Pattern Recognition is an exploration of fabric, pattern, print and design through a curated capsule collection launching in Selfridges London. Analysing rare and original antique items of pre-worn and deadstock clothing, interwoven with re-designed military and utility pieces from the Archive. Restored, repurposed and reimagined by The Vintage Showroom.
For our second installment available at Selfridges London we have continued to play with our obsession with camouflage, taking inspiration from hand-painted pieces from our archive. Together with an artisan dyeing studio, we have collaborated on a small concept capsule of original military pieces that we have reimagined.
All the treatments used are developed in a completely sustainable and eco-friendly way, using very little water or energy. The pieces have been hand-dyed and hand treated, and where chemicals have been used, we ensure that they are REACH certified.
Unissued, US made Military Jungle Jacket, circa 1980s. These jackets are deadstock ie never previously worn and were sat lost in an old military storehouse until we liberated them. Available in black, blue and khaki in a variety of sizes in our Selfridges concession. Shown here layered over a 1950s Hawaiian print beach shirt.
We have had a long time love affair with these beautiful coats. Made during WWII for British and Commonwealth troops, they would originally have had a wax finish but these were boiled off sometime in the past, leaving a beautiful pink hue to the jumbo camouflage. We recently found several of these in a forgotten trunk in a barn in Upstate New York. Incredible rare, incredible beautiful, now available in our Selfridges concession.
WWII British Camo Coat layered over a Czech Salamander Camouflage Jump Jacket in deadstock condition, originally intended for paratroopers, but unused and some 50 years after it was made street ready, circa 1960s. Worn over a 1950s Hawaiian print Beach Shirt.
Vietnam-era US Military Jungle Jacket in poplin, circa 1968, over a 1950s beach shirt.
The Vintage Showroom is the brainchild of Roy Luckett and Douglas Gunn, who through their passion for menswear have found a cult following since they joined forces some 13 years ago.
The company formed in 2007 to house an ever growing archive of vintage showroom and accessories collected by the co-founders. The Vintage Showroom has become one of the leading resources for vintage menswear globally with an extensive, curated archive which continues to develop and grow. Featuring high up in many designers and stylists secret address book, their renowned archive in West London has become a seasonal go to for creative directors and brand designers.
Take the highest of prise from the late Karl Lagerfeld when he described them as “the place for Inspiration”, a design award for their first book “Vintage Menswear”, and Vouge listing their Covent Garden store in “20 Favourite Shops in 20 Cities” and you are probably asking yourself why you have not heard about them before.
For the first time they now open up a window into their archive as part of the Project Earth Collection at Selfridges London, launching Monday 17th of August 2020.