Tim owns an vintage baggage and journey equipment store, and spends a whole lot of his time both within the retailer or on the street sourcing. His garments are eminently sensible, however additionally they communicate of a love of outdated issues, together with all second-hand clothes.
I’ve preferred the distinctive means Tim clothes for some time, nevertheless it wasn’t till we talked about his wardrobe that I realised fairly how a lot is second hand, and regularly refurbished.
Maybe extra stunning, Tim himself didn’t fairly recognize how a lot his angle to clothes had in frequent with the objects he collects and sells, till we beginning speaking about it. It was an pleasant and a revealing dialog.
(Oh, and I do know it is August – however all the garments we liked have been cold-weather ones… Think about this a bit of Autumn/Winter anticipation.)
Outfit 1: Semi-formal
Tim, I’m instantly getting a way of issues re-used and repaired, beginning with that scarf. And naturally a love of blue.
Proper on each counts, Simon. Though truly the headband most likely counts double. It was made by Judy Augur, who creates garments out of reclaimed supplies in California. This one is her tackle ‘boro’ materials. But additionally since I’ve had it, the headband has been attacked by moths, so it has had its personal repairs.
And am I proper that the down jacket has been repaired as effectively?
Sure, that’s tougher to see, nevertheless it’s an instance of a special kind of reuse and restore – one by a company quite a craftsman.
The jacket is from Patagonia, and I’ve had it for years. Just lately, it developed little holes in a number of the panels, most likely from being scraped in opposition to one thing. I contacted Patagonia, they usually stated I ought to ship it to third-party repairers within the UK.
The repairer advised me that they’d attempt to match the colors of the panels, nevertheless it won’t be the identical. That was wonderful with me, and actually once I acquired it again I believed it regarded higher than new – it had these little private touches [see shot above].
How a lot did Patagonia cost for that?
It was free; they even coated the transport there and again. I suppose that sort of sustainable angle is constructed into what they do, nevertheless it made me need to purchase all my technical clothes from them.
Spectacular, and I’ve to say I’d have the identical response. The place are the opposite items from?
The shirt is from Nick Ashley, circa 1990. I picked it up on eBay. I believe you could possibly say his angle to clothes has at all times centred round issues which might be sensible, and solely get higher with age.
The bandana is classic, from Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam. And each the Alden boots and Rocky Mountain Featherbed gilet are from Marrkt, so second hand.
The gilet appears significantly good from being worn in.
Sure, these down gilets begin very puffy, however damp down over time. This feels so good now. And naturally you’ll be able to see the good ageing on the twine outdoors.
How a lot clothes do you purchase second hand?
I by no means stopped to consider it, however I believe over half. I actually purchase lots from Marrkt – the every day drop emails can get fairly addictive. When it’s main as much as my birthday, my spouse and kids will strive to have a look at that electronic mail as quickly because it arrives – to allow them to purchase one thing for me earlier than I get my arms on it.
There’s one other advice on repairs truly – the Alden boots have been just lately resoled by a spot referred to as Yorkshire Sole. They’re identified for Purple Wings, however did an excellent job on these Aldens as effectively – these unique crepe soles by no means appear to final lengthy. I did resole as soon as with Alden previously, nevertheless it wasn’t low-cost, and Yorkshire Sole did an excellent job.
Outfit 2: Informal
This appears extraordinarily sensible. The place are you usually going with all these layers?
That is my customary apparel for vintage markets. I’ll typically be there after they open, which might be 6am, and it’s all outdoors – so it may be very chilly. These items even have plenty of pockets, which is what I would like on a day like that.
Is the coat a Nigel Cabourn ‘Everest’ parka? I haven’t seen one like that earlier than
Sure it’s, however I believe it’s a German pattern that by no means went into manufacturing. It nonetheless has the pattern label within the pocket, with the swatches.
Somewhat than the traditional Ventile on the skin, that is waxed Ventile I believe, actually a cotton, after which it has a wool lining. It’s extremely heat, and really breathes very effectively, which isn’t what you’d anticipate from wax.
Maybe a whole lot of the wax has rubbed off through the years.
Sure you could be proper. Then layered beneath that could be a duck-canvas waistcoat, which most likely dates from round 1990.
