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 the Vanilla blog but they seem to have disappeared. Love the mixed use of fabrics, bi-tonal patterning and print graphics. I’ll definitely snap one up during the next restock.
Did you catch Chris Froome sporting a logo free musette during the Olympic road race in Rio? I always love catching glimpses of this little retro style bag in a sea of state of the art garb and bike technology. While modern cycling musettes are made of cheap synthetics (designed to be discarded), my favorite vintage versions were made out of cotton (with a matching strap). Unusual examples include a snap fastener or flap closure but most of the ones you find on eBay are simply unstructured sacks with straps. I tend to shop by logo or color blocking. Here are a few examples that I gathered during a recent shopping expedition:
For the holidays, we’re releasing our Plain Musette, Market Tote and Zip Pouch in a special
10 oz. striped denim indigo ticking. For this edition of the Plain Musette, we’re adding a Horween leather strap and a special leather logo tab. We will also be restocking our musette in tan waxed canvas with our classic web strap.
To celebrate 5 years in business, we’re bringing back a limited production run of the first bag we ever released – the Archival Plain Musette. Originally released in January 2010, the Plain Musette is our own durable interpretation of the classic cycling musette. It’s a simple envelope-style bag in waxed canvas with a snap closure and fixed-length cotton web shoulder strap. Designed to ride high and comfortably on the body, our 40 inch standard strap is ideal for most users. Still as functional as ever, the perfect light weight errand bag.
Now available in tan and black. Get one while you can. And thank you for all your support over the past 5 years. I can’t believe we made it to here!
For Eugene and Portland folks, here is your final reminder about the Archival Pop Up Show tomorrow at The Barn Light from 12-6. Note: we’ve extended the show for an extra hour by popular demand. 20% off on all Archival merchandise at the show. Special Archival Roll Top giveaway. Drop by, shop the Archival line and sample local Ninkasi Brewing beer.
For Spring/Summer, we’re releasing our original, Archival Plain Musette in canvas duck in our three favorite colors: navy, olive and red. Our Plain Musette is a simple envelope-style bag with a snap closure and fixed-length shoulder strap. The Plain Musette is constructed from only the highest quality materials including stout, closely woven cotton canvas with mil-spec cotton webbing. Edges are bound in waxed cotton tape, and stress points are bar-tacked. These bags are practical and free of complications.
We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a Sunday afternoon paddle by canoe on the McKenzie River. The promise of fish and fine riparian views outweighed our reluctance to venture out into the drizzle. What care we when we have the best waxed cotton outerwear for the worst Oregon Spring in recent memory.
Rick’s prized Grumman (a transplant, like Rick, from Minnesota)
Archival Clothing proudly sells Chester Wallace totes by friend and fellow Oregonian, Patrick Long. This Spring, we asked Patrick to make up two special bags for Archival: a “wash me” and a “wax me” model. The wash me tote is made from unwaxed, natural canvas duck and utilizes Archival’s own best quality, UK made, military spec cotton webbing (the same webbing we use for our AC belt). The wax me tote is an all waxed cotton variation on the traditional Chester Wallace tote. We’ve replaced the acrylic-coated woven polyester bottom with waxed cotton canvas from Fairfield Textiles.
The natural canvas duck Chester Wallace tote [above] is made with Archival Clothing’s own military spec, all cotton webbing. This is bag style is washable. Our second Chester Wallace tote is made from stout, closely woven, all wax cotton canvas fabric. The limited edition classic red fabric, referred to as “old glory” by Fairfield textiles, our supplier, is the same that we use for our AC plain musette. Inventory for this fabric has been exhausted.