Shopping From The Present

Summer Naturals

  This season Archival is featuring bags – the Shoulder Tote, Roll Top and Day Pack –  in natural 18 oz canvas duck and wallets in undyed, vegetable tan leather.  Summer is the perfect time to experiment with unwaxed fabrics and lighter shades of leather.  Rather than worry about getting these things dirty – document …

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Summer Repose

We just released our July Archival newsletter which features summer essentials, new products, a coupon code and a special Archival Rolltop giveaway. To be added to the list for future mailings, email info@archivalclothing.com.   In the meantime, enjoy the holiday break.

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Shopping from ebay – Vintage Swimwear


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  Poolside wool in Coral Gables (via Florida Memory Project) When I was a student in Seattle, the University pool leased out woolen bathers for day use.  This was 1990.  I’m pretty sure the school stocked their supply from the municipal pool in Buster Keaton’s The Camerman.  If you’re shopping for your very own vintage …

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Archival Rolled Sleeves

I’m not a big fan of summer weight garb.  I much prefer to modify my standard winter wardrobe of woolens and long sleeve cotton shirts for warmer weather  Why buy cotton poplin or linen or gingham for the abbreviated northwest summer (July-August) when you could just roll up your sleeves for the same degree of …

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Archival Napping

With the advent of Fall, I’m happily adding archival layers to my wardrobe, but I’m also looking back with nostalgia on the warmer, sun weary days of August.  Boston Public Library posted photos of city dwellers from the 1930s napping in public parks – a communal practice that has sadly disappeared in the last seven …

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Summer Camp Review – 2012

While I edit together a new kinoks movie, here are a few placeholder views of my return trip to Camp Robbinswold. Thanks to Sara T. (and an amazing cast of extras) for performing as my camp hands and feet since my historical surrogate was unavailable.

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Archival Field Trip – Ross Lake

Photos by Rick Gersbach Friend of Archival Rick and I took off last weekend for Ross and Diablo Lakes in Washington’s North Cascades. We spent a blissful three days paddling around, catching some massive bull trout, fighting headwinds, and addressing the issue of bourbon remaining in the bottle. No complaints – we had perfect weather, …

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Mountain Summer

For those of you working through the summer, I recommend shopping from the Glenbow Museum Archives for surrogate vacation snaps of the Canadian Rockies from the 1920s and 1930s. If you’re too pressed for time, here is my summary of an ideal summer spent hiking, reading, rowing, dining, fishing, swimming and climbing – in perfect …

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Summer Synthetic Exceptions: Chacos

At Myakka State Park, Florida, 2004 We’re dedicated to natural fibers, but every now and again we’ll allow a synthetic exception. The Patagonia Retro-X vest is one of my favorites, ideal for backpacking and casual cycling. However, the longest-lived synthetic exception in my wardrobe is the Chaco Z-1. =”utf-8″> Somewhere on the Oregon coast, 2002 …

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