Re-Claiming Vintage feat
The vintage market in Canada is one of the best in the world. Clothes from all over the globe get dumped in Canada’s cities. They’re then sorted in large garment facilities and the best of it is dumped in secret warehouses where vintage shop owners bid to have first dibs to purchase pieces at bottom-of-the-barrel (sometimes literally) prices.
As a result of this abundant supply there’s a strong selection and competitive prices. It’s not rare to see young stylish gents in Canadian cities – graduate students like Tamon George for example – rocking vintage threads that have been re-cut and re-interpreted into their modern lifestyles. It’s crafty, green, and displays great character, in more way than one.
Here Tamon shows us how he re-interprets vintage pieces into his well-curated wardrobe.
It might be almost May, but a lot of us are still shaking off the last of the cold. It’s a great time to layer up, as the weather is liable to change in the middle of the day. A trim vintage flannel blazer under a broken-in leather bomber is a tricky move, but Tamon makes it look smooth. Not too tight, just a little breathing room, as these garments were intended.
“The way I dress is influenced by my mother. Living in a smaller community (Regina Saskatchewan), anytime you left the house you were representing yourself and your family. Everyone knew who our parents were, so my brother and I could never leave the house looking out of place. That feeling stuck with me, and now I dress to feel good. It’s a part of my legacy now.”
REDUCE, RE-USE, RE-CUT
Re-cutting a vintage suit is almost never going to look exactly like a modern suit. The lapel notches are lower, the armholes are larger, there’s probably a decent shoulder pad. With vintage clothing you have to embrace the desired look of the time, to some degree. Even if you have it re-cut by your local tailor, the trick is to modernize it with tasteful accessories, and rocking it with a swagger and confidence. Tamon and this young cat know what I’m talking about.
ENJOY THE JOURNEY
Here’s another great vintage find: the broken-in denim anorak. What can I say, us Canadians love denim, and we’re not afraid to wear more than one at a time. The best part is, this look was worn and shot in Tokyo Japan (Tamon travels quite a bit). If you’re familiar with the international history and culture of menswear, it would be hard to think up a look that would be more Canadian-American visiting Japan than this.
“When I was playing sports I tended to dress with more of an active outdoor feel, overall less formal. Now that I find myself in the business arena, I’m more formal than I used to be. I appreciate the growth, the maturation. I enjoy going back to look at old photos and thinking to myself ‘I would never wear that now’…it’s a journey.”