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The Revival Clothing staff dressed-up for Midnight Madness in the company 'livery' at Pennsic 2006.
From the Left - Nicole, Jesse, Greg, Kathy, Pete, Jill and Christian

We started Revival Clothing because we saw a need for well-made, authentic, affordable, historical clothing within a business model where most styles are kept continually in stock. Our goal is to create garments that are flattering, functional, durable, and affordable while preserving a historical line. Each design is meant to be used as real clothing to be lived, played and worked in - they are both beautiful and serviceable garments - and because most styles are stocked you can have your medieval clothing, whether it be a complete head-to-toe outfit or that perfect accessory, in a few days.

Because there are very few surviving examples of medieval clothing our work must of necessity be interpretive. Working from museum fragments, illuminations, paintings, and written references we strive to combine elements common to a given style into a new garment that could be representative of the period while also being affordable. When we have to compromise for cost or function, these elements are noted in the reference booklet that accompanies each of our pieces. Finally, we test each piece for function, durability and comfort. The military garments are further tested on the field under the stress provided by experienced combatants.


The Revival Clothing Pavilion at Gulf Wars 2005

We select fabrics carefully, balancing research, function and color. We employ 100% natural fabrics, working mainly in linen, silk and wool, but employing cotton where necessary on some garments (like our Gambeson and forthcoming Pourpoint) for cost and durability.

We do at times accept custom orders based upon our production garments; colors, party-coloring, and custom fabrics are often available. Contact us directly via our customer service email for more information about this.


Designer - Nicole Allen

Nicole has a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati School of Fashion Design and has been professional clothing and costuming designer for close to twenty years. In conjunction with these professional skills she brings a lifelong passion for historical clothing and the romance of bygone eras they evoke, while her experiences as a reenactor and active member of the historical swordsmanship community gives her practical insight into both arming clothes and civilian clothes. She believes strongly in producing readily available clothing that fits and flatters with a period accurate look that is still comfortable to live and play in.

 

Designer - Jill Allen

Jill holds a masters degree in anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. Her love of history has spurred her interest in period clothing. She has been designing clothing since her teenage years and as with her participation in the the medieval reenactment community she has focused increasingly on researching and reconstructing medieval fashions. Her expertise in research is instrumental in our production of designs that are accurate to period and her wealth of experience with regard to pattern drafting, fit and design is fundamental to the quality garments that we produce.


Marketing / Web Designer - Christian Tobler

Christian Henry Tobler has been a longtime student of swordsmanship, especially as it applies to the pursuit of the chivalric ideals. A passionate advocate of the medieval Liechtenauer School, his work in translating and interpreting Sigmund Ringeck's commentary firmly established him as an important contributor to the growing community of Western martial artists. This work is encapsulated in the 2001 Chivalry Bookshelf title Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck's Commentaries on Johannes Liechtenauer's Verse, and Fighting with the German Longsword (Chivalry Bookshelf, 2004), a training guide for students of the Liechtenauer tradition. His most recent work is In the Service of the Duke, a full-color 1:1 scale reproduction, translation and analysis of the magnificent manuscript of Paulus Kal, a 15th c master at arms to the Duke of Bavaria.

A graduate of the University of Bridgeport's computer engineering program, he has worked as a software developer, web designer, product manager, and marketing specialist in the analytical instrumentation and publishing fields. He is the Grand Master of the Order of Selohaar, an eclectic, mystic order of chivalry that he co-founded in 1979. A veteran of 20 years of tournament fighting, he is also an avid collector of reproduction costume, arms, and armour. He has been focused on the study of medieval fechtb├╝cher (fight books) since the late 1990's and has taught classes at the annual Schola St. George Swordplay Symposiums, at the annual Western Martial Arts Workshops, and has traveled the United States teaching his own weekend long seminars. He has also lectured at the Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Christian brings his knowledge of period fighting arts and his experience as a tournier to bear in his work with the Revival team.

 


Researcher / Author - Greg Mele

Greg has had an abiding love for "all things medieval" since early childhood, a passion he firmly blames on his father for subjecting him to far too many Technicolor swashbucklers and epic movies at an early age. At 16 he became involved in medieval reenactment through the Society for Creative Anachronism, remaining an enthusiastic member for 14 year and a periodic participant at events to this date. He also melded his love of history into his collegiate studies, where he graduated with degrees in Ancient/Medieval History and Journalism. His period of interest is the 12th - 14th centuries, with a particular interest in the Plantagenets, the Crusader Kingdoms, Italy at the birth of the Renaissance, and the documentation and reconstruction of medieval martial arts.

 

Greg discovered his first historical western martial arts text in 1992 of an (a 1899 edition collecting the fencing treatises of George Silver) and he began to rigorously hunt down similar manuscripts, and like-minded individuals, becoming a pioneer in the burgeoning Western Martial Arts (WMA) community. In 1999 he co-founded the Chicago Swordplay Guild to create a formal sala d'armi to study historical medieval European swordsmanship and its adjunct arts and organized and hosted the first Western Martial Arts Workshop as an attempt to promote these arts amongst practitioners throughout North America. With Luca Porzio, Greg is also the co-author of Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi: The 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi (Chivalry Bookshelf, 2003), contributor to SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship (Chivalry Bookshelf, (2003) and has presented several papers at at the Kalamazoo Medieval Conference. Greg combines his love of research, writing and medieval stuff in his work for Revival Clothing.


 

Kathy Henry - Design Assistant

Kathy is an experienced seamstress and tailor, whose pleased to be able to combine her professional skills with her interests in medieval reenactment. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT), and has worked at helping to design and construct costumes in various theaters around Chicago-land, most notably the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Today, she continues to pursue her interests in medieval clothing and culture through her role as Revival's Design Assistant, and through her involvement in the Chicago SCA community.

 


 

 

Jesse Kulla - Staff Photographer

Jesse became a Professional photographer in 2001 and joined the Revival Clothing team shortly after. Originally he focused on portrait photography. Shortly after this he fell in love with digital SLR cameras and Photoshop. This allowed him combine his love of photography with his other passion, Western Martial arts. Since then, Jesse has branched out, and now focuses on action photography in addition to being Revival Clothing's staff photographer. Jesse has been studying history since he was a young man, as well as Norse and Greek mythology. In 1999 he became a member of the Chicago Swordplay Guild, where he has since risen to the level of instructor. He says that he fell in love with the idea of Revival Clothing the moment it came into existence and from the beginning, we have relied on his photos to portray our designs on the webpage.

 


Doug Strong - Talbot's Fine Accessories

An avid medievalist, Doug has been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism since 1983, where as both a Laurel and a Knight, he is known as Sir William Talbot (formerly Talbot Mac Taggart). Throughout that time he has been active in recreating the objects used in the Middle Ages, with a focus on armour, shoes and jewelry. Through Talbot's Fine Accessories, Doug was one of the first people to introduce period footwear, cast findings, buttons and spurs to the North American reenactment community. A collector of medieval and Renaissance antiquities, he now has over six thousand authentic pieces in his collection. Perhaps the most unique part of the Talbot's line is the many products that are cast directly off of original pieces in Doug's own collection!

Outside of the reenactment community, Doug has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Speech and Medieval And Renaissance Studies from Cornell College, A Master of Science in Communication Education and Performance Studies from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in Special Education from National-Louis University and a Master of Arts in School Administration at Northeastern Illinois University. A high school principal, he is currently working on his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at National-Louis University. He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children.


The Revival Clothing Team at Pennsic 2012


The Revival Clothing Team at Pennsic 2011



 
The Revival Clothing Team at Pennsic 2009
 
 
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