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Archive for November, 2006

Shopping From the Movies: The Queen’s "Doughty Field and Stream Style" Revisited

November 27th, 2006

Sunday night, during a screening of The Queen, I lamented not bringing along my camera for a little video catalogue piracy (not for self aggrandizing You-Tube uploads–mind you–but rather–to fill out my Archival Clothing imprint with shots of Helen Mirren in her Barbour/Hermes country clothing). Thanks to a recent NYTimes article, I can now put a name to the Fall fashion look which has me encouraging coworkers to sport brogues and/or wellingtons with knickered pants to work: “doughty field and stream style”. Here, I would note to my naysayers that I’m TOTALLY rejecting all of Mirren/The Queen’s indoor clothing ensembles(especially her sweater sets and that awful mohair/alpaca bed jacket). Side note: I did like the fact that The Queen had indoor/outdoor specific dog breeds (Black Labs for stalking the moors and Corgis for talky hallway walks)

In other waxed fabric news: tin cloth Mondays was overshadowed this week by a recent turn of events regarding my Barbour bucket hat. Last week, on this very day, I re-encountered my hat (not even knowing that it was lost) in a crosswalk five blocks from my house. As it were, the hat must have been been run over by twitchy eugene bike and car INTERSECTION traffic and exposed to rain for at least five days. In true prattling catalogue prose, I can report that the waxed cotton material survived the crunch. However, I’m also sad to report that the hat has shrunk down to a small child or chimp’s head size. Revival efforts and reports to come. Watch this space!

Renting From The Movies: A Star is Born (1954)

November 21st, 2006

If Norman Maine had never tracked down Esther Blodgett (and Esther Blodgett had never been rebadged as Vicki Lester), I’m sure Esther/Judy would have done just fine for herself singing jingles on the radio and decorating up her furnished single apartment at the Oleander Arms. I hybridize my version of the story peppering Esther’s apartment with interior design details from her more successful story world: white leather Barcelona chairs, zebra skin rugs and an indoor aviary. Esther maintains her weight by eating hearty sandwiches made for her by her elderly landlord, an Ann Miller look-alike.

Tin Cloth Mondays: 11/20/06

November 21st, 2006

In prep for a short work week (and inspired by a recent screening of the documentary American Hardcore), I kept things simple today with a collapsible, uninsulated, short billed Filson cap (noted here in its original three step origami fold). Since I spent most of the day in meetings I have no additional notes on the character-buidling properties of tin cloth (disclaimer: I did not actually wear this cap on my head today–it simply rode around with me, coin purse style, in my coat pocket). A related Filson workplace moment: three coworkers exited the library tonight sporting three different styles of Filson field bags (two in tan twill, one in olive). Wunderbar!

Future Purchase: Alden Surgical Boots

November 18th, 2006

Ever since a friend commented that my snappy lace-up ankle boots looked like a pair her father wore to correct for a clubfoot condition I’ve started to look into purchasing footware through medical/surgical supply markets. My first fashion find was a pair of surgical boots from Alden of New England. In lieu of the usual catalogue prose about winterproof suede and breathable sock liners, the Alden cataloge makes the following, straightforward performance promise: “For use in post-operative cases, fractures, arthritic or gout swelling, contracted feet, vascular edema, etc. Heavy outsole and insole give secure foundation for attachment of bracework.” Though I’m fearful that these boots might actually cause gout (or somesuch vintage toe smashing malady) I’m completely smitten with their vintage look: the down-to-the-toe lacing system and simple, charlie chaplinesque black leather hightop boot styling. A more sinister medical footware option is the optimistically named “ambulatory boot” or “amboot” which “eliminates chafing at the back of the patient’s leg in the prone position during night splint work or similar situations.”

Tin Cloth Mondays: 11/13/06

November 14th, 2006

As unpaid rep for CC Filson, I’ve done very well for “my company” this week.

My indirect sales report:

One Filson Shelter cloth waterfowl hat
One Filson small carry-on bag

Note: purchases were made by non-woodsy, bookish, urban folk supporting their local timber/logging supply store, Roberts (rumor has it that we might even be in line for a special Christmas eve party at Roberts–details to follow).

Until Filson introduces a new product line for women, I’m relying on tin cloth Mondays to reignite my excitement over the Filson family of waxed fabric brands.

Today, I sported my classic tin jacket w/wool facing collar (a discontinued garment, I think). Though I’d love to report on the rain deflecting properties of this garment–my own lapsed rewaxing regimen caused the shoulder seams to leak. Scheduling a special viewing of the five disc Criterion edition of Fanny and Alexander so I can motivate myself to rewax the whole coat (a complicated process involving a blow dryer, old rags, an ironing board and a tin of wax warmed in a double boiler on the stove).

Shopping From the Movies: The Queen

November 7th, 2006

Cribbed from a Barbour corporate website press release:

When ‘The Queen’ opened in New York recently, no-one could have imagined the dramatic effect it would have on the Barbour store in Manhattan. The film, which covers the days after Princess Diana’s death, has created great interest amongst Americans and the Barbour store has suddenly found themselves inundated with requests for the Barbour jacket worn by Helen Mirren who portrays the Queen in the movie.

“The first thing they say is “have you seen the movie The Queen?” said Maggie Archambault, manager of the Barbour by Peter Elliot store in Madison Avenue, Manhattan, “Then they say they want the jacket that the Queen is wearing.”

The jacket in question is the Beaufort jacket, one of Barbour’s classic signature wax jackets, made in South Shields and a long time favourite amongst people who live and work in the country. The film also features the quilted Liddesdale jacket popular amongst both fashionistas and the country set alike.

Claire Saunders, Head of Marketing said, “Barbour is a leading British brand renowned for producing high quality, stylish and practical clothing. The attention that has been generated, particularly in New York, around our Beaufort and Liddesdale jackets after they appeared in ‘The Queen’ has been phenomenal, and we are delighted that with this increased interest we have had the opportunity for more customers to experience just how good our clothing is.”


Footwear News: CC Filson

November 6th, 2006

Info for CC Filson fanbase only (others outclick now): Weinbrenner USA, the original, highly regarded vendor has discontinued manufacturing shoes for CC Filson (or did so earlier in the year). No word yet on whether Weinbrenner will introduce their own line of Filson inspired footwear (if so–women’s sizes, please!).

Current Filson contract is going to Cove Shoe Co., a serious looking outfit specializing in some pretty intense looking footwear for law enforcement, EMS and mining applications (w/enormous crossover fashion appeal–note: unusual rubberized “tigertip” on the men’s and women’s mining boots. Very kicky!). The company website locates Cove Shoe Co. in a “quaint” Pennsylvania town but two seconds with the company’s splash page suggests that it might actually be based in a more infernal locale (an unfair accusation, I should add, since the company’s “About” page indicates that Cove has been making high quality “private label and branded” footwear in the US for 60 years).

Not sure what any of this amounts to save for the fact that Filson should hire me to scoop corporate gossip and/or continue to contract out product development to the last few remaining companies manufacturing footwear/garments/accessories in the USA.