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Archival Restock – Web Belts

February 21st, 2013
We’re pleased to announced that our Spring stock of belts is now in stock.  We love our British mil-spec cotton webbing so much that we used it for our ring belt. The dense, stout weave becomes more supple with use, without ever becoming flimsy. This is a simple ring belt, made from one inch wide webbing with two solid brass rings, and horween leather tab securing the end. Our signature red bar-tack finishes the belt. Made by the same folks who sew our bags in Oregon.
Order your web belt now via our Archival Web Shop.

Release – Archival Leather Cuff

October 5th, 2012
We’re thrilled to announce the release of our new leather cuff by favorite small leather goods maker, Nick Hollows.  The cuffs are made from the same great materials as our popular leather key loop including stout leather cord, red waxed twine and a solid brass hook which is easy to attach (even one-handed).  We’re offering the cuffs in three sizes so that they can be worn by both ladies and gents, slim or more full wristed folks.  

Archival Release: Leather Key Loop

November 24th, 2011

We love using this handsome leather loop to manage and tether our keys. It makes it easy to find them in a dark bag or busy pocket, and convenient to loop around a belt or hang on a hook. You can also just spin it around when you’re bored!
Our own design, it’s made to last by Hollows Leather in Minneapolis. Only the best materials: stout buffed leather cord, red waxed twine, and a solid brass marine-grade shackle.

Archival Release: AC Flap Wallet

August 17th, 2011

We partnered with Hollows Leather (in Minneapolis, MN) to produce this custom wallet for Archival Clothing.

With a signature Archival flap, our wallet is designed for those who prefer the simplicity of a single main compartment. Generously sized, the wallet fits most currencies, passports and a sizeable pile of receipts. There is also an outer card holder, beneath the flap, for quick access to your most frequently used cards. I like it for grabbing my license during airport security checks. Double stitching in red thread reinforces stress points where the stitching typically gives out.

The Flap Wallet is designed to work with the pocketing dimensions of Archival Clothing bags.

Build notes — the wallet is made from our favorite archival materials: Horween Chromexcel leather, solid brass hardware and red waxed thread sourced from Japan.

Available now in the Archival Store. For more about how the wallets are made, see an upcoming guest post by Nicholas Hollows.

Dimensions: 4.5″ x 5.75″

Archival Update: A.C. Webbing Belts in Stock

October 30th, 2010

A.C. cotton webbing belts w/new Horween leather tip.

We just took delivery of a new batch of Archival Clothing webbing belts. Our belts are sewn locally for us by the same great folks who produce our bags. This is a simple ring belt, made from a length of 1 inch wide, mil spec webbing with two solid brass rings and a new, Horween leather tip. For the new production run, we’ve added XS and XL sizes.

Archival Shocker: Heritage Footwear for Women

October 13th, 2010

Work and safety footwear from 1949
Wolverine 1000 Mile boot for women

Full disclosure:Wolverine sent me women’s shoes and boots from the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection for review.Since I primarily shop from defunct companies or out of print catalogs, this was a happy turn of events.Even without testing, I can highly endorse the Wolverine 1000 Mile collection as a rare example of heritage footwear offered for women without compromise in design or build quality. Like the original version for gents, the Wolverine Collection for women is made in the USA and is based on the same original 1000 Mile boot pattern.Both shoe and boot styles are made from Horween Chromexcel leather (an A.C. favorite) and are constructed on a women’s last with a stitched Goodyear welt.

Catalogs in the 30s and 40s sold this style of boot for farm and heavy duty outdoor wear. Sizes were offered for both men and women. Price point was determined by quality of leather and method of construction. In 2010, the traditional work boot is a rarified, special edition style selling at a premium price point in menswear specialty shops (or in Japan). We’d love to see more of these classic, stylish, well built, American boots made available to the general public.

Some use notes and photos:

Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots for women on test
When I first received them, I immediately had Cat’s Paw protective rubber half soles affixed to the bottoms of my new shoes by a local Eugene cobbler, Baker’s. The climate here in Oregon is wet and it’s treacherous to walk tiled hallways or to bicycle w/full leather soles.

In my field testing, I’ve found that I prefer the boots since their look is more classic and they work better w/my stove pipe trouser legs. I would say that the sizing is generous. I normally wear a women’s 8.5 wide and both boots and shoes fit a little on the loose side – in the width. However, with midweight wool socks, the boots fit well and are extremely comfortable.

I’ve been wearing both the boots and the shoes in rotation. After sporting loafers and camp mocs for so many months, I had forgotten how much support and structure a traditional work boot provides. Steel shanks, solid arch support and leather heel counters have virtually disappeared from modern footwear. Though the Wolverine boots were originally designed for heavy outdoor use, they break in and become comfortable for urban applications like office work or even shopping.

My main critique of the boots is the choice of an antiqued brass finish for the hardware (eyelets and speed laces). Wolverine may have chosen antique brass as a way to signal that the boot design is vintage–something from the past. I’d prefer a normal (shiny) brass finish that would show my own history of wear and aging.

Solid brass hardware. I’d prefer a non “antiqued” finish.Star rivets. Stitching detail. Gusseted tongue.

The Addie wingtips are sleek, modern, classic without being gratuitously feminized. I love the contrast stitching along the welt. For my own purposes, I’d prefer the oxford in dark brown. I challenge you to show me one other US company producing a classic, US made, low top oxford for women in top quality materials. These used to be standard issue.

Leather stacked sole (great for keeping your foot on a pedal)
Leather sole (pre-Cat’s Paw installation)

Handstitching on sole of shoe. I do wish the stitching were recessed into a channel to prevent wear.

Example of recessed stitching on a pair of Tim Little brogues

Favorite detail: hard rubber sole. You never see these on modern shoes for women.
For interested parties, Wolverine 1000 Mile boots and shoes for women are currently available at Leffot ( in NYC. Leffot will do phone orders and ship anywhere in the world. We’d love to see these shoes and boots become available in brick and mortar stores on the West Coast.

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