Sunday, March 18, 2012

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 of down vests, jackets, parks, sweaters and children's clothing. I'm hugely fond of this down shirt. You can buy directly from Crescent or wishfully shop from Japanese web shops like Warehouse.

On Friday, Tom and I visited Nina, the Cutting Room Manager, to work out the details on a future Archival x Crescent collaboration (coming in Fall 2012). Here are some snap views from our visit.


North by Northwest vest in 60/40

A pint sized Italian vest

Orders packed for Japan

Special make up in wool herringbone

Best quality goose down from Pacific Coast Feather Co.


Kate F. said...

My urgent question: Did Tom manage to remember his duties as an uncle and snag one of those tiny vests for his very adorable nephew? Will model for clothes!

Lesli Larson said...

Alas - that model was a special make up headed for Japan. You might nudge him to place an order for one of these:

or these:

Simon Tuntelder said...

I can't wait to see the outcome! So exciting.

Best regards Simon

R4TH said...

also available at south willard in LA for the past few years

Lesli Larson said...


Indeed, South Willard is one of the few US stockists. Evidence of Crescent Down during my LA field trip a few weeks ago (love mix of direct sunlight and down garments):

Ray said...

Wool herringbone vest please!