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Release – Wave Pattern Kerchiefs

  We’re offering a new, discharge printed kerchief made by General Quarters, one of our favorite Los Angeles stockists.  Blair, owner of General Quarters, designed this kerchief with a Japanese pattern called Nami or Seigaiha.  According to Blair, the word means “calm waves” and the four arcs in the pattern represent the four oceans surrounding …

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John Wayne wearing a kerchief
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Archival DIY: Knotting a Kerchief

For the past few years I’ve been taking kerchief knotting lessons from John Ford characters. In my mind, my kerchiefs always look as snappy as the ones worn by John Wayne in Ford’s cavalry trilogy. Several weeks ago, I sent out a tweet requesting more formal, step by step instructions for knotting a kerchief. Several …

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Archival Handkerchiefs

As documented, Archival loves kerchiefs. My preference is for discharge printed, polkadot models from Japan and the UK. To diversify my collection, I’m going to shop for a few vintage kerchiefs from Cornell University’s Political Americana Collection. When knotted, the rhetorical content reverts back to pleasing patterns and scrambled text. Cleveland-Thurman Handkerchief Benjamin Harrison Handkerchief, …

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Archival Progress Report

Shawl collar cardigans (late November delivery) Archival Clothing web belt with Horween leather tip (next week) Billykirk Abstract cuffs (available) Saint James cotton and wool scarf restock Steele Canvas Basket tote w/revised stencil (next week) Archival Field Bag (coming soon) On Thursday, we’re heading out to NYC to see Tom and visit shops in Manhattan …

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Archival Kerchiefs

(hankies above are from the highly-endorsed DISCHARGE STYLE) Handkerchief, bandanna, hankie, or kerchief. Whatever you call it, it’s essential. I keep one with me all the time, for nose-blowing, glasses cleaning, a rag for when your bicycle chain drops, tying things, bundling things, a headband, or, in the woods, as a sieve (try it – …

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