Posts tagged vintage
Style Shots—Classic Menswear Fall Edition
Photography by: Swabreen Bakr
I caught up with David P. Lochner over at one of the best vintage shops that caters exclusively to men, Briar Vintage in Old City, Philadelphia. Love the fur detailing on his coat and the textured socks. As always with menswear it’s fun to see what details are emphasized with the color schemes, in this case the yellow pocket square pulling out the yellow in the plaid pants was a great touch.
Photography & Words by Swabreen Bakr
During The Brooklyn Circus pop-up shop at Art in the Age I got the chance to sit down with Ouigi Theodore and pick his brain about the creative direction of his brand. The session went like this…
Q: What advice would you give to young brands?
Tell a story, it’s all about storytelling.
The better the story, the better it sells, and the better people understand what you’re trying to say as opposed to trying to penetrate the market for the purpose of your own financial interest. Branding is about storytelling so if you forget that aspect of it and think it’s about making money … you’re completely off.
It’s not easy, just take it one sentence, one word, one paragraph, one chapter at a time, that’s the way we approach it. Every day is an opportunity to say something.
Q: What’s the concept behind the 100 year plan?
It’s really a process, it’s really us stamping the industry and the world with our presence and leaving something behind; something useful, something that will continue, you know it’s like passing the baton.
Q: Where do you source your materials?
90% of what we do is made in the U.S., we also do some stuff in Japan. Past seasons we did some stuff in Asia and China –some knits– because the factories here couldn’t do what we wanted them to do fast enough for the right prices; but now we’re back to the States and Japan, simply because they can meet the quality marks that we’re trying to hit.
Quality is so important, if we have 100 year plan and we’re making cheap stuff, we’re gonna come up short you know what I mean? 50 years from now we’ll show up naked, we can’t wear the clothes.
We don’t wanna leave waste, we wanna leave something that someone can pass on. We’re lovers of vintage.
Q: What staple garments define The Brooklyn Circus man’s wardrobe?
Canvas sneakers for sure, you can never go wrong with that, they’re easy to pack; good raw denims, well-made five pocket jeans. A varsity jacket is definitely a core item for us because it represents a scholastic element, and it represents American culture. A good oxford shirt because you can wear it tucked it, you can wear it out, you can wear it with a tie, you can wear it open, you can wear it with a shirt under, it’s just so versatile.
What we promote is tailored-casual.
So all these items can be tailored but worn in a casual way, and then reversed and worn in a tailored way. You can wear a blazer under a varsity jacket –you’ve seen that throughout history– and go to dinner.
Our collections are really item-based so we create items for it and then figure out how they fit in together. It’s more about how they fit into our lives and how they fit into the brand versus, “Oh this season we’re doing so-and-so prints.” It’s really about “Hey, where am I gonna wear that? How many times can I wear that during the week?” because that’s important for us as well. I wanna be able to wear a shirt or a sweater on Monday to a soccer game or to hang out, and then be able to wear it again on Friday and possibly Wednesday.
We produce products that can be interchanged and take you from one place to the next. We want people to really wear this stuff and beat it up!
We’ve experimented, we wear our own products and we do sell raw jeans. We buy back our product as well, we buy back our varsities simply because we have customers overseas that are interested in our items broken-in naturally. We have Japanese customers that buy these items, so we’re in a sense creating our own vintage. All of the repair we do in-house as well. It’s just to show that The Brooklyn Circus guy he’s seen the world, he’s traveling and these jeans are really lasting, no matter how old and deconstructed they are we’ll take them back in because we start with a great foundation.
We use Japanese selvedge denim and we also use Cone, one of the oldest denim mills in the U.S.
Q: How many of the varsity jackets do you make?
They’re expensive to produce and they take a long time to produce, seasonally we do produce a limited amount because of that and not because it’s the cool thing. The people that we’re working with to make our varsity jackets have been making jackets since the 20s and the 30s.
Q: Has the business changed from when you first started six years ago?
Still get the butterflies and that’s what keeps us going, we get excited about setting up a show or creating an item.
A big thanks for Ouigi for letting me pick his brain about branding and visual communication. The Brooklyn Circus is definitely a brand to look up to when it comes to maintaining high standards, consistency and quality, whether that be for a t-shirt line or your own personal brand.
Style Shots—Classic Menswear
Photography & Words by: Swabreen Bakr
Briar Vintage is a full service vintage menswear shop in Old City, Philadelphia. It’s on a mission to bring back individualized customer service in a world filled with ready-to-wear and one size fits all fashion. Briar focuses exclusively on menswear, encouraging men to be more of a made-to-measure type when it comes to personal style.
On Friday August 3rd they celebrated their one year anniversary. Photographed here is David, their sartorial manager. It’s always a pleasure to photograph him.
There’s an incredible entrepreneurial spirit sweeping across Philadelphia, young creatives are taking matters into their own hands and reshaping how we consume style, art and music. Today we profile one such creative, Erik Honesty, owner of Cultured Couture Vintage and one of the best dressed men in Philadelphia.