I purchased it from the stunning store Voyage on the Fulham Highway, which was very trendy again within the Nineties. God it was costly, however they’d some nice issues. I believe they famously turned away Madonna as a result of she didn’t have one among their VIP playing cards – you needed to have one for admittance in the direction of the top.
What are the strings hanging off the buttons?
Oh these are from the tickets for moving into Newark market. That’s an unlimited one – they promote it as the largest one in Europe. I’ve been going for over 30 years, and that’s an early begin. Really I used to sleep in a single day within the automobile in an effort to be there early, however I don’t go fairly that far anymore.
The waistcoat additionally has a bit hook on the again, which the missus sewed on so I may hold my internet there once I’m fishing. I take advantage of a quite simple Japanese fly-fishing approach referred to as Tenkara, so I solely fish for trout actually, and it includes little or no sort out. I’m most likely responsible of carrying an excessive amount of sort out, however that’s the thought.
The place’s every part else from?
The rollneck is a duplicate Royal Navy submariner from Aero Leathers, the denims are Oni Denim sulphur-dyed canvas from Son of a Stag, and the boots are Redwing with bespoke laces made by my daughter Martha.
It seems like repairing and making abilities run within the household.
Effectively, actually with my daughter sure. She’s simply completed her diploma in vogue design and specialised in sustainable leather-based. However she makes all types of issues. She made these laces, and she or he did the portray on the denims within the subsequent outfit.
Outfit 3: Formal
OK, this isn’t actually formal. However that is what you’ll put on for being within the store day after day, right?
Sure, it’s usually denim and a few sort of shirt. Sporting a go well with wouldn’t actually slot in with our relaxed angle, however you additionally must be a bit good to promote somebody a Vuitton trunk costing 1000’s of kilos.
Do you assume there are different parallels between your garments and occupation? You worth outdated issues, prefer to restore them?
Sure you’re proper. I actually purchase issues in an identical means, and recognize patina on one thing like that Cabourn parka in the identical means I do on an outdated leather-based briefcase.
The enterprise could be very visible, and is about a direct, instinctive response to one thing. It’s additionally indulgent to the extent that it simply includes me shopping for issues I like.
Do the items you purchase from markets often want repairing as effectively?
Sure they practically at all times will do, and that’s the place a number of the value is available in too – understanding one of the best craftsmen and one of the best methods to refurbish quite than merely promoting them on.
I’m additionally a collector with garments in the identical means as antiques. Though I like shopping for second-hand clothes, I’ve by no means actually acquired round to the opposite a part of it, which is promoting on ones you don’t put on.
So the place do all of them go?
Effectively we stay within the countryside, which helps so far as area goes. And there’s a hanger-sized area that a whole lot of this lives in. It’s simpler to justify once you’re an expert collector of different issues!
Inform us about these denims then.
They’re outdated Levi’s Classic Clothes 511s, with patching and portray on the coin pocket by Martha. The boro patching was completed over a gap, utilizing supplies which I imagine she’d handled to offer them the aged look. The tiger image was hand painted and matches her tattoo.
And the way about every part else?
The linen DB is a garment-dyed blazer from LBM1911, the shirt is from Emmett and the bandana is from Kapital. The canvas sneakers are Penguin.
Lots of these garments appear very tactile – not essentially the identical textures, however often with one thing attention-grabbing within the texture.
You’re most likely proper, that does enchantment to me. I believe once you’re within the antiques commerce a whole lot of issues come all the way down to feeling the objects, touching them and appreciating what they’re product of. How they’ve aged and can age. It’s very arms on.
Actually I went to Spitalfields antiques market this previous weekend, and picked up this little leather-based cube shaker at a stall. I used to be dealing with it, enjoying with it. The vendor stated I clearly preferred its tactile nature, and it was true – it felt so good within the hand.
I’m the identical with clothes. I’ll go to a market and have to choose up and deal with each single piece of clothes on the rail. That possible comes from my father – he was within the rag commerce, and I should have seen that from a really younger age.
Thanks Tim, that was fascinating and pleasant.
No drawback Simon, I believe I learnt a very good bit about myself alongside the way in which too!
Images: James Holborow