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Archival Knitwear Update

July 28th, 2011

We’re assembling our knitwear order for the Fall. We will be restocking our pure new wool, shawl collar cardigans. As we have reported before, these cardigans are made for us by Centralia Knitting Mills on circular knitting machines from the 1930s. The sweaters, based on historical patterns, feature updated fits, unique finish details and our signature multiweave colorways.

If you would like to reserve a sweater, you may pre-order now via the Archival web shop.

In the Fall, Archival will also be introducing a new cardigan in a snappy, candy stripe knit, gray with black. The cardigan is made from a slightly lighter weight, 3 ply wool which makes it more suitable for indoor/outdoor wear. Pre-order here.

Candy stripe cardigan

Archival is also considering two additional styles for later November delivery–the cardigan in a lighter gray candy stripe:

and my (Lesli’s) favorite, a traditional shooting sweater:

For our shooting sweater, we have specified melton wool rather than leather pocketing, a brass two-way zip and our unique olive multi-weave (a mix of olive, gray, brown and white yarns).

If you’re interested in pre-ordering any of these styles, please email us at

Archival Update: Rising Sun Outdoor Vest

July 27th, 2011

We’re excited to offer a limited run of one of our favorite Archival finds, the Rising Sun & Co. Outdoor Vest. Made from stout, indigo dyed canvas duck (loomed by Cone Denim), the Outdoor Vest takes its inspiration from traditional hunting and fishing vests.

Heritage inspiration

This best quality, handcrafted garment comes with front patch pockets, a small chest pocket, an inside chest pocket, and an internal “poachers” pocket. Rising Sun & Co., located in Pasadena, California, sews their garments on site — using their prized, single needle, black head Singer sewing machine. Rising Sun has posted some short videos showing the vests being sewn.

Single needle construction

Contrasting cotton lining and breast pocket
Front loading poacher’s pocket

Large patch pockets

Selvage detail on back cinch

Vest ensemble

Archival Night Ride

July 24th, 2011

As prep for the night start of Paris-Brest-Paris, a small group of Oregon Randonneurs decided to do an all-night 200k on Friday. Friends Susan, Theo, Marcello, Bill and I headed out from Hillsboro, Oregon at 9 p.m. for a sub 24 hour brevet. Our route would take us out to Dallas, Oregon (about 65 miles away) and back again in under 9 hours and 55 minutes. After a few hours in the dark, my brain starts rattling around like a ball bearing in a spray paint can. I take photos to keep myself awake and as evidence of my participation. Here a few snaps:

Gearing up

9 p.m. Last bit of light

Temperature dropping. Adding layers

Theo, bravely bare knee’d

Most Oregon towns seem to go to bed by eleven

Refueling in Dallas, Oregon. Around 2 a.m.

Ahearne custom

Miyata 1000

Heading back to Hillsboro

Another pause in Dayton, Oregon. 4 a.m. ish

Mist + dawn

7-11 finish. 9 hours 55 minutes later. Theo says we looked like hobos

Bill arrives

Breakfast reward

Archival Migration

July 22nd, 2011

The Archival Clothing blog was started in 2006 as a place to document our longing for bags, clothing and wares that were no longer available (or may never have existed). In 2009, we brought (the first of) our dreams into reality and began manufacturing musettes and rucksacks. Last week, we moved into commercial space in Eugene, Oregon. Now we have a design workshop and a place to stage our growing inventory. Here are a few snaps by friend and photographer Rick Gersbach who dropped by last weekend.

Archival scribbler

Sewing up a sample on our vintage Consew

Operating theater

Cycle Safety: La Code du Route

July 20th, 2011

The diligent PilllPat has scanned yet another incredible set of documents. This time it’s a guide to safe cycling, and its suggestions still hold true, although it was written before the era of helmets.

We’ve posted on safe cycling before. You can never be too careful!

Shopping from the present: Dickies 1922 Work Shirts

July 18th, 2011

Workshirt excellence

You might have seen our review of the Dickies 1922 trousers, and we’re happy to have gotten a few of the Dickies 1922 shirts to review. Like the trousers, these shirts are beautifully detailed and made from excellent fabrics. The fit is more approachable than the original trousers, too – high armholes and a regular body make for a comfortable shirt that’s not too baggy.

The coming-soon painter’s white shirt is much lighter than the heavy Cramerton twill used in the original shirts and trousers – a nice option for summer months.
The Cramerton twill shirts are currently available in a rigid finish (left), but will soon be offered in a rinsed finish, too (right).
Suggested trouser pairing.

Meticulous detailing and impeccable construction.
Now I’m still hoping to review the upcoming Dickies 1922 Slim Straight trouser – hopefully it’ll be the answer to my prayers for a simple, bombproof, slim-fitting pair of chinos made in the USA. Fingers crossed! Until then, I’ll be wearing these rugged shirts through the cool Oregon summer.

Archival Field Trip: PDX July 2011

July 18th, 2011
On Friday, the AC team headed up to Portland for meetings with vendors and stockists. Most of the morning was spent at Columbiaknit where we reviewed a new garment prototype and collected fabric swatches for our reference library. After lunch at Tasty & Sons with Patrick Long, we checked in with a few more shops including Woodlands Supply Co. , Lizard Lounge and Tanner Goods. Some travel snaps below.

Thunderbird label for Japan

Jersey knitting machine

Collecting swatch samples

Sifting the deadstock archives for future scarf and rugby fabrics

Nickie sewing a garment sample

Lunch at Tasty & Sons with Patrick Long (Chester Wallace)

In transit with AC canvas duck rucksack

Cold Splinters Campfire Shorts

AC Field Bags and Rucksacks at Lizard Lounge

Danner Stumptown boot

Archival Jackets: FWK Engineered Garments Bedford (in linen)

July 14th, 2011

The FWK Engineered Garments Bedford is one of my (Lesli’s) favorite jackets. While the fabric changes each season, the cut, detail and fit remain the same. It’s July and I’m wearing a Bedford in slub linen. But I’m already looking forward to the corduroy version which will be available in August. As we’ve noted before, the Bedford brings to mind the Archival Clothing party doctrine that any garment in a line should be available in any fabric. Here’s the Bedford in linen:

Simple patch pocketing

Unstructured form

Scaled to fit women, the Bedford duplicates the styling of the gent’s version

Civilizing detail: spare buttons in two sizes

ST modeling a size 2 FWK Engineered Garments Bedford

EG’s own proposed summer ensemble for the Bedford

Here are my favorite stockists for the FWK Engineered Garments line: Boutique U & I (Montreal), Jack Straw (Seattle), Bows + Arrows and Envoy of Belfast (Ireland).

Archival News: Canvas Duck Rucksacks

July 11th, 2011

While we do love our waxed cotton twill, we’re introducing an unwaxed version of our Archival Rucksack as a more affordable alternative. These rucksacks are made of a sturdy 18 ounce #8 cotton duck, made in the USA. Aside from the material change, these are identical to our classic Rucksack and are made in our Springfield, Oregon workshop.

The new Archival Canvas Duck Rucksacks are available through On Y Va (Zurich), The Tannery (Boston), Goose Barnacle (Brooklyn) and the AC web shop.