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Archive for July, 2013

Shopping from 1982: LL Bean

July 15th, 2013

On the subject of heritage garb for women, here is what was available from LL Bean in 1982. What I love about this era of LL Bean is how many items are offered in unisex sizes and colors (seriously…when was the last time you saw a contemporary catalog listing the exact same item, in the same colorway, “for men and women?”).  While some of the clothing items are on the blandly prep side, I would immediately mail order the madras shirt, Chouinard shorts, tassel mocs and the anorak.  For a view of the full catalog reprint, see the venerable Heavy Tweed Jacket.

Archival Garb for Women

July 12th, 2013

It was great to see this article in the New York Times about the emerging trend of tailored, masculine clothing for women.  I’ve been championing the production of heritage style menswear sized for women since the earliest days of the Archival blog.  Of course, Japan, per usual, is ahead of the curve in this area.  Beams Boys regularly features snaps of of female customers sporting menswear inspired ensembles.  Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the Beams flickr feed:


Archival Hop Harvest

July 11th, 2013

Here’s an exemplary snap of summer work togs from the OSU Archives flickr set, Hop On, Brewing and Beer.  The caption of the image is Coeds with Hoes.  I’m going to shop from this photo for my upcoming trip the UK.  Look for me in London wearing slant stripes, head kerchiefs, rolled trousers and hop covered loafers.  Unsure whether TSA will permit hoe portage past Eugene security.

Shopping from 1945: LL Bean Shopping Bags

July 9th, 2013
Archival is working on a design for a collapsible tote for light marketing.  We take our inspiration from bags like these plainly named, Bean shopping bags circa1945.  We love the idea of stowing bags within bags (in anticipation of  impromptu portage).  Although we cannot promise that our bag will fold neatly into a women’s handbag, it will be compact enough to stash in our standard Archival Rucksack.

Archival Alley Snaps

July 5th, 2013

Before our Archival intern, Lauren, moved to the bay area, we took a few impromptu snaps of our bags in the alley behind Archival headquarters. We’ve been shooting so many products indoors, under softbox strobes, it was a relief to snap the bags in direct sunlight.  Here are a few outtakes from our shoot.  And introducing Val and Chase as our latest summer interns (and master bag wranglers).

Shopping from the past – Beautlieu Super 2008s

July 2nd, 2013
Although I love shopping from the past I feel burdened by my current archives.  I’m tortured in that I feel like it is my responsibility to carry every analog sound record, sentimental photogrph, vintage bag or obsolete technology into the future.  Most of my belongings only have sentimental,and visual, value.  I’m starting to practice a form of catch and release whereby I document the artifact and than rehome it to a thrift or ebay
  One of my current possessions is a beautiful, non functional, Beaulieu 2008s Super 8 camera.  The camera battery went kaput over a decade or more.  But I still keep the camera around because it is a work of art.  Inspired by A Restless Transplant, I’m trying to downsize my collection.  I just wish there was a rescue program available where beloved film cameras, unplayed LPs, and print post cards from East Berlin could be rehomed.
 save and schlep even tiniest scrap of paper into the future.