Posts Tagged ‘made in USA’
Archival Clothing will be making a local appearance at Heritage Dry Goods on Friday May 16 from 3 to 7 pm in our hometown of Eugene, Oregon. If you are a local fan, drop by and say hello. We’ll be showcasing our Spring releases and raffling off one of our new waxed twill Shoulder Tote to a lucky customer. We will also be serving a special beverages provided by two of our favorite downtown businesses, The Barn Light and Party Downtown.
This is a great opportunity to support local business, test out our bags in person and let us know what you would like us to make next. Come by for a free zip pouch (while supplies last) and a 10% discount on all purchases during the event. If there’s something you have been dying to try, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will bring one by on the day of the event. Mark your calendar – it’s only two weeks away!
Archival is pleased to announce that our signature, military spec cotton webbing is now being milled in the US. While we love our made in UK webbing, we’ve been looking for a domestic source for several years. Unfortunately, most US narrow fabric companies have shifted manufacturing emphasis from cotton to nylon webbing. Archival prefers cotton to nylon for its traditional appearance, soft hand and durability. Over time, the dense, stout weave becomes more supple with use, without becoming flimsy. Tireless searching by Archival team members led to the discovery of a new domestic webbing source that could produce best quality, all cotton web to our Archival specifications. As a heritage bag company, we are thrilled to finally be sourcing this key component of our bags in the United States. Although you won’t notice a difference between our US and UK webbing it should be showing up on most of our bags and belts in 2014.
In my quest to source a pair of classic, canvas, vulcanized rubber sneakers I stumbled across this vintage pair of Decks by Cambridge on ebay. I love the nautical rope and wave logo work on the insoles and the great “Tred-Light” tag on the back of the shoes. Is there really a way to improve on such a classic design save for making these available again in sizes for both men and women? I’d buy ten pairs and be set for shoes for life.
Eugene, Oregon is the home base for Archival Clothing. We’ve been shipping bags worldwide since 2010. However, we have never had a formal brick and mortar store for showcasing bags to local customers. All that has changed with the opening of Heritage Dry Goods, a new retail store focusing on American made goods. Nicole Gillson, owner of Heritage, has stocked her shop with many products from her home state of Minnesota including Faribault blankets, Red Wing Pottery, Leather Goods and Tru-Nord compasses and Leather Works Minnesota leather goods. Archival goods are also well represented in the shop. At the moment, Heritage carries our Archival Rucksack, Archival Field Bag, Archival Flap Musette and Zip Pouches. Heritage shares a retail space with Plume Red, a shop focusing on European gifts, apothecary, housewares and jewelery. Plume is your new, go to Eugene source for Opinel knives (an Archival favorite). Here a few snaps from my recent visit to Heritage/Plume:
From the archives, here are some exemplary snaps of classic summer picnics. What could be better than an impromptu, plein air meal in the trees, next to water or on the patio of a tent trailer. When Tom packs for a picnic, he prefers to bring along real plates, flatwear and glasses. Lynn has been shopping for Made in USA picnic supplies that add a little kick to the spread. Her recent finds include compostable wooden spoons, paper drinking straws and of course, canvas throws. Since I’m spending so many outdoor hours on my bicycle, I prefer to picnic indoors, via my screen surrogate, Doris Day, and her Sleep-Tite pajama factory colleagues. The Fosse choreographed, Once a Year Day picnic, perfectly encapsulates all the wild glee, group dancing, aspirational color blocking and mass mayhem of a first rate American picnic. A future post will address the lost of art of picnic blanket tossing.
Now available via the Archival Web Shop.
We are now offering our lightweight, waxed cotton Archival Trail Caps in natural. Classic five panel design with leather tab back adjustment. Made of a 5.5 ounce waxed cotton/nylon that’s both durable and lightweight. The new natural cap is perfect for walking, hunting, fishing or outdoor tennis. Made in USA
Recently there’s been a little excitement as Carhartt starts to promote the styles still made in the USA. The WSJ had an interesting piece over a year ago, and Michael at ACL recently posted a great article (with, as usual, an entertaining comment thread).
Carhartt kindly sent over one of their made in USA Active Jacs for me to check out. I love it – super warm and it’s built like a truck. Gotta dig that giant zipper pull. Regular/roomy fit, so you can layer sweaters underneath. $100. Seriously cannot beat that bang for the buck unless you’re buying used.
In my stocking this past Christmas came a happy little thing of forged aluminum – the Clampette!
It’s a tiny camera fitting that can clamp onto just about anything – ideal for the time-lapse aficionado. Great packaging, great tool, made in the USA. Can’t go wrong. Go check out High Sierra Mfg.