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Archival Camp Ensemble

May 9th, 2014

Here’s my idea of the perfect summer camp ensemble. All the items are made for women but could easily be sourced in a gent’s version:

Clockwise from top: Eastland Yarmouth Camp Moc, Tradlands Vacationland Shirt, Tourjours Linen Chambray Shorts, Freeman Rain Jacket.

Add a few Archival accessories for the perfect camp kit  –  Cotton Bucket Hat and Archival Shoulder Tote:


Archival x Heritage Pop Up

May 5th, 2014


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Archival Clothing will be making a local appearance at Heritage Dry Goods on Friday May 16 from 3 to 7 pm in our hometown of Eugene, Oregon. If you are a local fan, drop by and say hello. We’ll be showcasing our Spring releases and raffling off one of our new waxed twill Shoulder Tote to a lucky customer.  We will also be serving a special beverages provided by two of our favorite downtown businesses, The Barn Light and Party Downtown.

This is a great opportunity to support local business, test out our bags in person and let us know what you would like us to make next. Come by for a free zip pouch (while supplies last) and a 10% discount on all purchases during the event. If there’s something you have been dying to try, email us at and we will bring one by on the day of the event. Mark your calendar – it’s only two weeks away!

Archival Webbing now milled in the US

March 10th, 2014

Archival is pleased to announce that our signature, military spec cotton webbing is now being milled in the US. While we love our made in UK webbing, we’ve been looking for a domestic source for several years. Unfortunately, most US narrow fabric companies have shifted manufacturing emphasis from cotton to nylon webbing. Archival prefers cotton to nylon for its traditional appearance, soft hand and durability. Over time, the dense, stout weave becomes more supple with use, without becoming flimsy. Tireless searching by Archival team members led to the discovery of a new domestic webbing source that could produce best quality, all cotton web to our Archival specifications. As a heritage bag company, we are thrilled to finally be sourcing this key component of our bags in the United States. Although you won’t notice a difference between our US and UK webbing it should be showing up on most of our bags and belts in 2014.
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Shopping from ebay – Decks by Cambridge

September 25th, 2013

In my quest to source a pair of classic, canvas, vulcanized rubber sneakers I stumbled across this vintage pair of Decks by Cambridge on ebay.  I love the nautical rope and wave logo work on the insoles and the great “Tred-Light” tag on the back of the shoes.  Is there really a way to improve on such a classic design save for making these available again in sizes for both men and women?  I’d buy ten pairs and be set for shoes for life.
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Shopping from the present – Heritage Dry Goods

September 11th, 2013

Eugene, Oregon is the home base for Archival Clothing. We’ve been shipping bags worldwide since 2010. However, we have never had a formal brick and mortar store for showcasing bags to local customers.  All that has changed with the opening of Heritage Dry Goods, a new retail store focusing on American made goods.  Nicole Gillson, owner of Heritage, has stocked her shop with many products from her home state of Minnesota including Faribault blankets, Red Wing Pottery, Leather Goods and Tru-Nord compasses and Leather Works Minnesota leather goods.  Archival goods are also well represented in the shop.  At the moment, Heritage carries our Archival Rucksack, Archival Field Bag, Archival Flap Musette and Zip Pouches.  Heritage shares a retail space with Plume Red, a shop focusing on European gifts, apothecary, housewares and jewelery.  Plume is your new, go to Eugene source for Opinel knives (an Archival favorite).   Here a few snaps from my recent visit to Heritage/Plume:

Heritage copyNicole Gillson, owner of Heritage Dry Goods

Heritage-44 copyArchival Rucksacks in cotton duck

Heritage-29 copyTru-Nord Compass (only compass still made in America)

Heritage-10 copyFaribault Blankets

Heritage-42 copySmall Archival Field Bag

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Toothpick holder by Minnesota Leather Goods

Heritage-19 copyRed Wing Pottery.  I’m obsessed with the mugs.

