Field Notes

Entries from September 2008

Idea File:

“field notes” (lowercase F & N)

September 24th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

“Field notes modeled after sociology field notes handbound into a book modeled after a hipster notebook company’s take on sociology field notebooks.”

We’re hipsters? Is that possible? We’re like 40 and stuff.

Neat project, but stop shattering our illusion of integrity. Forget you ever saw this. Consume! For America!

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Retail Additions:

Eh, Ya!

September 22nd, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Welcome The Original Paper-Ya to the ever-growing community of FIELD NOTES retailers. Paper-Ya can be found at #9, 1666 Johnston Street in the NetLoft building on scenic Granville Island, across from Vancouver’s Public Market.

Find our other 23 procurement centers here, or Email Michele if you’ve got some open counter space and want to get in on the ground floor of FIELD NOTES distribution.

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Field Notes In Action:

Take a hike

September 22nd, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Ewa Powell at Winkbox says:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve long ago given up on finishing a journal. I love to start them, but after about ten pages I start feeling like my sketchbook or journal is turning out lame and I want to start a new one.

But things might be changing for me.

Ewa used FIELD NOTES to document a 5-day 40-mile backpacking trek on the Appalachian Trail through the Smoky Mountains, featuring Cherokees in minivans, bears, and pooping in the woods (thanks to Ewa, we now know FIELD NOTES can serve as makeshift toilet roll.)

The best part? Ewa converted her funny, entertaining, curse-filled journal to a .pdf (with photos). This is the first complete FIELD NOTES travel journal .pdf we’ve seen, but we’d sure love to see more! Take it from Ewa, it’s not hard to fill 48 pages, especially if you use a few pages for personal hygiene.

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Field Notes In Action:

Old-fashionable

September 19th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Check out the back pocket of the model on the back cover of the current Barneys New York “Denim” mailer. That sighting was just as surprising as seeing FIELD NOTES in Lego Club Magazine in June, but more mysterious, If you’re the operative that made it happen, drop us a line!

Thanks also for links from:

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Retail Additions:

Philly’d Notes

September 19th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

\"Let Freedom Ring!\"

Pardon the obscure quote, my only exposure to Philadelphia is the Dead Milkmen and this Ween gem. Anyways, we’re really happy to announce our newest retailer, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, which is a really sweet online clothing store opening a storefront (116 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215.922.2600) in November. So check ‘em out, They don’t have any Def Leppard or Mötley Crüe shirts, but I bet you can find a shirt you like, and Field Notes. For America.

If you’re not in Philadelphia, there are 22 other shops waiting to instantly gratify you, and there’s always our online sales center.

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Vintage Memo Book Archive:

Kinney’s Famous “639″

September 9th, 2008 by Aaron

Ask For Kinney\'s Famous \"639\"

Here’s a memo book from one of the greatest American shoes retailer from back in the day: Kinney’s Shoe Stores.

The brainchild of George Romanta Kinney, he revolutionized the retail footwear industry by “offering popularly priced shoes to working Americans.” We like the sound of that. This all started out in 1894, in a little town in upstate New York. He grew that first little store into a one hell of a business, and 50 years later, the string of regional stores were crafted into a nationwide chain. Even more success followed, with mergers and new subsidiaries. So little over a century later, with billions in revenues, tons of stores nationwide and all sorts of slick spinoffs like Susie Casuals and Foot Locker under their belt, “Black September” of 1998 fell, and Kinney’s closed their many doors.

So get a load of the memo book we’re featuring today. These were items that were given out to customers in the stores. A way to advertise. Some added value. Functional. Useful.

A good way of going about things, if you ask us.

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Field News:

Catching up with links

September 4th, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Greetings, FIELD NOTES friends. It’s been a while since we thanked our blogger friends, so without further ado, thanks to:

One of those is sort of a funny/snarky semi-negative review, but I’m not going to tell you which. And in the comments of another, I learned all about the Pencil Museum in Cumbria, England. Time for a FIELD NOTES field trip! Thanks again, everyone, “KEEP ON FIELD-NOTING.” (That slogan could use some work.)

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Retail Additions:

New: Chicago “WILL-CALL” window

September 3rd, 2008 by Bryan Bedell

Come visit Jen

The other day, someone called to ask if we sell FIELD NOTES at our Chicago HQ to save the cost of shipping. We said, “Sure, come on over.” Then we quietly added our address to the “Retail Locations” page and got another call five minutes later. It was what they call a “‘duh’ moment.”

Our FIELD NOTES distribution center ain’t as pretty as the other boutiques and small-engine-repair shops that sell our product, but if you don’t mind a couple flights of stairs, we’d be happy to sell you some.

Our address is 400 North May Street, Suite 301 (buzz Coudal Partners), and we’re here Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm (closed holidays).

We accept cash or credit card in person, or if you’d like to speed things up even faster, place your order online and select “Local Pickup” as your shipping option:

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