At a glance: Archival Clothing is a collection of highly functional and durable clothing, bags and accessories for men and women, that manages to be aesthetically pleasing while still being utterly utilitarian.
Who’s behind the brand? Lesli Larson and Tom Bonamici originally started with a blog where they researched, field tested and reviewed heritage apparel. Eventually they decided to produce a line that would be up to the standards they promoted on the blog.
What do they do? Archival Clothing is about the basics, they make (in their own words) “durable objects that are practical and free of complications”. This functionality doesn’t come at any aesthetic cost though, as their goods are just as thoughtfully designed as they are manufactured. Their standout products are the heavy duty waxed canvas bags and backpacks, but they have all your basic needs covered, from knit caps to dopp kits to sweatshirts and belts.
Where are they based? Founders Tom and Lesli run Archival Clothing out of Eugene, Oregon, though the office and web store are managed out of Boulder Colorado. All their fabrics are from a family-owned dying and finishing house in the US, their leather is from the Horween tannery in Chicago, and they even try to locally source zippers and other findings when possible.
Editors’ favorites from the line? These guys have a huge collection of goods, and because they are all exceptionally well designed basics, we can see a place in our lives for most of it so it’s hard to choose favorites. Still, we would have to go with one of their Waxed Rucksacks, preferably in grey.
What materials do they use? They use a unique cotton webbing which is custom woven for Archival Clothing, initially very stuff, it breaks in to be incredibly supple without losing any of its toughness. They also work with leather, wool, knit cotton, canvas and leather.
Where can I get the goods? On their own website, and also at various online multi-brand stores including: Hickoree’s, Lyonstate, Rue + State, as well as elsewhere at countless brick & mortar stores all over the world.