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ARCHIVAL BUGS OUT!

As Hurricane Irene nears my apartment in New York, I’m once again longing to be back home in temperate Oregon, where the only natural disasters we fear are the rare earthquakes and volcanos. That said, we’ve always believed here at Archival that the apocalypse is an excellent opportunity to hone your packing skills. The contents …

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Shopping from Japan: Mont-Bell Thermawrap Skirt

Mont-Bell Thermawrap skirt Add the Mont-Bell thermawrap skirt to my list of synthetic exceptions. I love the multi-functional design of this skirt as garment, survival wrap or cushion. Use notes from the Mont-Bell site: “Throw it on over your long underwear after a day of skiing or wear it alone when it is just too …

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Shopping for the Apocalypse: Bicycles

Winter Bicycles Chicago Flyer (photo by R. Gersbach) Kogswell rando-porteur w/protective wool gauntlets Post-apocalyptic cruiser Portage for survival supplies Now that I’m almost done finalizing my wardrobe for the apocalypse, I’m evaluating my preferred mode of bicycle transportation. Ever since Jan Heine published The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles, a pictorial history of French bicycles …

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Packing for the Apocalypse : Ibex and Opinels

Ibex Thin Woolies Crew (for Women) Ibex Striped Zip-Neck (for women) Opinel Traditional Folding Knife Customized Opinel (uploaded from this flickr set) Post-apocalyptic picnic During the winter months, I console myself by watching some of my favorite post-apocalyptic films. Stanley Kramer’s On The Beach (with the amazing cast of Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins …

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Apocalyptic Layering

Mid-October. Official reintroduction of winter weight wool. When the cold comes my dress code is dictated by the idea that whatever I wear must be versatile enough to work as my permanent post-apocalyptic/nuclear winter outfit (think Fred Astaire’s safari suits and gentlemanly neckwear in On The Beach). I’m working out the details but the basic …

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