Carrying on a tradition of carrying gear

Those constructing the future often look to the past: to build a nation, one must learn Greek philosophy, and to build a relationship with anyone living East of the Willamette, one must learn to knit a cozy for homemade canned goods. Looking back so that you might carry stuff: Archival Clothing bags.

From a group of Eugene area academics (including one PhD!), Archival began as a historically based fantasy-shopping blog, then morphed into a pusher of old-style portage meticulously researched from film, photos, and the dusty pages of aged catalogs, whose "Bloomers" section is still disturbingly stuck together. All bags share waxed twill, Horween leather deets, bar-tacked stress points, and inside seams smoothed & finished w/ custom bias tape, starting with smallish grab-'n-go musettes (based on mid-century cycling & war accessories, their adjustable straps sport military-grade webbing); the brand-new three-pocket Field, partly inspired by traditional Brit fishin' gear, with a flap hiding a brass RiRi zipper protecting a "cavernous interior"; and a drawstring'd, rucksack-like hybrid of classic canoe packs & once-standard Boy Scout Yuccas, padded to prevent bag droop, something that should never be anywhere near Boy Scouts. Ultra-utilitarian offerings commissioned from Steele Canvas Co. (and pulled from their archives) include a sturdily based, un-dyed canvas duck (GO DUCKS!) basket tote, plus a larger, square-bottomed janitor's tote that can hold a week of dirty laundry, or Don Henley, thus making it easier to kick him when he's down.

Archival intends on living up to the "Clothing" claim by augmenting their old-timey high shawl-collar cardigans with a classic non-shawl version, plus a waxed jacket rough-and-tumble enough for working your backyard farm...wait, you don't have one? Oh, this just isn't going to work out at all.