At my last Vintage Shaun sale, a client stated to me that I kept all the good stuff for myself. I was shocked, as I know for a fact that some of my most favorite pieces I have parted ways with in a bittersweet way. To quote The Notorious B.I.G. "Never get high on your own supply." It would be sabotage for me to hold on to pieces for the sake of my vanity rather than to be a prosperous business. Now, there are pieces that I choose to hold on to for archival reasons, I have quite a few projects in the works and some pieces are more educational and inspirational than anything else. Between inventory and archives, there is one piece I can't fathom parting ways with.
The vest seen above was originally a coat. Found in horrible condition it was listed as being constructed in 1959 some fifty plus years ago. The sleeves were hanging on by a thread. The collar was worn and there were rips and tears all throughout. What many would have passed on, I saw a diamond in the rough. If it was unable to be salvaged to it's original state, I would have happily reworked it into something more modern. Luckily, I took it to an amazing craftsman who brought this piece back to life. An older gentleman with a great eye and very knowledgeable of fashion, crafted it into the long vest seen above and encouraged me to wear it with a contrasting jacket underneath to bring out the beauty of this piece. Even with a pair of jeans and combat boots it's a rather luxurious garment. Vintage just happens to be glamorous because we live in casual times. I never thought about selling this and I've gotten a number of offers. Maybe it's sentiment or rather the rarity but this vest will just have to stay with me for the time being. Sorry not, for sale.