Thursday, 26 May 2011

Why I love Vintage

I don't know if you know, but I own a vintage shop...or I suppose soon I will only be able to say, I sell vintage clothes. My shop should be closed within the week, and while I would be lying to say I am not disappointed, and a bit sorry for the people that will be let down by this, I know I tried everything to keep it going. This isn't a diary however so we will leave my feelings on it for somewhere else. The reason I mention my shop closing is that it kind of helps to make my point. I will still be selling vintage both through my website and my ASOS boutique, I guess you could say the next part of my journey is to sell online, step out from the monstrous weight that is having an expensive shop, and take the next step, which I think may contain some design. A collection to sit alongside the hand picked vintage, I know I should be excited, and I will be, but for now, my shop should be closed within the week. 

All this talk is inspired by my latest vintage purchase, it epitomises perfectly what I love about vintage, it tells a story, it's had it's own journey. Its a jacket once owed by someone named Paul. Paul was in the US Navy, and more specifically aboard the USS.Biddle between the years 85-86, just before I was born. Paul was a Libra. I know all this because he had embroidered on his jacket, my jacket. On a tour of the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, he collected flag patches from most of the ports he stopped at and had them stitched to his jacket, my jacket. I admit its rare to find such a complete story from your vintage pieces, but its wonderful when you do. That is why I love vintage. They have a history, have been part of other peoples lives and nobody else at the party will have one like you.


  1. Hi Greg, Jen Kilgour (artist who took photos of you all last year) here. So sorry to hear your shop is to close. But onwards and upwards, eh?!

    Also sorry I haven't been in touch regarding the paintings I was planning to do from said photos. I've just been so busy with other work I haven't been able to pick up a brush too much of late. However, that is starting to remedy itself and hopefully I shall be able to start to get a collection together and have a show.

    I'll let you know when I'm finally getting there. Good luck with the online shop. It's the way to go these days and I'm sure it'll be a great success.

    All the best,

  2. That is probably the best jacket I've seen in my life so far.

  3. Your jacket is great, such a fab find!


  4. sweet jacket and good luck in your new venture.

  5. i'd wear that jacket in a heartbeat