmen – our newest Archival stockist. Located in Venice, Tradesmen specializes in casual, well made, military and heritage inspired clothing: chambray shirts paired with camo shorts, for example. Trademen owners Ruben and Doug are two of the nicest gents you’ll ever meet and their store — its physical space, the presentation of their merchandise, and even the print ephemera — is stunning.
Living in Oregon, I forget about direct sunlight. I spent a long weekend in LA to escape the gloom and visit an old chum. Our plan was to see Bernadette Peters in concert and spend the rest of our time revisiting vintage television shows (I prefer my sun through a curtain). While my friend worked on Friday, I toured brick and mortar stores in the area (documentary evidence below). Since so many stores do not permit photography, I cannot show you the amazing champagne glass shoe display at Maison Martin Margiela or my celebrity sighting at Mister Freedom.