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Archival Field Trip – San Francisco

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Archival Field Trip: San Francisco

December 15th, 2010

VO Mixte in the window at Box Dog Bikes.

Last weekend, Archival Clothing was in San Francisco for Showmanship, a holiday pop up show hosted by the gents at the Durable Goods Concern. I’m starting to think San Francisco might be my favorite city. I cannot think of another place that better localizes my obsessions for coffee, bicycles, and clothing. Not an hour off the plane, I had my first pourover coffee, visited a bike shop with a Velo Orange mixte in the window and browsed hickory striped chore coats at Al’s Attire.

At Showmanship, we had a great time meeting AC readers, flickr contacts and Bay Area friends. We also reconnected with a few of our favorite retailers including Taylor Stitch, AB Fits, Box Dog Bikes and Unionmade.

Here are some snap portraits of folks we met over the weekend:

Riv list friend in Filson Trucker jacket. Future Redwing Heritage boots owner.

Sightglass Barista wearing custom denim apron by by Holly Samuelson.

Michael (Taylor Stitch) in A.C. shawl collar cardigan.

Garrett carrying one of his custom, Strawfoot Handmade waxed totes.

Design and marketing student fit testing A.C. shawl collar cardigan.

Wm J Mills & Co. rep, Tom Beatty, and his family of bags.

A.C. shawl collar cardigan in navy multiweave, XXS fit (coming soon).

Naz modeling our gray shawl. Not pictured: his envy inducing Lumix GF1.

ST and Bradley gawking over his rare bird, orange Rivendell Quickbeam.

Fatted Calf vendor at market wearing my new favorite Barbour, the quilted, super spare Middleburn.

He looked handsome in every shawl collar colorway.

Me in Showmanship shopkeep ensemble: Mubec/Dry Bones jacket, Saint James scarf, Filson whipcord trousers and Crockett and Jones Yarmouth lace-ups.

Nathan in unidentified plaid shirt.

farm:table barista and her new A.C. rucksack.

And some additional visual data points:

Woolrich John Rich and Bros. wool shadowplaid jacket for women at Ab Fits.

Bob Jackson custom and A. Homer Hilsen bicycles parked outside Showmanship.

Deadstock Wolverines from Goodbye Heart vintage.

Bradley’s Ricoh GR.

Pack basket at the Embarcadero Center.

A hearty thanks to the show organizers (Taylor Stitch’s Barrett, Jeremy, Michael & Co.) and everyone who came by to say hello or provided restaurant and digital camera recommendations (Ricoh GR or Lumix GF1?).

Archival Field Trip – Unionmade, San Francisco

February 24th, 2010

Unionmade was one of our top destinations while in San Francisco last month. Todd has been getting lots of good press for his new store, and we wanted to swing through a take a look for ourselves. Well – with a list of products like this, it’s hard to go wrong, but it’s even better than expected thanks to the flawless presentation. It’s a comfortable store, not too crowded nor too sparse, and Todd’s long history in retail really shows. I was most excited about getting my hands on elusive Armor-Lux products, but it was also great to see a wide range of SNS Herning knits, Steele Canvas baggage, and even some bags from our neighbor in Portland, Chester Wallace.

Todd – the knowledgeable and gracious owner of Unionmade – tries on an Archival Clothing Flap Musette.

As soon as we saw the McIntosh stereo set-up, we knew we’d be in good hands.

Gitman and Armor-Lux shirting.

Lynn and Sara were captivated by this industrial-scale Steele Canvas tote, appropriate for serious farmer’s market visits, child transport, or bank robberies.

I became enraptured with this tomato-red Armor-Lux sweater.

Ever ready in a crisis, the Archival Clothing team was even able to help this young gent decide on the SNS Herning sweater best suited to his slight frame. He’s pictured above in Lesli’s Stark Cardigan, but we have the feeling that he went home with a zipper-front model – well done, sir.

Archival Review: Man Up San Francisco

February 14th, 2010

Two weeks ago, the Boulder and Eugene arms of Archival Clothing converged on San Francisco for a winter meeting. As it were, our visit corresponded with the Man Up menswear pop up market. Since we spend so much time browsing old catalogs and flickr photostreams, it was terrific to make contact with people behind some of the brands and shops we love. Highlights for us were our visits with Howard and John at the A-B Fits booth and the fine folks behind the shirting company, Taylor Stitch.

Howard of A-B Fits testing the fit of my SNS Herning cardigan

Rising Sun & Co. denim

John in the A-B Fits booth

Vest obsession

Although the show was billed as a menswear market, we were encouraged to find a few top quality clothing options for women including the Rising Sun & Co. chambray vest. With a little tailoring, I’m pretty sure I could have made the size small fit perfectly. But I’m holding out for a promised version for women. Front pocketing reminds me of one my favorite outdoor garments, the Filson original tin cloth hunting vest.

Browsing the A-B Fits Booth

Custom shirts for Archival Clothing

Shoulder slope calculator

Michael in P.G. Field vest (secured in Scotland)

Taylor Stitch Booth

We’re very excited about the custom shirts Taylor Stitch will be creating for Lynn, Tom and me. At the show, our measurements were taken and we were instructed to select fabric from an overwhelming range of swatches. The details will be transmitted to the third generation US company who manufactures the shirts for Taylor Stitch. Since it’s nearly impossible to find a well tailored, American-made shirt for women, we have high hopes for the Taylor Stitch product. We’ll post a follow-up review once our shirts arrive. We’d love to see this kind of custom clothing service expanded to include pants and coats (ala Al’s Attire). It would give women who like heritage style clothing a chance to source many of the same garments already readily available to gents (khakis, please!) .

Vintage French Rebour saddle (outside the show)

Jeremy and his vintage Aldens

I spoke with Jeremy (one of Man Up’s impressarios) about possibly staging a similar show in the Northwest–in the fall. It would great to bring together many of the regional manufacturers and purveyors from the Portland, Seattle and Vancouver areas. We’d be there line with our full lines of bags and perhaps a few items for women.

Heritage overload

Full flickr set here.

Archival Field Trip – Wistful Shopping at Al’s Attire

February 6th, 2010

Al’s Attire, found in the Italian neighborhood of San Francisco, is a full-custom experience. They can make-to-measure or make a new garment from scratch, so you’re guaranteed a perfect fit on your wingtip boots, railroad jacket, or shawl-collared peacoat. It was pretty stupendous stuff – absolutely unquestionable quality, gorgeous details, and lovely materials.

I fell pretty hard for this monkey-fitting railroad jacket, made with deadstock herringbone denim. After careful consideration, I figured that I’d better pay the rent rather than buy the jacket, so we went off to bury my sorrows in tiny, almond-flavored cookies and a massive mille feuille at a nearby Italian bakery.

Full flickr set on Al’s Attire here.

Archival Field Trip: San Francisco (1/2010)

February 2nd, 2010

by Lesli Larson

Archival Clothing made a quick trip to San Francisco over the weekend to see friends, visit shops, show bags and attend Andrea Marcovicci’s Johnny Mercer tribute. As it were, our visit corresponded with the opening of MAN UP, a menswear pop-up store on Market St. In the next few posts, we’ll document our finds. For now, here’s a quick visual review.