Shopping From the Past

Shopping from the UK – Vintage Brady Bags

If you follow Archival, you know that we love UK-made, Brady game and fishing bags. While the brand and product line has expanded in the last few years (adding business, biking and equestrian lines, not to mention, Japan only models), the core patterns have remained relatively unchanged since this 1976 catalog. It’s a relief to know that Brady …

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Premium Purples

Classic Dana Designs Bomb Pack from eBay (Mine is also purple, but a slightly different colorway) I always think of the Dana Designs packs which were called “Blurple” – a cheerful hue lurking somewhere between blue and purple – as being my favorite color ever for technical baggage. Since those aren’t available aside from eBay, …

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Shopping from the UK: Chapman Bags

It’s great to see all these new Chapman special collaborations and Japan special make ups. I’ve always viewed Chapman as something of a Carhartt to Brady’s Filson. Chapman makes terrific, UK-made field bags out of what the testers at the Montgomery Ward Bureau of Standards might designate as good or “economy” quality materials. For example, …

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Shopping from 1976: Brady Bags

Knowing my obsession with the history of British fishing bags, Brady Brothers was kind enough to loan me this original brochure from 1976. I’m told that when Brady was operating from Halesowen, England, they kept very few original advertisements or print catalogues. Brady issued a small brochure type catalogue every 10 or 15 years since …

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Shopping from 1968: Hunting World

Hunting World Catalog 1968 Spanish leathe “Versatote” (on my Archival Finder list) More English Fishing Bags (made by Brady, no doubt) Expedition Canvas Tentage Kalahari Grill and Fish Locator Glasses A few more shopping cart items from the catalog that brought you the Springbok hassok, chromed steel “supercube” furniture and genuine zebra luggage tags. Apart …

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Guest Baggage: Brady Gelderburn

Indigo Slims blog author and denim designer, Jessica L., sent me these photographs of her 18 month old Brady Gelderburn fishing bag. The bag is one of the largest in the Brady range and I questioned Jessica on her selection of this specific style (and on why the bag’s strap was already so frayed after …

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Guest Baggage: Vintage Brady

Cartridge Bag Discontinued model [name?] & Ariel fishing bag Sandringham Game Bag Another submissions to the Brady visual archives by Gus W. who purchased his first bag back in 1986. Here are his notes regarding his Brady collection which includes both fishing and shooting models as well as a more contemporary, urban shoulder bag (no …

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Shopping from the past: Rucksacks

Photo from a 1998 Filson catalog Co.Ltd guu-watanabe Zach bag Frost River Nessmuk pack Frost River Rucksack for Northern Island (Japan) Brady rucksack (Japan only) Frost River rucksack photos courtesy Style Forum Barbour catalog model with rucksack (make/model?) If I lived in Japan I’d be president of a regional Filson “going outside” club. We’d take …

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