Last weekend we were honored with a visit from the Japanese “hi-style” magazine HUGE. HUGE is doing a feature on Oregon manufacturers and we were pleased that they included Archival in their itinerary. On Sunday, the HUGE team visited our sewing contractor’s facility in Springfield to get some live action snaps of Terry at work.
It was a pleasure to watch Nick, a professional photographer, at work. Here he is taking light meter readings before shooting Terry. I love that Nick shoots on film.
Nick and Takuhito, delightful gents
Documenting how Terry sets washers and snaps.
Checking Polaroids of me. I’m posing in front of a Quonset hut
I endorse Takuhito’s twin pack approach to rucksack portage. Nicole, AC Production Manager, dodging the camera in background.
Archival heirlooms: Mamiya 645, Domke canvas camera bag and Kodak 120 Portra film.
Nick’s back up rig – an Olympus Stylus point and shoot. I like his Makr carry pouch.
Prepping Rucksacks for their close ups
We are excited to announce that a new round of Archival Flap Musettes and Archival Totes are now available. We also have Archival Plain Musettes in stock.
Flap musette in 10 oz. navy waxed cotton canvas
Flap musette in 22 oz. ranger tan waxed twill
Flap musette in 10 oz. olive waxed cotton canvas
To make a purchase, please send an email to info@ArchivalClothing.com to confirm availability of style and color.
The Flap Musette is $110 + 12.50 for shipping within the US.
For international shipping charges, please inquire at info@ArchivalClothing.com.
While our musettes are designed for cycling and everyday use, we were pleased that Apartment Therapy Unplggd endorsed our bags for ipad portage.
And in case you missed our production tour of T & J sewing, here are a few more shots of the flap musettes being sewn by owner Terry Shuck.
Individually numbered tabs (hand stamped by Tom)
Binding side seams
Attaching web strap
Our sewing savant
In lieu of cardboard boxes (custom transport duffles by T & J)
Terry w/flap musette fabrics
Terry Shuck of T & J Custom Sewing in Springfield, Oregon, makes all of our Archival Clothing baggage. Terry started out in shoe repair and later worked as a fabric cutter, machine technician and backup soft goods design assistant for Burley Design Cooperative in Eugene, Oregon. We had heard it was difficult to find a quality sewing contractor, so it was our luck that Terry was the first listing in the local yellow pages, and he’s just ten miles down the road. From our first meeting, we have been impressed with Terry’s remarkable knowledge of his craft. When we started out we had nothing more than rough home sewn prototypes and hopeful drawings. Terry was able to take our ideas and transform them into a finished product. We really appreciate Terry’s ability to work with our original designs and robust materials (heavy duty waxed twill and mil spec cotton webbing from the UK). It was through Terry that we found several subcontractors and material suppliers, and he’s been patient and helpful as we learn the ins and outs of managing a production schedule. Here are a few images from a recent visit, in which Terry – who sews all of our bags himself – constructs our Totes and Flap Musettes.
Operating fabric saw
Adding leather washers and brass snaps to flap musettes
Basting AC tag
Bias tape delivery
Swapping tape folder for walking foot
Lee westernwear shirt (captured, but not by me)
Big Mac work boots for JC Penney (released)
(New old stock) Sears vintage loafers (captured)
Rocsport lace-ups (released)
TropiCool seersucker trousers (released)
Insulated military trousers (released)
A few items found, purchased from or released back to Springfield, Oregon, thrift stores on January 2, 2009.
And a few submissions to the emerging inventory, Why Was it Made?: