I’ve been on an ebay shopping spree for Montgomery Ward catalogs (the Archival bible). I’ve secured a few new Fall editions from the 1940s which I’ll be reprinting here–in bits–in the next few months. Copies of the 1930s catalogs are more tricky to source. Inspired by Spokesniffer and Reference Library, I’m capturing auction images as placeholders for items I did not buy. Here are a few frame grabs from vintage catalogs from the 1930s that were beyond my “buy it now” pricepoint. If I could make it so, these would all Archival offerings for Fall 2011. Smitty “Whata Sweater” would be announced as our new Archival mascot.
Archive for September, 2011
In honor of the World Cup, I’m reposting selections from Frederick Humbert’s awesome collection of historical rugby print ephemera. Humbert’s flickr catalog and blog, Rugby-Pioneers, include photographs, programs, cigarette cards, advertisements and even hand painted lantern slides of vintage rugby action. Even if you don’t follow rugby as a sport, study the photographs as a guide to looking stylish in a sports uniform (blazers and wool knits in lieu of track jackets and sweats).
Count the Olympic brand jump rope as another best quality product still being manufactured in Oregon. The plastic beaded Olympic rope was designed over 45 years ago by a coach who was looking for a durable sports product that could be used both indoors and outdoors. The Archival Web Shop is now offering this rope in five different sizes including a double dutch model.
Rope jumping is a nearly perfect exercise. It’s low impact, provides cardio training and enhances general strength and coordination. As one early health publication remarks, “[t]he jumping-ro
Here, Sara, wearing apron and clogs, gets in a little exercise while waiting for the grill to heat.
Some basic jump rope exercises from the Navy Seal Physical Fitness guide:
Instructions for producing your own rope from scratch:
John Boultbee Criterion jacket (via Brooks of England blog)
The Beretta Maremmana jacket (a traditional Italian hunting jacket) makes use of the same hands free shoulder strap design. The Maremmana, in moleskin or corduroy, would also make for a terrific cycling jacket in cooler weather.
The Criterion features an “action back” to facilitate free upper body movement. This feature can also be found on traditional field and waterfowling jackets like the Red Head or this Filson Upland jacket.
Unlike most heritage brands, Brooks has designed a version of the Criterion jacket for women. As far as a I can tell, the jacket mirrors the version for gents but is sized for women.
Another modern UK alternative for cyclists 0r cyclo-commuters is the unlined Hilltrek double ventile jacket. The jacket can be custom ordered in a single ventile layer for greater breathability. In general, I prefer light, unlined jackets for use on the bicycle.
If you cannot afford the Criterion (1000.00 €), we recommend the Carradice Duxbak waxed rain cape. For slow speed, upright cycling a rain cape provides terrific rain protection while permitting you to wear pretty much any outfit you like underneath.
I got the surreal chance to be in a New York Times photo shoot last spring in preparation for a feature in this fall’s Men’s Fashion T Magazine. We all felt pretty silly, but it was a blast to hang out with Peter from Best Made and Jeff from Cold Splinters. Also a treat to meet the other fellows, Hunter and Adrian. Cheers, all!
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.
We’re thrilled to announce one of our most striking rucksack collaborations-with Archival stockist, Jason McKenzie of the Wilderness Workshop. Jason’s rucksacks are made from a special 7.68 oz deadstock “tent drill” fabric that he salvaged from a venerable outdoor store in Boston. Jason speculates that the fabric is from 1950s or 60s. According to Jason, it “does not indicate anything about its origin of manufacture which means that it probably predates FTC rules about such things.” Like all our rucksacks, these are made in Springfield, Oregon to our original design specifications. The bags are available exclusively through the Wilderness Workshop.
For other shopping opportunities from the past and present, check out Jason’s tumblr page, Eggs & Wool