An Interview with Larry McKaughan

Just in case you haven’t already seen it, Pete Anderson was recently able to meet up with Larry McKaughan of Heller’s Cafe during Capsule to discuss his work with Warehouse and the vintage industry. It’s a great read for those who have an interest in this area:

Even among all the Capsule booths that looked like they were designed with antiques in mind, only Larry McKaughan’s exhibit had the real thing–rare and unique vintage clothing. And although the shredded duck work pants, hickory-striped trousers, and jerseys that looked like they came off James Naismith’s back all had price tags on them, they weren’t really what McKaughan was selling. He was there with the folks from Warehouse promoting Heller’s Cafe for Warehouse, a small line of detailed, reproduction-type clothing that takes its cues from McKaughan’s extensive holdings in top-of-the-line used American clothing. The line features workwear and sportswear classics like chore jackets, sweatshirts (look for the double front pockets rather than a kangaroo pocket, and chambray and denim pieces.

McKaughan is not a “designer” and wouldn’t call himself such–through his business, Heller’s Cafe in Seattle, he’s been dealing vintage since the mid-1980s and has been a big player on the American and Japanese market. Rin Tinaka even wrote a book with him: The King of Vintage (that would be Larry). He’s well-known for a discerning eye and a collection without limits. If you’re interested in buying, you’ll have to have some connections–Heller’s Cafe only shows privately. But the new clothes Warehouse is making are slightly adjusted interpretations of some of Larry’s favorite items, so you have a chance to wear his picks after all.

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