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New A/W releases: Bshop inc.

October 14th, 2019

In 2019, it’s hard for me to get excited about fall product releases. So many of my favorite heritage brands (and shops) have either disappeared or morphed beyond recognition (releasing so may products, collaborations and must-haves that it is nearly impossible to locate items from their core lines)(suddenly: brass match holders and Bison hair drink cozies).

Perhaps the only place where I still eagerly shop for seasonal releases is Japan. Specifically, I check in with B-shop, a web/brick and mortar store specializing in simple, classic, well made clothing and housewares from Europe and the UK. Each fall, I point my web browser to Bshop online, anticipating the exciement of seeing new collaborations, updated product lines, brand mixes and refreshed lookbooks. Sometimes, a seasonal tweak comes in the subtlest of forms: buttons are replaced with snaps, cotton is swapped out for black watch wool or canvas duck transforms into patent leather.

Bshop also wins my heart for offering almost all of their garb in unisex sizes. They also host curated offerings from Labour and Wait.

Here are a few of my fave A/W 19 offerings:

Brady Brady 130th Anniversary Ariel Trout
Vetra

Catch and Release: Beams Boy Hunting Jacket

September 29th, 2019

I spend a lot of time on ebay sleuthing pint sized sizes garments from Japan and Europe. Here’s a jacket from Beams Boy that I’m catching and releasing. It’s a style that frequently appears in the Beams mix in a range of fabrics (primarily poplin and cotton duck). I’m a sucker for the doll-sized hunting-esque jacket look, but I’m not a huge fan of the back belt or plastic buttons (miming the fancy fawn-embossed brass types you see on tyrolean wool tunics).

As you may know, I’m a petite woman. It’s nearly impossible for me to find the type of vintage and outdoor clothing that I love (hunting-inspired garb, waxed cotton jackets, french knitwear, etc.) in sizes that fit. And my Kondo-mission at the moment is to only only buy clothing that I would wear on a weekly basis (or I must release back into the ether). So I’m clicking like on this jacket, posting some visual evidence for future reference, and letting go. If you read this post in the next few days, it’s yours!

New Cycling knickers from Grand Bois

September 17th, 2019

I have a thing for cycling breeches and plus fours (aka knickers). When UK outdoor custom clothier Hebden Cord closed shop, I bought up ten pairs of breeks in assorted fabrics (cord, tweed, ventile) on eBay.

True confession: I admire these garments more than I like to wear them. In practice, on my bike, I prefer the more tech-fabric-y versions sold by Rene Herse. These work brilliantly as a light, wind-blocking layer over my (less scenic) cycling shorts during winter months (and during bike check at Paris-Brest-Paris).

I just spotted these CCP knickers on the Grand Bois site. I want these but I’m not sure if these will fall into the category of loved-but-not-worn or super functional, more trad looking versions of the Herse knickers. Thoughts?

Paris-Brest-Paris 2019

August 14th, 2019

I will be offline for a few weeks while I’m away participating in Paris-Brest-Paris for the second time. And randomly, NPR included a sound bite of me during a random report onthe sport of randonneuring.

Evidence of a getaway….

If you are curious about randonnering, a form of ultra distance cycling w/roots in France, here’s an NPR report on the history of the sport (w/a soundbite at the end by me). I’ll post a gallery when I get back, emphasizing custom bikes, canvas bike bags, roadside eats and wool jerseys.

On the bridge in Brest in 2011
On the bridge in Brest in 2011 with Willy Nevin. We both rode custom Vanillas.
Taking delivery of my PBP rig from builder Corey Thompson. I’ll be riding this bike in 2019.
Spoiler alert: I completed PBP 2019 in 88 hours and 50 minutes!
Lesli Larson riding Paris-Brest-Paris
A few notes on my ride over on the Bicycle Quarterly blog

Handy Bag Pop-Up Report

August 11th, 2019

Thanks to everyone who showed up for our Handy Zip Musette release at The Barnlight in Eugene, Oregon. We’re now sold out of our first production run of bags. A tote is in the works for our next release. Follow our progress on Instagram and contact me to be added to the Handy mailing list.

Handy offerings at the Barnlight
Barnlight owner, Thomas Petit-Czar, and product tester, David
Shiboski and Hollows
Fave makers meeting for the first time (Alison Shiboski and Nicholas Hollows)
David and Lesli at the Barnlight
David and one half of Handy (LL)
Vintage canvas bag and modern Handy bag
Old is new again
Photo of customer's Handy Bag
Send us your bag snaps!

Handy Zip Musettes Now Available

July 14th, 2019

Ordering instructions for Handy bag

Hi friends,

Thank your patience and support of our new project, Handy Bag!

