Speaking to Andrew Olah (founder of Kingpins Show) earlier this week and we were talking about his ideal jeans customer and he surprised me by saying the guy who buys one pair of jeans and wears them a lifetime. Wears them to death, rarely washing them so they crease in only places that work for you and your shape and your particular walk. I love that. The idea of cherishing an item of clothing for that long.
I have been wanting to speak to Doug since I saw his interview with Andrew for Kingpins24 (in case you weren’t aware Kingpins Show turned virtual and it’s awesome). The natural banter between them both was a joy to watch and I knew I needed to know more.
So Doug, let's start at the beginning - how did The Vintage Showroom start?
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I've always wondered, what exactly makes something 'vintage'?
I think what can be quite off-putting with buying vintage is the price tag. How do you really determine the price of something vintage?
recycled back into peoples wardrobes and away from landfill, but this isn’t what we do.
Then you have the collector/dealers around the world who find beautiful things and present them in beautifully curated stores, whether in Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo, Paris or London- people that are extremely passionate about what they do and try to find and sell amazing one off things. I'd like to hope we fall into this camp.
Where do you source most of your collection? Or is that a trade secret?!
Is there one piece in your collection that is particularly special or important to you?
I imagine when you've lovingly restored something it must be hard to let it go - like an artist with their paintings! Do you find there is a certain degree of attachment there?
Oh my word that is heartbreaking. I hope it finds its way into appreciative hands in the end. You and Roy must have some pretty great stories about acquiring pieces. Any that really stand out?
My last time in NYC was interesting, this was back in October at the last Kingpins show. Roy and I had worked the first day of the show and the next morning I was at the Port Authority waiting for a bus at 5am ahead of a 3 hour coach ride out to meet someone for the first time. It was my first bus ride across the US and it was an interesting experience. The Port Authority at 5am is quite the scene, especially after not much sleep and the conspicuous bulge of buy money in my pocket. The bus was crazy, a mix of people that had been either working or partying all night. 3 hours later the bus stoped in the middle of a forest and I got out but no-one was there to meet me and my contacts phone was on answer phone. They finally turned up and took me to a lock up in the middle of nowhere.
I did have a banjo playing in the back of my mind, but it was all good and I bought an amazing aviation collection from them, but I have to admit I was glad to make it back to Manhattan in one piece!