Archival Field Trip

LL on tour in Seattle ( June 2022)

It’s been a few years since I did full city tour with stops in shops, meals out, and trips to shows, games and movies. This past weekend, I launched a mini Archival Field Trip and headed up to Seattle, Washington for a quick getaway. Here are some snaps from my trip w/a heavy emphasis. on …

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Archival Field Trip From the archives

Crescent Down Works Revisited

It’s November so naturally I’m shopping for a new down vest. In the past few years, I’ve gotten sidetracked by Rocky Mountain Featherbed and Western Mountaineering. But this fall, I’m checking back in on an old friend, Crescent Down Works. If you recall, Archival did a collaboration with CDW back in the day using Swiss …

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Archival DIY: Reproofing Waxed Cotton (updated)

Martexin reproofing wax. Operating instructions on the can. Archival Clothing endorses waxed cotton because it’s a rugged, natural, water resistant fabric that requires only wax reproofing to maintain its finish. Waxed cotton users should know how to reprooof their jackets, hats, and bags. Both Filson and Barbour offer factory reproofing services but we recommend performing …

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Archival Field Trip Bicycling

Archival Field Trip: Cycles Grand Bois

It’s always fun to match a fave brand to its foreign, brick and mortar store. During my recent trip to Japan, I visited Cycles Grand Bois, a venerable bicycle company known for its elegant handlebars, polished bike parts, custom frames, and 650b tires. Thanks to a rando pal who knows how to navigate Google maps in …

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Musettes – but not from Archival

Archival originated as a company in search of the perfect musette. Like many businesses, we started making bags because we couldn’t find the ones that we wanted to buy. But now, musettes are everywhere. Here’s a tidy little example from the company that made my custom bicycle, Vanilla. I spotted these a month ago on …

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