STORY Nov 17, 2016
Coming to Archie Mcphee in Seatle again
My relationship with pigeon masks can be summarized in time order as below:
February 2013, I bought the mask (and became a pigeon)
August to November 2013, I held a large number of pigeon mask wearing events (where attendants became pigeon)
July 2015, I visited the store that were selling pigeon masks (I went to the hometown of the pigeon mask)
And this time, I visited the headquarter of the company that is manufacturing pigeon masks. The company is enormous, more than what I expected. Especially its warehouse.
What is Archie Mcphee?
Before entering this article I want to give you a description of Archie Mcphee. Beside manufacturing and selling the pigeon masks that I bought in bulk, the company also sells weird stuffs. No, it only sells weird stuffs.
The masks were birds or horses, but now it feels like it has come to the next stage where new products were created under the motif of barking wolves or mantis.
Products with unfamiliar names such as racoon or praying mantis.
Beside masks, the company also manufactures a lot of dolls and small stuffs.
Shaking dolls to put on top of car dashboards
Bacon ornament and tape.
You should take a look at this site for more details, but to sum up, it is a company that has the courage to sell such cool stuffs for 30 years. It's awesome.
The name of the brand is Archie Mcphee and the name of the company that manufactures and distributes the products was Accoutrements. If you look this word up in a dictionary, you will find it defined as "things to wear beside main clothes". That may be true for the pigeon mask.
So that's all for the introduction of Archie Mcphee.
The Seatle factory that levels with Boeing
When David, who guided me through the company tour last year, came back, he said that he would show me around the warehouse next time. Oh, of course I would love to see it.
Americans don't use "shakojirei", Japanese word for a polite or diplomatic way of putting things (and so do I), so I sent an email boldly asking if I could visit their office when I went to Seatle again.
I received an "OK" response right away. However, they said that the office is located 40-minute car ride away from the center of Seatle.
When I tried searching the location of the headquarter, it turns out it is near the Boeing factory that the other day Ms. Betsuyaku wrote about. The 2 big Seatle factories are located in the North of Seatle (I will clarify that this expression is not a joke in the next pages)
So off I went from the center of Seatle by Lyft (a transportation network company like Uber), feeling so good.
I went with a big paper head with my face on it just to be interesting. Dressed up.
I got to meet David Wahl, the guy who welcomed me in the store last time.
Actually, as I folded the paper head and brought it with me (I wouldn't have been able to get in the car with the finished version), and spent about 20 minutes assembling it in the parking lot before entering the company.
Freedom! Unexpectedly I could feel America - the country of freedom.
At that time, David showed up with a glancing face but we acted as if there were no reunion and took a welcoming photo all over again.
Thoughtfulness is worldwide.
In front of welcome board.
Of course, he had fun wearing the mask.
We stayed at the entrance of the company for a while, taking turns wearing the mask to take picture. That's right, I even learnt the sentence "We are getting along!" to say to David but I was so excited that I forgot to say it.
But you can tell we are getting along just by looking at the photos, so it's alright.
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