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Archive for May, 2014

Archival Field Trip – Winn Perry (revisited)

May 28th, 2014

To my delight, Jordan Sayler has reopened Winn Perry, his sharply curated menswear shop in Portland. This weekend I caught up with Jordan and took some snaps of his new space. Archival has a special relationship with Jordan as he was our first brick and mortar stockist.  I loved visiting visiting Jordan’s original shop in the historic Ford building in SE Portland.  Here is where I first learned about emerging heritage brands like SNS Herning, Wings + Horns, Our Legacy and Billykirk and others.  And like other Alden pilgrims, I would stop to admire Jordan’s latest Alden SMUs (the best in the biz imho).  I’m still carrying a torch for his Alden Workman’s Oxford.  Jordan is carrying Aldens again in his new shop  along with best quality menswear basics including Apolis trousers, Individualized shirts, Vetra work jackets, LVC Levi’s 501s and a special line of beautiful, English bridle leather belts.   The shop also has on offer a variety of pocket carries, shoe care kits, reading material and grooming supplies (a blind spot in my optic).  My own purchases for the day included a pair of made in Germany socks and a made in UK, Abbeyhorn key fob.
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Jordan in his new space (with clocks and audio for company)

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Showroom mix of Apolis, Alden and Archival

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A handsome lineup of Vetra French work jackets and Individualized shirting

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What I love about Jordan’s shop is that it mixes more familiar brands with surprise offerings from regional designers or manufacturing partners.  Case and point are these scarves and caps by Portland based art duo, Made on the Moon.  Per Jordan, “[t]he designer here in Portland illustrated the pattern and worked with a craftsman in India to make a wood block print. The craftsman then carved the illustration into a wood block and prints the pattern on the fabrics by hand. The scarves are cut and sewn in India. For the caps the fabric was brought back to the States and cut and sewn into cap form in the USA.”

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Shaving Supplies

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New Release – Archival Leather Tray

May 23rd, 2014

Our Archival Leather Tray is handmade for us by exemplary craftsman, Nicholas Hollows of Hollows Leather.  The tray is ideal for stashing all your daily pocket carries.  It also works perfectly as a game piece catcher on your kitchen table. We’re using ours right now to keep track of Yahtzee dice.  Cut from belt weight leather and twice-riveted on each corner with solid brass hardware.  Here is the perfect gift for grads or pops or pals.  It also makes a great GIF.  For more info visit the Archival Web Shop.Hollows Tray Brown crop2   Hollows Tray Brown crop

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New Release – Archival Rugby Stripe Sweatshirt

May 19th, 2014

We’re pleased to offer our popular Archival Sweatshirt in a special edition Navy & Natural Rugby Stripe that is both stunning and versatile. Made from a 10.5 oz cotton fabric milled here in the USA that comes pre-washed for a soft handle (expect minimal shrinkage). Like all Archival Sweatshirts, this one comes with a signature rib V insert at the neck for extra comfort and mobility. This sweatshirt is a great layering piece for all seasons. Fit is on the slim side of regular. Made in Oregon by a great partner who has been making sturdy cotton garments since 1921.  For more information or to place an order, visit our Archival Web Shop.

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Archival Details – Benjo’s for Archival

May 15th, 2014

At Archival we spend a lot of time contemplating the fine details of our products.  Everything we source for a product (from leather to webbing to hardware) is evaluated for quality, beauty, durability and historical accuracy. Case and point is our use of a custom Benjo’s cotton drawcords for our Archival Hoodie.   When we couldn’t find a cotton drawcord that met our specifications we reached out to Benjo’s to see if they could make one for us.   Benjos obliged and produced a beautiful, bone colored cotton braid  exclusively for Archival.  We are thankful to have terrific American based manufacturing partners like Benjo’s to help us source these invisible but crucial elements of our products.

Benjo’s laces featured in our Archival Hoodie

Archival Camp Ensemble

May 9th, 2014

Here’s my idea of the perfect summer camp ensemble. All the items are made for women but could easily be sourced in a gent’s version:

Clockwise from top: Eastland Yarmouth Camp Moc, Tradlands Vacationland Shirt, Tourjours Linen Chambray Shorts, Freeman Rain Jacket.

Add a few Archival accessories for the perfect camp kit  –  Cotton Bucket Hat and Archival Shoulder Tote:


Archival x Heritage Pop Up

May 5th, 2014


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Archival Clothing will be making a local appearance at Heritage Dry Goods on Friday May 16 from 3 to 7 pm in our hometown of Eugene, Oregon. If you are a local fan, drop by and say hello. We’ll be showcasing our Spring releases and raffling off one of our new waxed twill Shoulder Tote to a lucky customer.  We will also be serving a special beverages provided by two of our favorite downtown businesses, The Barn Light and Party Downtown.

This is a great opportunity to support local business, test out our bags in person and let us know what you would like us to make next. Come by for a free zip pouch (while supplies last) and a 10% discount on all purchases during the event. If there’s something you have been dying to try, email us at and we will bring one by on the day of the event. Mark your calendar – it’s only two weeks away!

Shopping from the UK – Carrier Company

May 2nd, 2014

I just stumbled across Carrier Company, a terrific looking heritage clothing manufacturer out of the UK. Like their more famous, Norfolk counterparts, Old Town Clothing, Carrier Company manufacturers high quality, 100% cotton  jackets, vests and smocks that take their design cues from the past but have been updated with a slightly more modern fit.  Browse the Carrier site for a range of rural garb sized for both for men and women.  Here are a few of my favorite models:
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