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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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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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Archival Finds – July Edition

Long ago, Hunting World used to sell canvas caps and hats manufactured by a traditional French hunting clothing company. I haven’t seen one on the market for many years so it was nice to find an Explora in very fine cotton gabardine show up on eBay last week.  I nabbed it for mid-summer  kayaking or hiking trips. The chin …

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Archival Outdoor Life

Summer is passing but it is not too late to bring your campsite and camp wear up to the standards of the Outdoor Life Cyclopedia (1943). Friend Dave Baker brought this amazing sporstman’s guide to our attention. It offers practical advice on everything from training gun dogs to field dressing elk. My favorite sections address …

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Archival in Berlin

   Our photographer, Grant Lemons, captured terrific night snaps of Lawrence Neil, a freelance writer, sporting our new merino wool Archival Zip Cardigan on the streets of Berlin. Grant, and Neil, are on a four city European Tour with the group The Night Shift. Archival Cardigans are now available in gray and olive in soft …

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Usage Scenario – Archival Tool Roll

We love tool rolls because they let you sort and store your tools in a convenient, easy to transfer package. Hardware stores sell tool rolls that are made from substandard materials in sizes that often don’t work for smaller scale implements like drafting pencils, needle nosed pliers or multitools. When we created our Archival Tool …

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Archival Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day gifts should prove useful year round – not just in late June. Here is our guide to simple gifts for dad that are handsome, practical and free of complications.  Until June 21, we are offering a 15% discount on all purchases from the Archival Web Shop. Use the discount code to buy something …

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Archival Commuter

  We hike and bike with our Archival bags. Now, LA photographer and skater, Raymond Molinar, makes us want to take up skateboarding. Molinar snapped our Archival Rolltop at rest and in motion in Echo Park on the natty and bookish Taylor Caruso.

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