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Archival Field Trip – Crescent Down Works

Crescent Down Works is one of those amazing northwest companies that is better known in Japan than in the US. Crescent was founded in 1974 as a custom down vest company in Seattle, WA. The company’s founder, Anne Michelson, got her start at Eddie Bauer another exemplary regional manufacturer. Crescent produces a tightly edited collection …

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Review: The Freeman Jacket

The kind folks at Freeman sent us a jacket to try out. They’re based in Seattle, and make the jacket out of their house – an impressive feat, since it’s sewn as professionally as anyone could ask. It’s made of a two-layer waterproof breathable, which, for those who didn’t memorize Patagonia catalogs as a child, …

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Shopping from the present: Cooperstown Ball Cap Co.

Tom sporting the short brimmed 1927 Portland Beavers Cap Last March I lamented the loss of the Cooperstown Ball Cap Co. To my relief, Cooperstown has resurfaced with a new focus on caps from minor league and non-professional leagues. Cooperstown Ballcap Co. manufactures reproduction caps from bygone eras using original methods and materials. These caps …

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Shopping from the Past: Yak Works Catalog

Here’s a shopping opportunity for vintage climbing packs and apparel from Seattle based Yak Works. AC reader Alan Wenker was kind enough to supply me with these original scans. Alan is interested in vintage backpacking apparel from 60s and 70s. Like Archival, Alan wants to see as many of these original catalogs made available for …

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Archival Field Trip: Hub and Bespoke

Last weekend we paid a visit to Hub and Bespoke in the Fremont district of Seattle, Washington. Unique among bike shops, there are no bicycles for sale at this stylish cycle boutique — just clothing and accessories . Co-owner Juliette, who has a background in product design and home textiles, stocks the shop with brands …

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Archival Field Trip: Seattle (July 2010)

Mr. United States of Americana U-District farmers market The Field House revisited Paseos (Ballard) Elliot Bay Bicycles Ballard Nautical Supplies Japanese magazines at Uwajimaya Sara, Bruce and I took a quick trip up to Seattle. Our primary mission was to visit friend Eliz and select buttons for our shawl collar sweater project. Unfortunately, a highway …

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Archival Field Trip: The Field House

by Lesli Larson and Sara Tripodi The opening of The Field House, Blackbird’s newest Ballard store, has already been well documented. Here are a few sample reports: We Are the Market; Blackbird’s own blog; SLAMXHYPE; Inventory; Secret Forts; Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. We stopped by for our own visit last Saturday. We were curious to see …

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Archival Field Trip: Filson Seattle

by Lesli Larson I’ve been visiting the Seattle Filson store since its factory and showroom were located on 1st Avenue, current site of Safeco Field. Though I’m intimate with the product line (past and present), I still like to stop by and inspect items first hand. Things that you ignored in the catalog might surprise …

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