1. Decide that quality matters and pay for it. In the end, it will save you time and money.
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.
Several years ago, friend Jordan Saylor of Winn Perry offered a limited, special make up of Alden Indy shoes in a Workman Oxford style. To this day I regret not placing an order. I love Alden Indy boots but I prefer the low cut style and double water loc sole used for Jordan’s special make ups.
For the record, Archival customer Matt Bernier sent me some snaps of his Winn Perry sourced Alden Workman Oxfords – recently resoled with my favorite, Dainite rubber soles. Until another Alden stockist offers a pre-order for the Indy oxfords, I’ll wishfully shop from Matt’s photographs.
Not available for sale – Alden Workman’s Oxfords (via Winn Perry)
Matt’s Aldens – recently resoled with Dainite rubber soles by B. Nelson
¡Something Festive! features most of the top A & M recording artists of the day like Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass and Liza Minnelli (to the relief of some, The Carpenters are missing from this album).
If you spot a copy of ¡Something Festive! in the LP bins at Goodwill, buy it and add it to your archives. But first, examine it closely to make sure a scratch is not running through the album’s most brilliant track, B3, Claudine Longet’s grim rendition of Snow (sounding like an ancestral version of the theme song to Twin Peaks).
Photograph of the nose of the USS Akron being attached
Sailor at the Bow Mooring Post
Emergency Control Station
Catwalk on the USS Akron
USS Akron in the Goodyear-Zeppelin Dock
From the US National Archives, here are some photographs submitted to the 1933 Joint Congressional Committee to investigate dirigible disasters. According to the Archives, “the Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters was created to investigate the cause of the USS Akron disaster and the wrecks of other Army and Navy dirigibles and to determine responsibility.” Seventy plus years later, these images no longer read as evidence from a disaster report, but rather, lovely snaps of a lost transportation and housing system. Not pictured – dirigible kitchens and close up views of air ship appliances and leisure time.
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.
Here a few last minute gift suggestions from the Archival web shop. If you’re local to Eugene (or Oregon), stop by our offices now through December 21st to make holiday purchase and see samples, prototypes, samples and other goods not listed on our site. To set up an appointment – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some analog items that I wish I were buying as gifts (or, in a true Christmas miracle, unwrapping myself). Since many of these artifacts are out of production or difficult to source, I recommend that you print out the images below and create your own wishful tree ornaments.
Our friend Patrick Long designed his Chester Wallace tote with all the features of a great bag: a six-pack fits in the bottom, you can carry it with the removable shoulder strap or by the tote handles, and there are enough pockets of all sizes to keep everyone happy.
Our current, custom Chester Wallace Tote offerings come in two fabrics: dry finish cotton duck and waxed cotton canvas. Quality materials ensure that your bag is bound to last a lifetime. Features include a waterproof bottom, nylon webbing, and nickel hardware.