Thursday, April 8, 2010

Flea Markets and the "Eye"

As strange as it sounds one of the rarest skills you can have in the world of vintage leather jackets is the "eye" What is the "eye"? It is the rarest of the rare person who can walk around looking at thousands and thousands of items of personal clothing, diamonds, faces or any other commodity of beauty and pick out the finest, the best, the most unique ones. For someone with the "eye" uniqueness and beauty explode out out from a sea of mediocrity like a bright shining light. You can trust me after 20 years of employing people whose only job is to find pretty clothing there are those that try and every once and a while there is a genius that can spot the finest fabric, pattern or design, with just the tiniest corner poking out of a huge pile of clothing. These "eye" masters are the bread and butter of vintage dealers because they supply all the commodities behind the history of the these garments. I'm more of a "history" dealer and these guys are genius hunters. Check out Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa (Stargate Atlantis) hunting around for her perfect piece of clothing...or wait, there is fellow Canuck Michael Cera!! Look at the lads from 35 Summers and Rocky  Mountain Featherbed Company Japan, Kinji Teramoto! That strange salt and pepper coverall is actually a 1920s Harley Davidson rain suit very cool, and the denim is pre 1920s Japanese indigo denim which is super nice and rare!

10 comments:

  1. Woah! Where is this? Rose bowl? I have a good eye....sometimes. at least I think I do...tho without my glasses I'm pretty fuzzy.

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  2. Yeah that is the bowl...no you do! I was down there meeting with some peeps and the secret Caballah of clothing people, designers and collectors, lol.

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  3. thanks :o) now if i could only figure out how to USE the talent to get out of this office chair. I'm jealous of you and your secret missions of coolness.

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  4. The Eye exists...I have a lot of homeless guys in my neighborhood, some of these guys go through the donations and will wear the most beautiful 1930s leather or vintage levis because lots of these guys have the eye, and they will wear the most amazing clothes over and over...the eye must be genetic

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  5. I recently came across a vintage leather jacket with the tag saying "Nestels of Canada". It is a women's 70's style chocolate brown 3/4 length. I can't find any information on the company and I was hoping you could help me with that. Any information is greatly appreciated.
    Melissa
    melilly24@hotmail.com

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  6. Honesly Ive never heard of this company but if anybody sends me anything I will post it for you

    bst
    dh

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  7. Thanks. The tag also says "Couture Originale". If anyone were interested in pictures email me directly and I could send attachments.

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  8. Having the eye is an important gift and I am currently working on developing mine, as far as clothes are concerned. I have been good when it comes to furniture ... but clothing is a different game.

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  9. Its amazing when you think that the same to people can go look at the same pile of junk and one will come out with gems and the other dreck!

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