Shopping From The Present

Archival Resolutions 2016


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.

4 thoughts on “Archival Resolutions 2016”

  1. This is a good list. I don’t do resolutions, but I do come back to read this from time to time.

  2. I subscribe to the same resolutions you’ve posted. And I’ve even purchased one of your roll-top bags because I believed in the quality I saw. Unfortunately the shoulder straps haven’t conformed to the quality standard that otherwise is evident in the bag. After only three years of use they’re fraying. I am selective with my purchases, do more with less, support local companies, and now am contacting the manufacturers to let them know what they should offer. Can you repair the shoulder straps? I think a quick and lasting fix would be to reinforce the straps with a leather veneer. Thanks for your help!

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