We’re happy to report that a very limited batch of 50 Handy Zip Musettes are now available to order. 

Zip Musette ingredients:

  • 18oz Cotton Canvas Duck
  • Deadstock US Army Cotton Web
  • Sturdy Nickel Hardware
  • Made in Oregon, USA
  • Price: $98.00 + shipping (free local pick up)

Sewn in Springfield, Oregon, the Handy Zip Musette is a simple, sturdy shoulder bag made from heavy duty canvas duck. Originally designed for cyclists, it works equally well for travelers, campers and commuters. 

Here’s what we have in stock:

  • Gray canvas duck w/olive web strap
  • Navy canvas duck w/olive web strap
  • Olive canvas duck w/olive web strap
  • Price: Price:  $98 + shipping (no international orders)

Ordering instructions:

  • Email thbonamici@gmail.com with your desired bag color & quantity.
  • Tom will send you order confirmation and a PayPal invoice

Note: the zippers on these bags are super heavy duty. In the first week of use, you will need to work them back and forth to ease use. They will improve with age. 

Thanks!,

Tom and LesliP.S. Tom and I are doing our best to estimate demand. However, this is our first batch of Handy bags and we may sell out early for a particular color. Once we sell out the first batch, we will assess demand and prep a new order.

Handy Bag is coming in July!

July 4th, 2019

Handy Bag will release its first cycling-type musette in July.

Our first Handy bag batch is in production at T & J Custom Sewing in Springfield, Oregon.

Our first model will be the Handy Musette, a simple, functional, cycling-type shoulder bag made from canvas duck, sturdy hardware and cotton webbing.

How do you buy a bag?

We will be holding a pop up show in Eugene, Oregon, at The Barnlight, on Friday, July 12. 

We will also send out an email notice w/online ordering instructions for those who are not located locally.

If you would like to order a bag or be notified when the bags are ready for sale, email me to be added to the mailing list (archivalblogger@gmail.com).

You can also follow us on my Archival Instagram account for more updates and production shots.

Terry Shuck sewing our first run of Handy Musettes

Follow us on my Archival Instagram account for more updates and production shots.

Announcing Handy Bag

April 4th, 2019

Since Archival closed, Tom and I have been meeting for pizza and plotting a new bag brand. We love bags and still think the world is missing a few models.

Our latest project is called Handy Bag (or Handy for short).

We’re keeping things simple, functional, affordable and durable.

In May, we will be releasing one bag, a zip top musette, in two colorways: olive and gray.

Our ingredient list will look familiar to Archival Clothing fans: canvas duck, metal hardware/rivets and zippers, and cotton webbing.

This time, we’re sourcing materials that are easier to buy in smaller quantities and lend themselves to repurposing across multiple models. Look for bags made of dry finish canvas duck in a narrower range of colors and metal hardware in nickel rather than brass.

As with Archival, Handy bags will be sewn in Springfield, Oregon, by a top quality shop that specializing in heavy duty product offerings for the bike industry (Terry Shuck, the owner, used to work for Burley design).

Where will you find Handy?

Tom and I kicked around the idea of managing everything by mail order ala Zo bags.

Zo Bike Messenger bags
Mail order inspiration: Zo Bag order form from the 1990s

Instead, we’re collecting emails and planning to send out an announcement once the first bags are ready for sale (most likely in early May). We will also keep followers updated on our assorted social channels.

For the time being, we are keeping everything small scale and fun. In the end, we’re making bags that our missing from our own collections. Reversing a popular U/X mantra: we are our end users (and very best customers).

We will also be hosting a pop up show in Eugene, Oregon, in May (details TBD).

Email me (archivalblogger@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Also, if you want to stay posted on our project, keep an eye on the Archival blog and follow us on Instagram @tombonamici @gridwax @archivalclothing


Tom selecting canvas duck for our first production run
Tom selecting canvas duck for our first production run



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Engineered Garments x Barbour

March 6th, 2019

What are your expectations for an iconic brand collaboration? In the case of Barbour x Engineered Garments, I’m looking for more of a Shackleton crackup, corduroy collar meets crazy pocketing. These jackets are a little subdued for my tastes, a too polite exchange of zippers, snaps & fabric.

ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket

ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Thompson Jacket
Arthur Waistcoat (Engineerd Garments x Barbour)
Arthur Waistcoat (Engineerd Garments x Barbour)
Arthur Waistcoat (Engineerd Garments x Barbour)
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Irving Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Irving Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
South Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
South Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
South Jacket
ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Unlined Graham Jacket

ENGINEERED GARMENTS X BARBOUR
Unlined Graham Jacket