Sunday, 28 October 2012

Reading... Vintage Menswear

Formed in 2007, the destination showroom and one of a kind resource that is The Vintage Showroom, was the realised dream of two fanatical enthusiasts of vintage clothing. Founders, Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett, spend countless months of every year trawling through dilapidated barns, warehouses and outhouses all around the world in order to add to their vast collection of rarities. They enjoy the hunt, the romance, and the deliberate utility found in each garment. Their shared unquenchable thirst for sartorial artifacts has led to The Vintage Showroom becoming one of the leading resources for vintage menswear in the UK, with the ever growing archive covering the early mid 20th century and specialising in international work, military and sports clothing, classic English tailoring and country wear.

Whilst their own inviting Earlham Street store continues to receive accolades and awards, their definitive collection has become a must see destination for fashion designers and stylists from around the world. It is is available to purchase or hire from as preferred, however no photography or sketching is permitted. Appointments are necessary and limited. However, last month a selection of the archive was published in the title ‘Vintage Menswear – A Collection From The Vintage Showroom.’ Joined by freelance style writer Josh Sims, Gunn and Lockett offer unprecedented access to a rare collection in a beautifully presented hard back. No appointment necessary.

Featuring one hundred and thirty of the most influential examples of twentieth century European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design, the book is divided in to the three subsections of sportswear, workwear and militaria and covers everything from 1940s flying jackets to polar exploration suits, Phantom Racing jackets to Native American Varsity jackets and Japanese peasants Boro jackets to vintage French denims. These are items that reflect real lives of real people. With holes and patches they each tell a story. They are precious and genuine artifacts of what men wore in the early 20th century to work, to war, and to play. Thanks to the stunning photography each selection showcases the designs in concept, shape and cut. Below are just a few of the pages that caught my eye...


In addition to being a valuable resource and inspiration, 'Vintage Menswear' is a book to get utterly lost in.


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Matthew Spade said...

i was telling my mate about this the other day, seems like a great reference book. i actually nipped in there the other day for a nose, alas no photos

Syed said...

Had this on my Amazon Wishlist since pre-order, I really need to pick it up. The look of the leathers is so good.

Unknown said...

Those clothes are definitely vintage! the hat & gloves look so warm too! don't make um like that anymore :)

Unknown said...

Fashion is changes within three to four months and you can have something new. Nowadays vintage kind of clothes are more in demand. Besides fashion, these clothes are too warm as well.
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Unknown said...

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away free. I love seeing website that understands the value of providing a quality resource for free.
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