I love brands that draw inspiration from original, specific historical examples. The product range for Choctaw Ridge, a company specializing in traditional undergarments, looks like it was extracted from the pages of the Montgomery Wards 1949 catalog. The star of the Choctaw line up is their traditional, yoke front boxer which has been updated for 2012 with a shorter inseam and lavish Japanese fabrics – from lightweight cotton to seersucker to linen. Here is a quick snap view of the complete Choctaw range. As the Wards catalog might report, all garments are well tailored for wearing comfort.
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2. Before you buy, be selective. Scrutinize items for build quality, fit, finish, functionality and lasting style. If an item is not perfect, catch and release it.
3. Do more with less. Add a few key pieces to your wardrobe and wear them until they dissolve.
4. Shop from yourself and from thrift shops. Repurpose strategic items from the past.
5. Support apparel companies that manufacture their products in the US. Buy products still proudly made in their traditional country of origin.
6. Contact manufacturers and let them know what they should offer. If you’re a woman and you love classic heritage styles, ask them to offer their products in your size.
7. Find out what products are manufactured in your region. Visit factories and publish reports.
8. Wear wool and linen year round. Experiment with summer weight woolens, and heavier linens.
9. Come up with a signature uniform. Wear it once a week.
10. Read historical newspapers and magazines. Learn about lost brands, fashions, and manufacturing traditions.
Dry Bones is a terrific clothing company out of Tokyo, Japan. While their primary focus is on denim, Dry Bones also makes beautiful, 50’s inspired outerwear. My favorite is this insulated, wool tweed car coat (google unreliably translates the model name as “Pharaoh“). I love the two-tone flecked wool, exposed 2-way zip and knit ribbed collar and cuffs. The inside of the coat looks as stylish as the outside. This is one of those pieces that absolutely looks like it has been shopped from past.
Good news for women. Dry Bones also sells a line for women. Last year, I picked up this pin striped coverall jacket via rakuten (first spotted at Self Edge in SF). But, o my, the offerings for this year look a little less heritage themed.
I just received my LL Bean Spring 1933 catalog in the mail (egregious delivery delays!). I’m forwarding along to Archival readers in need of last minute moccasin sandals, pack baskets, tackle kits, Maine fishing coats, tobacco pouches or fly rod outfits for their August camps. To order your goods, complete the form below and send at once to LL Bean, Freeport Maine.
Also, the gent on eBay with a container full of vintage Hunting World clothing is still selling those terrific chinos for only $25. Don’t pass these up! UPDATE – from our experience (5 pairs between the two of us), the brown chinos are made in the USA, and the khakis are made in China.
Instead of stocking up more on these great garments, I’ll shop from myself and keep dreaming about Patagonia re-issuing my beloved, slim-fitting Stand Up Pant from the early 1990s in the same 8oz Cramerton Twill as the above Dickies (and making them in the USA).
We love woolen garments and accessories. We obsess over pure new wool. We prefer wool over almost any other fabric because of its warmth and durability and because it retains its natural beauty over its long life. We believe, and can testify from experience, that an investment in wool pays off generously. Wool blankets are essential this time of year. As temperatures drop and you start feeling the chill, add a blanket layer to your bed or pull a blanket over your lap while you’re sitting on the couch or in the car. Wrap blankets around your kids (or your parents). A personal sized wool blanket or throw is a lasting gift. It makes a great picnic blanket (for those of you in temperate climes). Kids can take a magic carpet ride on a wool throw, or pitch a cozy tent in the living room. Pets also enjoy sleeping on wool. The favorite spot of a certain cat we know is the folded blanket at the end of the bed. (The dog would be on the blanket too, if only the cat would let him.)
by Tom Bonamici
A friend of Archival Clothing pointed me towards this incredible set of images showing the plant of William Doxford and Sons in the late 1950s. Follow the link to get more history on Wm. Doxford, one of the biggest British shipyards of the 20th century. I’m wowed by the scale of the operations here – just look at the size of the lathes!
Please see Old Town for outfitting before your in-person field trip. Ideally, please schedule your visit between 1955 and 1962. Wm. Doxford was shuttered in 1980.
I’ve been using Devold Aquaduct baselayers for cycling for years. In colder conditions, and in the rain, I wear mattress layers of Devold plus a light wind vest. I’d rather get damp than overheat in a fully sleeved shell. Aquaduct knits can also be worn off the bike as a spread-collar type top layer in the style of Alexander of Fanny and Alexander (Bergman 1982).
For arctic conditions, I recommend one of Devold’s Blue Marine (Blaatroie) sweaters. Worn by North Sea fisherman in some past era, blue marine sweaters are knit from pure new wool using tightly knit worsted yarns. The sweaters are super durable (non-pilling) and work well for wear under waxed cotton jackets or vests. What I like best about the Blue Marine series is that they retain their original historical styling save for the patriotic addition of a Norwegian flag patches. That being said, here’s an example of a Devold nautical model I would not purchase from the past:
While I prefer shopping from the 19th century, Devold is offering a few “modern” tech woolens I might try. I’m a little unsure about the overarching look of the “Optimum” hoodie but I do like its use of a knit grid pattern and thumb loop holes. The optimum might make a nice addition to my post-apocalyptic layering system: