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Archive for November, 2013

Announcement – Fuse Denver Holiday Market

November 30th, 2013

Archival fans in the Denver, Colorado, area should come by our booth at the Fuse Denver Holiday Market. Archival co-founder, Lynn McInnes, will be on hand to show products and field questions about the brand. The holiday market itself features made in America arts, crafts, products and libations.  Fuse Denver takes place on December 1st from 11-5 at the Exdo Hall.  Come by and say hello!

Archival on Reddit AMA

November 27th, 2013

Last week, Archival Design Director  Tom Bonamici  participated in an open Q & A session with readers of Male Fashion Advice reddit. Tom responded to a rapid fire of list of questions about the Archival  product line, fit philosophy and company origins.   If you missed reddit session, you can read the transcript and add comments here.   Thanks to everyone who participated and feel free to send along follow up questions to




Shopping from the present – Archival Duffels in waxed twill

November 25th, 2013

For holiday travel may we recommend our made in the USA,  heavy duty, best quality waxed twill duffel?  Perfectly sized for carrying on trains , autos, airplanes, boats, etc.   The duffel’s bottom has a double layer of burly waxed twill to put you at ease even when setting your bag down in damp or gritty traveling conditions.   Here are some snaps of my duffel in transit at the Eugene, Oregon, Amtrak station.   Available in gray, ranger tan and black.  For more info, visit our Archival Web Shop.




Shopping from the past – Hebden Cycling Shorts

November 21st, 2013

Flickr pal Hudsonic sent me these snaps of some deadstock Hebden Cord cycling shorts. Later, I traded him a trail cap for the shorts themselves.  Longtime blog readers know that Hebden Cord is one of my favorite, defunct UK brands.  The company went out of business over a decade ago – on the same day I filled out my order form for a custom loden cloth anorak.  I’m still holding out hope that another cycling specific clothing company will bring back this style of dressy yet heavy duty cycling shorts.



Shopping from 1987 – Barbour catalog

November 20th, 2013

Thanks to Thornproof for providing me with access to this hard to find, 1987 Barbour catalog. Sharp eyed folks will note all the ways Barbour has tweaked and edited their line over the years. My two favorite models from this era are the Spey Wading Jacket and the Solway Zip – both discontinued. If you’re a Barbour Bedale fan, check out the earlier iteration with two flap pockets and no handwarmer pockets. If you were shopping from this catalog what would you buy?





















Release – Archival Rolltop Messenger Bag

November 18th, 2013

Intended as a sizable daily workhorse, our Roll Top Messenger takes design cues from our Roll Top and technical cycling bags, but is executed in our top-grade range of natural materials. Features pockets inside and out, a stout leather closure strap, solid brass hardware, and web-reinforced top hem for easy rolling. This is an ideal bag for the cyclist, motorcyclist, fisherman, or anyone else who needs a burly shoulder bag that’s extremely weather-resistant.
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Archival Field Trip – The Moulded Shoe (NYC)

November 7th, 2013

During my last visit to NYC  I took a much anticipated field trip to Moulded Shoe, a historic , family owned  shoe store in midtown.  I first read about Moulded Shoe in menswear forums discussing Modified Last Alden shoes and boots.  As it turns out, Moulded Shoe is one of only a handful of places in the world still selling hard to source, Modified Last Aldens (Anatomica in Paris is another ).  For curious parties, the Alden Modified Last is an older, orthopedic last that is designed to more closely follow the contours of the foot.  As someone with wide feet and a low arch, I love the fit of shoes made on the Modified Last.  Some have commented that the Modified Last gives shoes a slightly bulbous or clown like shape.  I for one prefer the extra degree of stylization that the modified last brings to shoes.  During my visit, I tried on some snappy  v-tip lace ups in Horween and black calfskin in the modified last.  Ultimately, what’s great about Moulded Shoe is that it is like going back in time (to childhood) to shop for shoes.   Super friendly clerks (the shop owners) measure your feet with a Brannock device and lace up the shoes for you.  While I was testing v-tip  fit on the ancient carpeting,  I took in the visuals of the shop.   Shoe boxes were piled in high towers to the ceiling..  Hand lettered signs communicated store policies and prices.  The shop was busy with customers from Japan as well as elderly ladies from the neighborhood dropping off repairs.  Thanks to the kind gents at Moulded Shoe for letting me take obsessive snaps during my visit.
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In a recent post on Japan only Aldens, I posted a number of photographs from a Japanese site that sells many special Alden make ups built on the Modified Last.