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Archival Storefront

February 16th, 2012

We often get emails about whether Archival has a retail store in Eugene, Oregon (our hometown). While we do have a commercial building in Eugene, it’s primarily used as a warehouse and shipping center. If you make an appointment (via, we’d be happy to show you our wares in person.

If we did have a flagship Archival store, it might look like this:

Archival for Wilderness Workshop Rucksack

September 14th, 2011

We’re thrilled to announce one of our most striking rucksack collaborations-with Archival stockist, Jason McKenzie of the Wilderness Workshop. Jason’s rucksacks are made from a special 7.68 oz deadstock “tent drill” fabric that he salvaged from a venerable outdoor store in Boston. Jason speculates that the fabric is from 1950s or 60s. According to Jason, it “does not indicate anything about its origin of manufacture which means that it probably predates FTC rules about such things.” Like all our rucksacks, these are made in Springfield, Oregon to our original design specifications. The bags are available exclusively through the Wilderness Workshop.

For other shopping opportunities from the past and present, check out Jason’s tumblr page, Eggs & Wool

Archival Pre-Order: Centralia Knitwear

August 12th, 2011

We’re taking pre-orders for our special issue Archival Shooting Sweater and Stripe Cardigan through August 14th. These sweaters will be made to order so if you want one, place your pre-order via the web shop by Sunday. Sweaters will be ready by the end of October. We will continue to stock the Archival Shawl Collar Cardigan in our signature multiweave and solids. If you wish to reserve a specific size, place a pre-order via the AC web shop.

Archival Shooting Sweater (made to order)

Archival Stripe Cardigan (made to order)

Archival Knitwear Update

July 28th, 2011

We’re assembling our knitwear order for the Fall. We will be restocking our pure new wool, shawl collar cardigans. As we have reported before, these cardigans are made for us by Centralia Knitting Mills on circular knitting machines from the 1930s. The sweaters, based on historical patterns, feature updated fits, unique finish details and our signature multiweave colorways.

If you would like to reserve a sweater, you may pre-order now via the Archival web shop.

In the Fall, Archival will also be introducing a new cardigan in a snappy, candy stripe knit, gray with black. The cardigan is made from a slightly lighter weight, 3 ply wool which makes it more suitable for indoor/outdoor wear. Pre-order here.

Candy stripe cardigan

Archival is also considering two additional styles for later November delivery–the cardigan in a lighter gray candy stripe:

and my (Lesli’s) favorite, a traditional shooting sweater:

For our shooting sweater, we have specified melton wool rather than leather pocketing, a brass two-way zip and our unique olive multi-weave (a mix of olive, gray, brown and white yarns).

If you’re interested in pre-ordering any of these styles, please email us at

Archival Update: A.C. Web Belts & Bracelets

February 9th, 2011

A few updates from the AC web shop. We’re now offering our military spec cotton webbing belt in navy. We’re also bringing back the red bartacking of our original khaki belt. Cotton webbing for both belts comes from the same UK narrow fabrics mill where we source the webbing for our bags. We’re also introducing a few cuffs for casual wear: a stainless steel and rubber chain maille bracelet by a Portland craftsman and an abstract leather cuff by Billykirk.

Archival Update: Field Bag Restock

December 20th, 2010


Our work for the year is done. On Saturday, Terry and Julie delivered a massive load of Archival Clothing Field Bags in all four colorways: dark brown, gray, ranger tan and olive. While in the checkout line to purchase storage containers for our new inventory, I happened upon a nice reference to Archival Clothing in Portland Monthly. Thanks to the author and AC reader Zach Dundas for acknowledging companies like Pendleton and Danner who produce stylish, heritage products in Oregon. Dundas also mentions one of our favorite Portland stockists, Winn Perry.

A note regarding holiday hours for the AC web shop–we will be shipping out orders through Thursday, December 23rd. Any orders placed through the web shop over the holiday weekend will ship out on Tuesday, December 28th.

Archival Update (12/6/2010)

December 5th, 2010
Archival Clothing shawl collar sweaters

Our shipment of shawl collar sweaters has arrived. Per earlier reports, these pure new wool sweaters are produced for us by Centralia Knitting Mills on circular knitting machines from the 1930s. For this round, we’re offering four colorways in two weights of wool. Our navy and gray multi-weave sweaters are 4-ply knits; the gray and red sweaters are a slightly lighter 3 ply knit. The buttons for the sweaters come from Centralia’s own vintage deadstock collection. In February, we’ll be restocking in two new multiweaves: a ligh gray and a navy. We’ve also ordered a small run of XXS and XS for female customers (and slim gents) which should be coming soon.

Here are some other project updates from Archival:

Columbiaknit all cotton long sleeved shirts. We’re offering two versions: a crewneck in 7.5 oz fabric (gray or black) and a cross neck in a heavier weight, 9 oz jersey (natural oatmeal).

Plain musette now available in dark oak

Chester Wallace totes in new colorways
AC stockist Winn Perry is offering these custom made Portland wool felt pennants and a small number of Portland Beaver caps by the (recently revived!) Cooperstown Ball Cap Co.

Next Saturday, we’ll be in San Francisco for Showmanship, a holiday pop up staged by the gents at the Durable Goods Concern. If you’re in the Bay Area, please come by and say hello. We’ll be offering a few show specials and exhibiting our new Field Bag.

Portland Field Trip: Subject to Season (12/4)

December 4th, 2010

If you’re an Oregonian, come by and say hello tonight at the Subject to Season show in the historic Ford building in Portland. I/Lesli will be exhibiting A.C. goods alongside friend, collaborator and Portland stockist, Jordan Sayler of Winn Perry. Per the Portland Mercury: “come prepared to drink, schmooze, and peruse.” The show will be advanced prep for our trip to San Francisco next weekend for the DGC‘s holiday market pop up, Showmanship.

Introducing the Archival Clothing Field Bag

November 30th, 2010

We’re proud to present the Archival Clothing Field Bag. It’s intended as a daily workhorse, a crossover between a traditional English fishing bag and an urban messenger bag. Durable construction and practical features allow the bag to excel at carrying gear both outdoors and to the office.

Features include a roomy main compartment, two bellows pockets, and one large pocket across the back. A solid brass ring provides an easy attachment point for keys or fishing net. Leather strap, roller buckle, and a heavy-duty RiRi zipper secure the bag’s contents.

Seams are bound in waxed cotton tape, all stress points are bar-tacked or riveted, and each bag is hand-numbered. Easily fits laptops (up to 15″) in the owner’s own sleeve.

Available in Ranger Tan and Olive twill.
Coming in mid-December, Field Bags in Gray and Dark Brown twill.

Dimensions: 16″ x 12.75″ x 4″

Made In USA

Highest quality materials: Waxed twill fabric, Horween leather, and thread are of US origin. Webbing and most of our brass hardware is sourced from the UK. RiRi zippers are made in Switzerland.