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Archival Garb for Women

It was great to see this article in the New York Times about the emerging trend of tailored, masculine clothing for women.  I’ve been championing the production of heritage style menswear sized for women since the earliest days of the Archival blog.  Of course, Japan, per usual, is ahead of the curve in this area.  …

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Archival Baggage: De Martini Messenger Bags

Outside De Martini shop, NYC, mid-1990s Basic model, De Martini messenger bag I bought my first bike messenger bag from De Martini/Globe Canvas in the mid 1990s. I had read about the De Martini bags, and the company’s owner, Frank De Martini, a sail-maker by trade, in Bicycle Guide magazine. At the time, De Martini …

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From the Times: Filson Tin Cloth Vest

From left, Richard Poe, Kristine Nielsen, Laura Benanti and Amir Arison in Christopher Durang’s new comedy at the Public Theater On April 7, friend Brad W. and I both noted the stage right presence of a Filson Original Hunting Vest in a page C6 NY Times review of the play, Why Torture is Wrong, and …

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Archival Obituary: Blossom Dearie

Rahav Segev for The New York Times Obituary reposted from the February 8, 2009 New York TimesAnd a link to Verve records, her label. For starters, I recommend My Gentleman Friend and Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green.Listen to an in memoriam replay of Blossom Dearie on Piano Jazz from 2001.

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Shopping From the Movies: The Queen

Cribbed from a Barbour corporate website press release: When ‘The Queen’ opened in New York recently, no-one could have imagined the dramatic effect it would have on the Barbour store in Manhattan. The film, which covers the days after Princess Diana’s death, has created great interest amongst Americans and the Barbour store has suddenly found …

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