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Archival Finds – July Edition

July 17th, 2016

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Long ago, Hunting World used to sell canvas caps and hats manufactured by a traditional French hunting clothing company. I haven’t seen one on the market for many years so it was nice to find an Explora in very fine cotton gabardine show up on eBay last week.  I nabbed it for mid-summer  kayaking or hiking trips. The chin strap on this one is missing  so I’m going to have to wildcraft a replacement.

 

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More French stuff. Orcival, my go to brand for sturdy nautical tops, offered this interesting variation in linen. I found this example on one of the many Rakuten sites for overseas shoppers now listing vintage and used clothing.

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I was thrilled to see that Private White V.C. is now offering a version of their Goodwood Racing Worksuit for women. I’m not wild about the body shaping princess panels that always seem to  show up on heritage items offered for women (see Filson, Barbour and Belstaff). However, I love the idea of wearing this ensemble as a less dressy alternative to the summer linen suit.

 

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Brady is now making of use of cork for their main line of fishing and game bags. Not sure how well cork would hold up to wintery bike commutes in Oregon but I’d love to give it a try. I wish we had made up a special Archival Musette model in this material.

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I’m happy to see so many vintage Gokey handsewns popping up on eBay. My fave model at the moment.  I love Quoddy and Rancourt but I have a soft spot for original Saint Paul made Gokey camp mocs, lace ups and ankle boots. If you are a sizing outlier like myself (men’s 6d), you can pick up some pretty unique models on the used market, preferably a pair with  gro-cord soles:

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Shopping from ebay: Gokey loafers

November 30th, 2011





Here’s an unusual pair of Gokey loafers for women, available via this ebay auction. Gokey is known for their rugged, moccasin-style, handsewn boots for gents. Gokey footwear was originally designed for explorers, hunters and prospectors. Here’s a typical Gokey specimen:

I’ve always aspired to own knee-high Gokey boots. I also covet Tom’s garage sale Gokey ankle boots. But since neither style is sized for women, I’m trolling ebay for Gokeys I could actually wear. Since I live in loafers, these Gokeys might fit the bill. Best of all, they were made by the original Gokey company before they were purchased by Orvis.

Archival Deadstock

October 7th, 2011

It’s great to see US brands like Red Wing, Wolverine and Thorogood reissuing work boots and shoes from their archives. While the original versions were designed for hard wear, modern offerings are likened to dress shoes and sold at a premium. If you’re longing for the real deal, take a look at these ebay auctions for deadstock shoes and boots from the 1930s and 1940s.




1940s John Pilling Shoes

If you don’t see a style you like, here is a mail order portal for shopping from the past:

From the Archives: Yakima Climbing Youth

July 30th, 2010


OK, we know that the Life archive has been endlessly passed around the circle, but it doesn’t mean that the images aren’t brilliant. Having grown up rock climbing, I’m stuck on these kids from Yakima, Washington, right now. You cannot fail with khakis, Chucks, and poplin anoraks. Sign me up.




LL adds: one hopes these gents purchased their archival camping supplies from Sears Tent & Awning–a venerable canvas awning and canopy company still open for business in Yakima, Washington.

Shopping from 1946: Field & Stream

February 22nd, 2010
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Masland Sportman’s Clothes

On a November run up to The Rain Shed for closed cell foam and cordage, Tom picked up this 1946 Field & Stream from a thrift shop. In a future post, I’ll showcase F & S advertisements from familiar “living” US brands like Pendleton, Gokey, Filson and Eddie Bauer. Today, I want to highlight a few forgotten outdoor clothing companies like Congress and Masland Sportman’s Clothes. US-made outdoor clothing has been reduced to a few well-known, premium priced brands (and aggravatingly, Japan-only reissues). But, the 1946 Field & Stream offers a robust selection of outdoor clothing with an emphasis on quality components, sturdy fabrics, tailored fit, good value and regional (not national) manufacturing. And of course, I love the generous selection of apparel for women (stream jacket, please).

A few more examples via flickr.

R.C. Nichols Corp.

Dryback

Red Head Brand Co.

Archer Rubber Co.

Scotty Kote

Bancroft Cap Co.

Ripon Knitting Works

Dave Cook Sporting Goods Co.

Bone Dry Shoe Mfg Co.

Archival dress code for your next canoe trip:

Archival Field Trip: San Francisco (1/2010)

February 2nd, 2010

by Lesli Larson


Archival Clothing made a quick trip to San Francisco over the weekend to see friends, visit shops, show bags and attend Andrea Marcovicci’s Johnny Mercer tribute. As it were, our visit corresponded with the opening of MAN UP, a menswear pop-up store on Market St. In the next few posts, we’ll document our finds. For now, here’s a quick visual review.














Archival Field Trip: Timber Bowl

February 6th, 2009








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Bowling in small doses (say, once every five years) is OK since you get to wear stylistically and historically codified footwear (like an interactive module in a shoe museum). While bowling has inspired fashion oriented footwear, my minimal field research shows little evidence that streetwear has influenced bowling shoe designs. At Timber Bowl, in Springfield, Oregon, I did see a poster advertising a contemporary line of bowling shoes by Dexter (I didn’t even know that bowling type shoes were available for sale to the public). But I’m not worried since most of the Dexter styling updates go no further than velcro closures or a special high top edition. For the most part, the overarching Dexter design concept remains firmly rooted in saddle shoe stylings from the 1950s.

Timeless classics

Contemporary options by Dexter Bowling

Archival Footwear: Chaussures de Vélo

February 4th, 2009


Overheard these shoes on one of my favorite cycling specific internet discussion boards (by way of the Miami cycling blog, La Rueda Tropical).  Available through Cycles Alex Singer.

And here’s a link to another source for dress cycling shoes (to wear with your Bicycle Fixation herringbone knickers). Shoes by Dromarti (was Marresi?).


Addendum: a nice photo of a pair of vintage cycling shoes on Guuwatanabe’s flickr photostream.

And a snap of ST’s vintage, MTB Sidis