Heritage-20 copyOpinel Mushroom Knife

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Heritage-36 copyArchival Zip Pouches

Heritage-47 copyVintage print ephemera

Heritage-51 copyArchival Trail Caps and Web Belts

Heritage-53 copyVintage American Field wool knickers

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Heritage-52 copyPlume Red owner, Cindy Matherly, and Nicole

Archival Picnic

July 31st, 2013

From the archives, here are some exemplary snaps of classic summer picnics.  What could be better than an impromptu, plein air meal in the trees, next to water or on the patio of a tent trailer.  When Tom packs for a picnic, he prefers to bring along real plates, flatwear and glasses.  Lynn has been shopping for Made in USA picnic supplies that add a little kick to the spread.  Her recent finds include compostable wooden spoons, paper drinking straws and of course, canvas throws.  Since I’m spending so many outdoor hours on my bicycle, I prefer to picnic indoors, via my screen surrogate, Doris Day, and her Sleep-Tite pajama factory colleagues.  The Fosse choreographed, Once a Year Day picnic, perfectly encapsulates all the wild glee, group dancing, aspirational color blocking  and mass mayhem of a first rate American picnic.  A future post will address the lost of art of picnic blanket tossing.

Release – Archival Trail Caps in Natural

March 12th, 2013

We are now offering our lightweight, waxed cotton Archival Trail Caps in natural.  Classic five panel design with leather tab back adjustment. Made of a 5.5 ounce waxed cotton/nylon that’s both durable and lightweight.  The new natural cap is perfect for walking, hunting, fishing or outdoor tennis.  Made in USA

Full family of Archival Trail Caps 

New Archival Trail Cap blending into the environs

Shopping from the USA: Carhartt

October 19th, 2012
When I was 14, the guys at the bike shop where I volunteered insisted that Carhartts were the only pants worth buying at retail price. I biked out to Coastal Farm and Feed in Eugene, dropped $40 on a pair of B01 double-knee pants, and have been a fan ever since. We’ve done a few little posts on the subject, but in general we defer to Mr. Fox, undoubtedly the king of Carhartt in these parts. 

Recently there’s been a little excitement as Carhartt starts to promote the styles still made in the USA. The WSJ had an interesting piece over a year ago, and Michael at ACL recently posted a great article (with, as usual, an entertaining comment thread). 

Carhartt kindly sent over one of their made in USA Active Jacs for me to check out. I love it – super warm and it’s built like a truck. Gotta dig that giant zipper pull. Regular/roomy fit, so you can layer sweaters underneath. $100. Seriously cannot beat that bang for the buck unless you’re buying used. 

Really happy to see the USA-made goods getting pushed, and here’s hoping that more and more of their goods can be brought home as demand increases. I asked a few questions about the USA line, and here are the thoughts of Tony Ambroza, VP of Marketing at Carhartt. I’m most interested in the links between domestic manufacture and the physical design of the artifacts being produced, so I would have loved to hear more about that process – maybe someday I’ll take a field trip to Irvine, KY to see the plant!

1)     What made Carhartt decide to bring the production of these styles back to the USA?
Our Made in the USA line of apparel was created in response to consumer feedback; they told us they wanted to know exactly which products we make and source in the U.S. We were able to shift some product to other manufacturing facilities in order to accommodate production of these popular styles.
2)     What advantages have you found in domestic production?
We never stopped manufacturing in the U.S. since the company’s founding in 1889. In the last 15 years alone, we’ve made more than 57 million units of apparel in our U.S. facilities.  Fortunately the family who founded the business still owns Carhartt outright and understands how the company’s heritage is linked to US manufacturing.  As a consumer focused American work wear manufacturer, serving and protecting hard working people with our products is extremely important to us.  We work to ensure our products are still built to the high standards established by our founder Hamilton Carhartt, while keeping our prices competitive and affordable.  Thanks to our manufacturing approach we are able to maintain US manufacturing without increasing the price for our US styles.
3)     Any drawbacks?
It is difficult to remain competitive in our industry with only domestic production when just 2 percent of clothing bought here is actually manufactured here.  This is why we have chosen a balanced supply chain strategy which includes domestic and outsourced production. It allows us to provide high-quality products at competitive prices. With that said, no brand makes more rugged work wear in the U.S. than Carhartt.
4)      Has it been easy or hard to find the needed skilled labor to produce at scale in the USA?
Fortunately, many of the employees who stitch together our products by hand have been with us for several decades or more.  The work is physically demanding.  It takes a great deal of training and time for employees to learn the skills required to build Carhartt to our exact specifications.