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Archival Field Trip: Cycles Grand Bois

February 25th, 2018

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 Japanese, we found GB in a suburb of Kyoto. Trading shoes for slippers, we explored the main shop area and talked to the manager. The showroom space is cramped, with bikes packed in tight bunches on the main floor and auxiliary frames stacked in window display pyramids or hung from the rafters. I’m including a few snaps from my visit. Follow Grand Bois on Instagram for a more immersive view of the shop.

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Vintage basket bike updated with a motor

Shop bikes stashed outside

Custom bike bell

 

Camping in the old style

June 5th, 2017

Bored by #vanlife? Want an outdoor adventure that doesn’t require Instagram documentation? Love the period costume parade of L’Eroica but don’t own a bicycle? Go to your local bookstore and buy a copy of David Wescott’s book, Camping in the Old Style. Wescott will teach you the basic skills needed for setting up a camp in the “old style” (minus the aid of modern tech, synthetic fabrics, fancy fuels, cellphone connectivity, and global positioning). You will learn how to pitch a tent, build a campfire, organize a camp kitchen, preserve foods, and handle an ax (among other tools). For period specific outfits, and general sartorial tips for camp. I recommend browsing either one or both of these vintage photo albums:  Camping Album (1937) and Sawtooth Mountain Pack Trip  (1947).

Archival in Tokyo

April 2nd, 2015

Pop Up Portland

We’re thrilled to announce that Archival will be participating in Pop Up PDX in Tokyo sponsored by the Portland Development Commission on April 20-24.  Archival will be one of eight brands exhibiting in Tokyo as part of a larger trade mission to promote business between the two cities.  If you live or are visiting Tokyo, drop by and visit the Archival booth at the lovely Macch Ecute venue.  If you are a Japanese distributor or store interested in working with a Archival, email info@archivalclothing.com to set up an appointment.

Archival review – Inspiration Vol 5.

February 22nd, 2015

In case you were not able to drop by the Archival booth at Inspiration LA, here are some snap views from the show.  One of the best parts of Inspiration was catching up with old friends and finally meeting longtime collaborators and brand fans. Take a look..
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Rogue Territory and General Quarters Crew

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Preston from General Quarters

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Lauren and Tomo – friends from NorthernGrade Chicago

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Lynn and Raymond Molinar – one of our favorite photogs

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Exemplary craftsman – Angel from A Leather Studio
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Lynn and Mr. Heller’s Cafe

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Inspiration impressario – Rin Tanaka

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The gents from Men’s File

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Chris Kostman (AdventureCORPS) and his vintage, buckskin jacket

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Tyler (SelfEdge PDX) and Roy (of Roy Denim)

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Howard Gee (AB FITS)

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Nicole keeping an eye on the AC space while we wander…

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Minding the Roy denim hemming studio

Archival Field Trip – Freeman (Seattle)

October 3rd, 2014

In 2012, we reviewed the Freeman Jacket, an impressive, made in Seattle, rain jacket sized for ladies and gents.   Freeman is the perfect alternative for folks seeking a well styled, classic jacket made from more technical fabrics.  Freeman now sells a range of  jackets and appearel in a new brick and mortar shop located on the west side of Capital Hill in Seattle.  We’re pleased to say that Freeman now sells a few of our favorite AC bags including the Archival Rolltop, the Flap Musette and  Dopp Kit. I stopped by on Friday to say hello and take a few snaps.
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Modern shopkeeps

Rolltop Freeman Bote

Archival Rolltop in cinnamon canvas duck plus Freeman waterbottles by Liberty

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Freeman branded cap

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Classic range of Freeman jackets

Freeman shirting

Pointer Brand Chore Coat and Freeman Shirting

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Of of my favorite Freeman offerings – the Freeman/Tellason Denim Vest

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Teranishi Wallets

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Denim offerings – Tellason and Left Field

Freeman sign

 

Flap Musettes and dopps

Dopps and Flap Musettes

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Brittany in the backroom

New England Footwear

New England Outerwear Company

Rolltop Windo

AC Window Dressing

Archival Field Trip – NYC

January 27th, 2014

Last week, the full Archival team converged in NYC for (capsule). Despite arctic conditions, we had a great time showing our bags, scouting new brands and checking in with old friends. Here are a few snaps from the show. If you missed us in NYC, we’ll be exhibiting at (capsule) Las Vegas in two weeks.
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Japanese buyer in LL Bean vintage camo jacket

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Bob aka Cork Grips

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Back in business – Jordan Sayler (Winn Perry)

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The gents from Arpenteur

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Snow Peak rep in FWK Engineered Garments

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Brad aka Well Spent  wearing his staple Stark cardigan

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SE Sherrick leather tote (sported by photographer Mikael Kennedy)

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Manastash

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Neil modeling one of his North Sea Clothing cardigans

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Vintage Barbour in the North Sea booth

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Yuketen

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Rancourt

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Standard & Strange

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Context Clothing

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First generation Archival Tote