NEW YORK DENIM DAYS

On September 30th – October 1st New York will host the first annual New York Denim Days Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, and we will be there!

As long term friends of the Kingpins Shows and the Amsterdam Denim Days event, we were extremely excited with the jump across the pond to New York!

MR FISH

Michael Fish, the man behind the brand Mr Fish, set a new standard for men’s tailoring in the 1960’s. His designs were colorful, controversial and were as much referencing to historical tailoring as they were forward thinking. It quickly established a cult following consisting of the rock and pop aristocracy of London.

FUTURE HUNTER GATHERER PT 2

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We have been working with Orta Anadolu on various projects over the last six years, and this tale of Intergalactic space tribes and denim clad nomads has been our favourite so far. Usually our projects for Orta have had more of a heritage, historic feel about them, so it has been fun to place our latest collection into Outer Space. In design terms if you are either the Flintstones or the Jetsons then usually we are firmly planted in Bedrock, but for this concept we are the Jetsons!

MOD

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Nice early 60s English, cape buck suede, Modernist slip on shoes. Something ‘the Dean’ or even a young George Skeggs would’ve been happy to be seen sporting on the corner of Frith St and Old Compton St.

FUTURE HUNTER GATHERER

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Future-hunter-gatherers, these deconstructed denim-clad nomads and intergalactic tribes are from our latest capsule collection for Orta which will be shown in full at the Barcelona Denim Premiervision show on the 18th-19th of May.

The collection was designed by Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett, taking reference from the extensive archive at The Vintage Showroom. Rare utilitarian and military garments were reinterpreted using Orta fabrics in Istanbul. The garments were then washed and treated at Everest Textile Technologies in Italy.

Photo shoot starring: Assa, Eloise, Adam and Noah (NII agency)
Photographer – Nic Shonfeld, assistant – Lovisa Ranta, stylist – Harris Elliot, styling assistant – Mimi Fresh, hair – Johnny Russell, MUA – Riona O’Sullivan, Headreses – Polly Playford, Creative Direction – The Vintage Showroom.

With special thanks to Alberto Solito and all the team from Everest for all their help and support in realising our ideas in their beautiful treatments and washes for the collection.

DEAR JOHNNY-LETTERS HOME FROM SWEDEN 1977

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Credit where credit is due, it’s down to the beady eyes of Dave Carroll from La Rocka, who spotted the striking similarity of this mid-century American tux with one worn by John Lydon on the Sex Pistols 1977 Swedish tour. Both jackets are cut from a yellow silk damask fabric with black silk revers, and turn back cuffs. Lydon’s undoubtedly an original 50s one also, has been modified by being crudely cropped in half, turning it into an almost razored bolero.

TVS for ORTA ANADOLU (ARCTIC WHITES/REBEL BLUES)

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This year we collaborated on two projects with our good friends at Orta; Rebel Blues and Arctic Whites, which were showcased at Denim by PV in Barcelona last month to an amazing reaction! From the initial concept meetings with Orta we wanted to showcase some of the huge range of fabrics that they offer their customers by developing two separate collections.

BIBENDUM Vs STAY PUFT MARSHMALLOW MAN

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A cross between the Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (RIP Harold Ramis) and Michelin’s Bibendum, the much scarier of the two to those familiar with William Gibson’s pattern recognition. These are in fact Air Ministry survival suits for British pilots, and are kapok filled for both warmth and buoyancy.

REVISITING LARRY DAGGER’S MUGSHOTS SHOWROOM VOL.II IS COMING…

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Whilst it Our recent attentions have temporarily turned in favour of preparing to launch the SHOWROOM Publication Vol.II. Yep, it’s with the printers and will be in stores in the not too distant future. For those unfamiliar with this, last year we published a ‘conceptual mood and reference’ project packed full of moody style shoots, obscure scribings and curious doodlings. Such was the fantastic reception, we did it again.