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Archival in Tokyo

April 2nd, 2015

Pop Up Portland

We’re thrilled to announce that Archival will be participating in Pop Up PDX in Tokyo sponsored by the Portland Development Commission on April 20-24.  Archival will be one of eight brands exhibiting in Tokyo as part of a larger trade mission to promote business between the two cities.  If you live or are visiting Tokyo, drop by and visit the Archival booth at the lovely Macch Ecute venue.  If you are a Japanese distributor or store interested in working with a Archival, email to set up an appointment.

Archival Field Trip – Winn Perry (revisited)

May 28th, 2014

To my delight, Jordan Sayler has reopened Winn Perry, his sharply curated menswear shop in Portland. This weekend I caught up with Jordan and took some snaps of his new space. Archival has a special relationship with Jordan as he was our first brick and mortar stockist.  I loved visiting visiting Jordan’s original shop in the historic Ford building in SE Portland.  Here is where I first learned about emerging heritage brands like SNS Herning, Wings + Horns, Our Legacy and Billykirk and others.  And like other Alden pilgrims, I would stop to admire Jordan’s latest Alden SMUs (the best in the biz imho).  I’m still carrying a torch for his Alden Workman’s Oxford.  Jordan is carrying Aldens again in his new shop  along with best quality menswear basics including Apolis trousers, Individualized shirts, Vetra work jackets, LVC Levi’s 501s and a special line of beautiful, English bridle leather belts.   The shop also has on offer a variety of pocket carries, shoe care kits, reading material and grooming supplies (a blind spot in my optic).  My own purchases for the day included a pair of made in Germany socks and a made in UK, Abbeyhorn key fob.
Jordan Clock copy
Jordan in his new space (with clocks and audio for company)

Shoulder Tote copy
Showroom mix of Apolis, Alden and Archival

Rucksack copy

Longwing copyOne of Jordan’s SMU Aldens –  reverse chamois leather longwings with a double waterloc sole

Footwear copy

Vetra copy
A handsome lineup of Vetra French work jackets and Individualized shirting

Made on the moon copy
What I love about Jordan’s shop is that it mixes more familiar brands with surprise offerings from regional designers or manufacturing partners.  Case and point are these scarves and caps by Portland based art duo, Made on the Moon.  Per Jordan, “[t]he designer here in Portland illustrated the pattern and worked with a craftsman in India to make a wood block print. The craftsman then carved the illustration into a wood block and prints the pattern on the fabrics by hand. The scarves are cut and sewn in India. For the caps the fabric was brought back to the States and cut and sewn into cap form in the USA.”

Webbing copy

Shaving Supplies

Apolis copy

Window display 2 copy

Books copy

Window display-2 copy

Archival Permanent – PDX

May 23rd, 2013

In Randonneuring, a perm is a permanent route you can schedule to ride at any time. On Saturday, I rode Michal Young’s scenic Alsea 200k loop with several friends from the Oregon Randonneurs. On Sunday, I dragged my friend Bruce up to Portland for what I would consider my favorite Archival shopping perm.  The loop starts somewhere around Eye Styles, migrates over to Little Tee for lunch followed by gabbing and gawking at Blake, coffee at Barista, more aspirational shopping at Lizard Lounge and than a post meal retreat to Cinema 21. Though I rarely make purchases on my perm, I  consistently catch and release the same evidential photos: Japanese eyewear, FWK Engineered Garments, heritage footwear,  denim and print ephemera from the movies.  Contact me if you wish to recreate my route.  I will provide you with a start time, a list of controls and a few informational questions to confirm that you followed the correct route.   Here is some evidence of participation from my weekend:

Theo taking a white line nap next to his lovely MAP custom 
Vanilla and Map randos outside John Boy’s Alsea Mercantile (via Theo Elliot)
Our rando mob (photo by Asta C.)
Bruce modeling Barton Perreira…
  …matching suede green Quoddy mocs
Croque Madame at Little Tee
Sport footwear check: Oak Street and Arche
Aspirational FWK at Blake
  A rare patch from the Jantzen swimwear company
Sam’s Yuketen boots 
Spot watch check: a Filson rep’s Marathon chronograph
Neil sampling frites and cidre at Irving Kitchen
Mildred Pierce at Cinema 21

