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Archival Field Trip – PDX

   Over the weekend, I made a quick trip up to Portland to shop for eyewear, catch a film and check in on a few of my favorite shops.  Here are some visual notes from the trip:   New S/S Engineered Garments at Blake      Brand obsession – Masunaga eyewear from Japan (via Blink) …

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Archivel Field Trip – Nepenthes NYC

Last week, Archival dropped in on the Monday eve pop-up shop and Kenzo Minami gallery opening at Nepenthes, one of our favorite NYC shops.  Nepenthes was so packed that we were capsule released into the space in timed intervals.   In line, we bumped into a number of fellow Market Week participants who had also …

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Archival Field Trip – Project NYC

   If you’re in NYC for market week, drop by and visit Archival at Project.  We’ll be participating in MADE by PROJECT,  a pop-up concept comprised of some of our favorite heritage brands creating products on the floor.  While I won’t be hammering grommets or bartacking web belts, I will be wandering the show taking …

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From the Archives – Bruce Gordon Factory Tour

Thanks to local bike mechanic, Louis (aka Luigi), for providing me with a print edition of the Bruce Gordon Cycles factory tour.  Conducted in Eugene, Oregon, the tour features Gordon’s revolutionary, all robot workforce. Per the copy, take the factory tour by clicking the navigation button at the bottom of each page.       …

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Archival Down Vests by Crescent Down Works

I really love down vests, so it was a treat to work with one of the finest down garment makers in the country on a really special project. Here’s our take on a classic work/hunting vest, done with a lightweight waxed cotton shell, a nylon lining for easy layering, and a worsted wool rib collar, …

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Archival at NorthernGRADE – Chicago

If you’re in Chicago on Saturday, Oct 27th, come by and visit Archival at NorthernGRADE, a 100% made in USA, menswear pop up market.  AC friend and heritage clothing impressario. Brad Bennet (Well Spent) will be coproducing the Chicago edition of NorthernGRADE at Open Secret Studios, a new event space in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.  …

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Archival Guest Appearance

I love it when Archival customers emerge from the ether to visit our headquarter in Eugene, Oregon. This weekend, Patrick H., a longtime AC reader, dropped by on his way back from a Victoria, BC, to San Francisco bike tour. Patrick first reached out to Archival asking for SF shop recommendations (we have many!). It …

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Archival Field Trip – Alex Singer (Paris)

Gabe and Sara outside the Alex Singer shop Last August, post Paris-Brest-Paris, we had the pleasure of visiting the Alex Singer shop on 53, Rue de Victor Hugo, in northwest Paris. The historic Singer shop has a reputation for producing some of the most stunning, steel cyclo-tourist and racing bikes in the world. Visiting the …

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Archival Field Trip – Crescent Down Works

Crescent Down Works is one of those amazing northwest companies that is better known in Japan than in the US. Crescent was founded in 1974 as a custom down vest company in Seattle, WA. The company’s founder, Anne Michelson, got her start at Eddie Bauer another exemplary regional manufacturer. Crescent produces a tightly edited collection …

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