New pieces in at J.Crew.
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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The new Warehouse jeans made for J.Crew are finally available for sale and come in two versions, Lot 484 (a slim tapered model) and Lot 700J (a traditional straight leg model with a cinch back buckle). Unlike the usual raw states that you find them in, these look like have already gone through a rinsing process to take the initial shrinkage out.
I was originally looking forward to getting a pair of the 484 version back when they were due to arrive in spring, but with fall/winter shipments starting in just a few weeks I will probably wait until next year before buying any more jeans.
J.Crew did a quiet rollout this evening of some new items for summer. My favorites are these sun faded sweatshirts and just about all of the madras shirts. There are also many new Mister Freedom pieces (those handkerchiefs will go fast), and the lobster claw belt is finally online along with another nautical inspired whale tail belt.
The only thing that’s missing that I was looking forward too are the special Warehouse jeans, but hopefully those will show up within a few weeks.