Obsession – Brown’s Beach Vests and Jackets

March 28th, 2013

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Brown’s beach fabric, a unique wool-cotton blend, was developed in 1901 for general outdoor use.  This hard wearing, water repellent, slightly elasticized fabric was sewn up into simple vests and jacket styles which are still being made today by Japanese repro brands like Sugar Cane Co.  One can also source original, historical versions on ebay or through second hand, vintage hand dealers. Here’s a maroon Brown’s vest from the 1940s that sold for three thousand dollars on ebay.   According to this terrific post by Vintage Workwear, Brown’s Beach is the fabric that kept Admiral Byrd warm at the South Pole (“the best buy in warmth and comfort ever known”). 
Sugar Cane vest at Reveille
I first encountered the amazing Brown’s Beach fabric during a recent trip to Reveille in Portland.  The shop, which sells Japanese brands like Momotaro, Post O’Alls, Rising Sun and Self Edge, had a few vests and jackets on display.  I immediately fell in love with the brown’s beach vest, made by Sugar Cane Co.   In addition to the snug, body hugging “monkey” fit, the vest resembled my beloved  Woolrich, four pocket Railroad vest
Hefty, two ply weave with fuzzy, fleece facing

Brown’s Beach Lapel Jacket
Sugar Cane Lapel Jacket

Archival Field Trip – PDX

February 12th, 2013

Over the weekend, I made a quick trip up to Portland to shop for eyewear, catch a film and check in on a few of my favorite shops.  Here are some visual notes from the trip:
New S/S Engineered Garments at Blake
Brand obsession – Masunaga eyewear from Japan (via Blink)
Original Archival Flap Musette on tour 
Bike rack Ira Ryan custom porteur
Sugar Cane Brown Beach Jacket

Shopping for yet another Hario brewing device
Now Playing – Blue Velvet at Cinema 21

Update – Archival Pocket Tees

April 27th, 2012

For Spring/Summer, we’re releasing new archival tees with contrasting, color block pockets. Like our new striped and solid tees, the pocket tees are made of soft 7 oz cotton jersey, with chain-stitched neck tape, cover-stitched collar seam and double needle sewn hem.

For folks who prefer to go pocketless, here’s our custom knit, natural/red/navy stripe jersey tee.

Update – Archival Scarves and Tees

April 6th, 2012

We’re releasing Archival cotton jersey scarves and tees in new colors for Spring/Summer.

Our shirts are made of soft 7 oz cotton jersey, with chain-stitched neck tape, cover-stitched collar seam, double needle sewn hem and perfect fit – slim, not tight.

Crafted from the same cotton jersey as our Archival tees, the Archival scarves feature double turned edges, bar tacked at each of the corners.

Color notes: the new natural/red/navy stripe jersey was custom knit for Archival. It’s my new favorite colorway. And digital display does not do justice to the vibrancy of the new red tee which was produced from deadstock fabric from factory archives.

Made in Portland, Oregon

Indoor layering at the Portland Art Museum

Archival Field Trip – Portland

February 27th, 2012

Snap views from last month’s field trip up to PDX.

Coffee at The Fresh Pot

Pina in 3D – Cinema 21

Print ephemera at the S. Glass household

Jarom at Reveille (great source for Rising Sun & Mister Freedom)

Engineered Garments and Tellason denim at Blake

Made in USA daypack at Levi’s store

Jordan testing fit on my Post O’Alls vestlittle t american baker

Tanner Goods for Archival Canine Collar

December 14th, 2011

We asked Tanner Goods, a Portland based leather goods company, to make a special edition of their canine collar for Archival. Constructed from 9/10 oz Vegetable-dyed English Bridle leather, the Archival Canine Collar features a solid brass buckle and a heavy-duty welded D ring for attaching a leash. The edges are dyed, burnished and waxed by hand.

Tanner has added edge stitching for extra durability and visual effect.

With proper care the canine collar will last for years. And unlike synthetic collars with plastic hardware, the canine collar will look even better as it ages.

Dimensions: 1″ wide

Available in sizes S through XL

New: Archival Rugby Shirt

October 14th, 2011

We love wearing a classic rugby shirt as a casual, durable layer for rough work and play. Our new Archival Rugby Shirt, made just for us by Columbiaknit, can take the toughest treatment. The fabric is a traditional 10 ounce cotton jersey knitted in Portland, Oregon. It is incredibly soft but resilient. We’ve kept all the classic details — a continuously sewn placket, rubber buttons, and a drill cloth collar, but we trimmed up the fit to make for a perfect slim (but not tight) garment. Also, we have created a more refined hemmed sleeve so that it easily transitions to indoor events.

These Rugbys are perfect for wearing unlayered for a pick-up game of soccer or even (Tom’s favorite), rock climbing. The underarm gussets extend your arm’s range of motion.

We are offering our new Archival Rugby in our favorite navy-gray stripe colorway, but will be adding more colors throughout the season. Let us know if you have a historic favorite.