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Shopping from the movies: The Shining (Kubrick 1980)

October 31st, 2013

I’m not a huge fan of  horror.  I prefer the first thirty minutes of a horror film before all the mayhem begins.  For example, my favorite scene in Psycho is when Marion Crane buys a used car.  It’s more pleasurable to follow Marion around shopping than seeing  her get slashed to pieces at the Bates Motel.   Against my better judgement, I revisited Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining this weekend.  However,  to my surprise, I found some  unexpected shopping opportunities that distracted me from the film’s signature gore.  Here are a few of my favorite outfits from the film.  I’m planning to remix my wardrobe this season to riff on The Shining.   I’m stocking up now on denim dungarees, cotton sweatshirts, henleys, plaid shirts, red parkas, kerchiefs and corduroy gauchos.
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Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.16.53 AMWool whipcord Forest Service garb

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Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.28.58 AMLee dungarees over a cotton sweatshirt and plaid shirt

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.29.11 AMI love this yellow jacket with embroidery detail.

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Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.45.38 AMPreparing for the final showdown – in corduroy, bib gauchos

Announcement: New Burgundy Shirts

October 28th, 2013

maroon henley
Just a quick word to announce our new selection of burgundy shirts. Super tough 7 ounce cotton jersey, cover stitched collar and sleeve seams, double-needle sewn hems, and chain stitched neck tape. Our Henley even has rugby-style rubber buttons and a twill tape locker loop – a perfect layer for the cool months a-coming! Check ’em out in Men’s Henley, Women’s, and Men’s.
maroon women's SS tee maroon men's pocket tee

Limited run: Waxed Cotton Crescent Down Works Vests

October 21st, 2013

Wax vests on body navy-6
Our super popular vests from last year have returned. We’re so proud to be offering these superlative layers, built in Seattle by our pals at Crescent Down Works. This is a remarkably well made and delightful garment, sure to be a friend and ally for many years and adventures to come. Available now in our webstore, in extremely limited quantities, in either navy or olive.
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Features include:
– Waxed cotton/nylon shell for excellent durability and water resistance
– Worsted wool knit collar, custom knit for us by Centralia Knitting Mills
– A brass, US-made two way zipper.
– Japanese brass snaps reinforced with Horween leather washers, just like on our bags.
– Light weight red nylon lining for easy layering
– Two outside handwarmer pockets
– Single inside chest pocket
– Elasticized section in bottom hem keeps out drafts
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Shopping from Flickr: Old Man Travels

October 18th, 2013


While we absolutely loathe the wretched new Flickr interface, it’s still a good place to shop from the past. While cruising some old backpack tags, I found the Old Man Travels photostream. This gent has posted photos from a lifetime of adventure, and they’re well worth browsing. With his permission, here are a few choice excerpts.1260233400_951cf5356b_o2564307009_ebdcf26a6b_o 2572432555_2d69075ca0_o 3166729725_71b30ebfa1_o 3171724468_cf8431ec48_o 3346647533_d54d9974e7_b 4110107947_6762257b46_o 4110109107_1948c0ef25_o

Announcement: Pre-Order the Hoodie

October 16th, 2013


We’re pleased to announce a fine new Archival Hoodie made of a stout 8-9 oz cotton loop-back French Terry. Features a raglan cut for comfort and a double layer hood for extra warmth. We are confident that this is an ideal layer for year-round use. Double-cover stitching along the sleeves and body creates an extremely comfortable and durable seam which lies flat to the garment. The drawcord is made by Benjo’s Laces.  Fit is on the slim side of regular. Made in Oregon by a great manufacturing partner who has been making sturdy cotton garments since 1921. Available now for pre-order, at 20% off. ChaseChasecap-2 Hoodie-2

Archival Avaiators

October 16th, 2013

I like to check in on the SDASM archives to update my collection of vintage aviators.  I’m in love with the dress casual ensembles sported by both lady and gent pilots  from the 1930s  My new favorite photos include some terrific snaps of folks in their bathers enjoying a picnic by aeroplane.











Archival Field Trip – Filson Factory Tour

October 9th, 2013

I’ve been a brand fan of CC Filson since I was a teen.  Over the past few years, I’ve republished favorite Filson catalogs on the Archival blog.  My own clothing archives includes a number of Filson twill bags,  wool vests, vintage Cruisers  and key selections from the  women’s line. While the past decade has produced some corporate headscratchers (overseas manufacturing and the  Passage Line), I still consider Filson one of the best American brands.  What I admire most about Filson is its manufacturing ethos: make the best product from the best available materials and back it up with a lifetime warranty.  It’s hard to  identify a better role model for Archival than CC Filson.
On a recent trip to Seattle, I scheduled a tour of the new Seattle building which includes a production facility entirely to dedicated to luggage. I’ve been hearing from Filson reps and friends that Filson is changing as a company. Filson is trying to bring all of their manufacturing back to the US, updating their collection for women (Fall 2014), introducing a line of bike luggage and revising their dated fit system. Here are some of my notes and snaps from the tour.

Filson is now collaborating with Detroit based Shinola on panniers and a front handlebar basket bag. Cyclists should be thrilled to have their own line of twill luggage.

New Filson wax vests and jackets in an updated fit.   I love the integration of more traditional hunting jacket features like the front loading game pocket.  Sadly, Filson has no immediate plans to release these  styles in sizes for women.


Evidence – Filson garment tags on vintage Cruiser jackets



From the archives – vintage Filson wool pants, hunting vest and a Mackinaw Cruiser in scarlet


Patched and refurbished Filson luggage en route to the new flagship store in London.  Everything old is new again

One of my favorite new luggage styles – the Large Twill Carry-On


Roller luggage awaiting repair

Seattle factory worker smock (I want one!)




I was amazed by the complexity of the piece work in the factory.  Bags were assembled over many different work stations.  I love seeing all the stacks of bag bits.

Recipe for a bag – hardware, thread and fabric samples are kept on the Filson factory floor for reference

Filson bag library (reference bags for every model in production at the Filson Seattle factory)

Our stylish, delightful tour guides -Jack and Amy

Shopping from the Yukon

October 9th, 2013’ve always loved Filson’s clothing and its origin story. But what was the Yukon really like when old CC set up shop to equip the prospectors headed north? From the fantastic Design Observer blog comes a collection of  photographs from an album recently sold at auction. I’m shopping from the sturdy pullover shirts, the stout jackets, and the wide-brimmed hats, although unless I’m actually prospecting I doubt such a lid would see much wear.