Tips for building the perfect vintage menswear collection
And how to keep your collection in tip top shape.
Keith Wagstaff, Details
It takes work to build a good vintage collection. You can't just walk into a shiny department store or simply point-and-click your way to a new wardrobe the way you can on the Internet. No, you have to sift through racks of clothing, pick up and carefully inspect pieces for defects, and nurse once-beautiful jackets back to health with the help of skilled professionals.
Douglass Gunn is a man who respects this process. He owns the Vintage Showroom in London, a shop-archive that houses stunning examples of early- to mid-20th-century menswear. This month Gunn and his associates released a book, Vintage Menswear: A Collection From the Vintage Showroom, a showcase for their fastidiously assembled collection of international workwear, military gear, and sports clothing, along with classic tailored pieces and countrywear from England.
The book's 300 illustrated pages will attract their fair share of stylists and designers interested in menswear history, but that doesn't mean that an ordinary man can't use them to find inspiration for his closet. We asked Gunn for five tips on how to assemble and care for a vintage collection of your very own.
1. Be patient.
With vintage, some things are worth waiting for. I have jackets in my personal collection that took me years to find. I guess in a world where nearly everything is just a click of a mouse away, the art of searching and waiting for something good is a valuable one.
2. Work with folks you trust.
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