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Guest Post: DIY Vintage French Skiwear

Andrea Cesari of Unsung Sewing Patterns guest posts on her most recent find: men’s and women’s anoraks and ski pants patterns from France. Collecting vintage home sewing patterns that are designed primarily for function rather than fashion takes me down some interesting paths. In twelve years of collecting I’ve managed to acquire what may be …

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Guest Post: Archival Field Bag Review

Thanks to longtime friend and photographer Rick G. for this review. Rick has an early Field Bag that, we wager, has seen some of the hardest use of any Archival baggage! As the waterfowl season draws to a close here in Washington State, I thought I would submit a review of the Archival Clothing Field …

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Archival Footwear – Sidi Touring Shoes

AC friend and Rivendell General Manager, John Bennett, sent me photos of his unworn Sidi touring shoes. Unlike modern “carbon” models w/velcro strap adjustments, John’s Sidis come with an old fashioned lacing system and walkable soles. Though these Sidis come from the past, several of my randonneuring friends wore them during this year’s edition of …

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Archival Production Report: Flap Wallet

Editor’s Note: Nicholas Hollows, of Hollows Leather, is the craftsman behind our new Archival Flap Wallet. We asked him to document his production process in words and photographs. Here’s what he had to say: The Archival Flap Wallets are truly handmade pieces. The leather is cut by hand, shaped by hand, punched and stitched by …

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Guest Review: Chimala Chambray Shirt

by Tiffany Thornton I’ve been brand-stalking Chimala for a while now (via Lark: Chimala was started in 2006 by a Japanese designer, and is named for an imaginary mountain in the Himalayas… The brand concept is new vintage casual with a touch of “good old days” feeling. The design inspirations and sources are mostly from …

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Shopping from the present: Arrow Moccasins

Editor’s note: While Tom prefers open toe footwear for summer, I typically opt for loafers or lace up moccasins. New to my line up is a pair of shoes made exclusively for the Tannery by the Arrow Moccasin Company. Unlike most premium Mocs, the Arrows are sized to fit men and women. I purchased a …

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Shopping from the Present: Duchess Clothier

Editor’s note: Duchess Clothier, located next to Winn Perry in Portland, Oregon, offers custom and ready to wear clothing. In addition to stock patterns, Duchess can produce custom garments based on vintage patterns or photographs, using fabrics sourced by the customer. While I continue to contemplate the perfect Duchess project, AC friend Tiffany Thorton moved …

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Field Test: Archival Clothing Flap Musette

by Chris Kostman Tea everywhere, including from a “boat-in” tea shop along Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir Test-riding a cycle rickshaw in New Delhi, India Chris Kostman, ultra-endurance cyclist and AdventureCORPS founder, is a self described musette fan. Kostman has been a hero of mine since 1993 when I read his article Mountain Bikes: Who …

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Archival Field Trip: PDX March 2010

Quick trip up to Portland to meet Patrick Long (Chester Wallace) and check in with our friend Jordan over at Winn Perry. We’ve been admiring Patrick’s bags from afar and wanted to share information on supply sources and manufacturing processes. Patrick toured us around his Hawthorne area studio where we works on both Chester Wallace …

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