Sunday, June 27, 2010

Archival Baggage: Chester Wallace Tote

Our Portland friend, Patrick Long, makes a terrific tote under the badge Chester Wallace . We ordered a few Chester Wallace bags for our web shop in my favorite summer nautical color combination: navy and yellow (for a knitwear example, see these SNS Herning sweaters for Comme des Garcons).

Chester Wallace tote available through Archival Clothing

A year ago, I saw my first Chester Wallace tote (in original canvas duck) at Canoe, a highly curated design shop selling items with a "lasting aesthetic". Jordan Saylor also stocks Patrick's bags at Winn Perry.

Grey waxed twill Chester Wallace totes at Winn Perry

Patrick came up with the design for his tote/carry-all over 20 years ago. He showed us an original sample during a Spring field trip to his studio.

Patrick w/his ur-tote

I love how the Chester Wallace tote becomes a template for experiments in color and fabric. Every time I see a new color variation or fabric test, I think: this the best one yet. For most of his stock bags, Patrick makes use of the same waxwear waxed cotton fabric Archival Clothing uses for our musettes, totes and rucksacks. However, Patrick is playing w/ textiles like Schoeller, Ventile and a stunning, heat sealable, polyurethane fabric used for emergency aircraft slides called Uretek.

Uretek fabric sample (for blimps and airships)

Denim experiment

The Chester Wallace tote comes with both nylon carry-handle and a detachable shoulder strap. Patrick has equipped the bag with a small external pocket and two internal pockets. All Chester Wallace totes have reinforced seams and come with a heavy duty reinforced nylon bottom--one of the bag's principal visual signatures. The totes are sewn in Portland, Oregon.

Archival Clothing should have our Chester Wallace totes available for sale in our web shop by the end of the week.

Addendum: By day, Patrick works as an accomplished freelance illustrator. In an email, he mentioned that he was busy working on an animated fish for a cat food commercial. Here's another example of his work -- a holiday poster for the Oregon Lottery:

Evidence of a day job


Dr Codfish said...

Screw the totes! Lets get back to talking bicycles!

Good job at OBM, and your not a slow poke, shoot I think you guys arrived et la fini with more than an hour in hand, right?

More to the point, see my review of the Acorn M/L seatbag at Also a pic of my Tournesol at the bottom of the front page.

Cheers, Dr C

Lesli Larson said...

Hey C-fish! Thanks for your kind words--and most importantly, your terrific ride support on OBM. We miss you. Couldn't you stop by work with a nice cold can of coca cola for me in a few hours??

Loved your photos of the ride. Here are mine:

Hope to see you on a brevet soon (just not a 1000k in September...maybe something in the 300k range).