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Archival Resolutions 2013

December 31st, 2012
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.

Archival Reissue – Alden Workman’s Oxford

December 26th, 2012

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
Beautiful red Dainite soles – via Leather Soul blog

From the Archives: ¡Something Festive!

December 23rd, 2012

¡Something Festive! is my all time favorite holiday LP. I bring it out right after Thanksgiving (along with Christmas on the Bandstand) and keep it on the turntable well into January.

I own multiples copies of SF for fear that it will be damaged or lost or permanently disappear from the second hand market (a consumer strategy I extend to bag and jacket acquisitions).

Here’s the playlist.

¡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).

Archival Dirigibles

December 21st, 2012
 Photograph of the nose of the USS Akron being attached
  Sailor at the Bow Mooring Post
 Emergency Control Station 
 Navigation Room 
 Crew Bunks
 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.

Archival Undergarments

December 19th, 2012
Best quality shirts and shorts from 1949

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.


Vintage inspired Choctaw Ridge box 
If you are still looking for last minute gifts for the holidays, the folks at Choctaw have forwarded along a coupon code for their heavyweight thermals and drawers.  Use code: ACCR15OFF

Wishful Shopping – Archival Edition

December 17th, 2012

1.  Archival x Hollows leather cuff – $45
2.  Juniper Ridge Bar Soap – $10.00
3.  Archival Dopp Kit – $60
4.  Archival Marled Knit Cap – $18.00
5.  Benjo’s Boot Laces – $9.00

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

Wishful Shopping – Analog Edition

December 14th, 2012

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.


From the Archives – Bruce Gordon Factory Tour

December 12th, 2012

Thanks to local bike mechanic, Louis (aka Luigi), for providing me with a print edition of the Bruce Gordon Cycles factory tour.  Conducted in Eugene, Oregon, the tour features Gordon’s revolutionary, all robot workforce.

Per the copy, take the factory tour by clicking the navigation button at the bottom of each page.

Restock – Chester Wallace Totes

December 10th, 2012

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.

Current colorways include natural/camo, evergreen/navy and gray/brow

Customize your CW tote with an extra strap

Visit the Archival Web Shop for more information