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Archival Undergarments

Best quality shirts and shorts from 1949 I love brands that draw inspiration from original, specific historical examples.  The product range for Choctaw Ridge, a company specializing in traditional undergarments, looks like it was extracted from the pages of the Montgomery Wards 1949 catalog.  The star of the Choctaw line up is their traditional, yoke …

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Archival Resolutions 2012

1. Decide that quality matters and pay for it. In the end, it will save you time and money. 2. Before you buy, be selective. Scrutinize items for build quality, fit, finish, functionality and lasting style. If an item is not perfect, catch and release it. 3. Do more with less. Add a few key …

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Shopping from Japan: Dry Bones Pharaoh Coat

Dry Bones is a terrific clothing company out of Tokyo, Japan. While their primary focus is on denim, Dry Bones also makes beautiful, 50’s inspired outerwear. My favorite is this insulated, wool tweed car coat (google unreliably translates the model name as “Pharaoh“). I love the two-tone flecked wool, exposed 2-way zip and knit ribbed …

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Shopping from 1933: LL Bean

I just received my LL Bean Spring 1933 catalog in the mail (egregious delivery delays!). I’m forwarding along to Archival readers in need of last minute moccasin sandals, pack baskets, tackle kits, Maine fishing coats, tobacco pouches or fly rod outfits for their August camps. To order your goods, complete the form below and send …

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Shopping From The Present: CHINO ALERT

Heads up, chino lovers: Context Clothing is blowing out the exceptional Dickies 1922 Collection trousers at half-price. See our thorough review. Highly recommended, if you aren’t looking for a slim fit. Also, the gent on eBay with a container full of vintage Hunting World clothing is still selling those terrific chinos for only $25. Don’t …

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Archival Essential: Wool Blankets

MacAusland’s Wool Throws We love woolen garments and accessories. We obsess over pure new wool. We prefer wool over almost any other fabric because of its warmth and durability and because it retains its natural beauty over its long life. We believe, and can testify from experience, that an investment in wool pays off generously. …

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Archival Industry: William Doxford and Sons

by Tom BonamiciA friend of Archival Clothing pointed me towards this incredible set of images showing the plant of William Doxford and Sons in the late 1950s. Follow the link to get more history on Wm. Doxford, one of the biggest British shipyards of the 20th century. I’m wowed by the scale of the operations …

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Archival Knitwear: Devold of Norway

Steamer Crew A Fisherman at home Devold Blue Marine sweater w/zip Devold Blue Marine sweater w/crew neck Devold Nansen sweater w/high neck Devold Islender Sweater I love the look of SNS Herning knitwear, but if you need economical Scandinavian woolens for your ice-cap expedition, try Devold of Norway. I’ve been using Devold Aquaduct baselayers for …

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