Sunday, December 28, 2008

Harajuku Streets: Daisuke

Yesterday I did my first real 'vintage snap outing'. The two previous people I've shot have been more coincidental but now I've started thinking that it's really interesting to see vintage items actually being worn and coordinated with other vintage pieces. (Would be great to hear what you think about it.)

Omotesando dori is still packed and might not have what I'm looking for anyway, so I set up my tent on Harajuku street. As I've mentioned before, this is where most of the vintage shops are located so it's logical for me to go there.
I'm now learning how take street snaps and it's a little more difficult than it seems and takes a little more time, too. Capturing the spirit of a person and place like The Sartorialist can is very hard.

What I do now is that I hang around on a parking lot, leaning on a vending machine all day. It's really a very relaxing thing to do for me, it gives me a lot of time to think, about clothes but also everything else in my life, and looking at people is fun too.

Daisuke was the first one I shot yesterday and he was a real easy catch as he works at ZOOL, one of the absolute best vintage shops, right next to my spot and was having a break when I saw him.
He's 26 and has been into vintage clothing for about 15 years. They certainly start young here, I'm just a rookie in comparison!
His favourite garment is '30s and '40s leather jackets. He collects them and has about 50 jackets!

He's wearing a '30s-'40s Brown's Beach jacket, a '50s shirt, WW2 work pants and '50s engineer's boots. The only item that isn't vintage is his Dapper's, a brand that makes reproductions as well as new but vintage inspired designs, cap.

The Brown's Beach jacket is a very sought after item and quite rare too. What's special about the Beach jacket is the speckled wool fabric, it's like a blown up salt and pepper fabric.
Go here to look at better pictures of an identical Beach jacket.

I guessed that his pants were U.S. Navy and so did he when he first got them, but he was then told by a U.S. vintage dealer that they weren't. They're just work pants, but they are very similar to Navy pants.

What dates them to the WW2 era is the laurel leaf button that can also be found on Levi's and many other brands of the same era.

Thank you Daisuke!


Anonymous said...

I love this jacket! Do you know if there is any reproduction of it available somewhere?

slowdownarthur said...

I really like your Vintage posts - it's particularly interesting to see how people wear their vintage cuts. Would you say that people who wear vintage jeans wear them looser, sized up?

The Buzzard said...

Nice trousers. Work wear (and vintage jeans, at least pre the 50's) should be worn with looser silhouette. At least if the wearer want to be "orthodox". Take a look at older ads, photos, documentaries...

Suppose you've already seen it, but Red Cloud (jp) has some really nice pics:

Similar jacket (Brown's Beach):

P S As told before, we Swedes have our own superb vintage leather jackets made in Malung. They ought to be introduced in Japan. Or maybe not... ;-)

Björn said...

Great post, and as the others said, super interesting to see vintage (and repro) stuff being worn. He looks great.

The Buzzard, agreed about the Malung goat skin jackets! Ive been looking for one in the right size, but no luck yet.

Dana said...

Hello to a kindred spirit! I've just come across your site for the first time and am thoroughly enthralled. I've learned so much already on one of my favorite topics. In fact, despite the snow here in Brooklyn today, I'm feeling inspired to throw on a pair of ultra-vintage denim (but I won't because I'm a softee too!)

I have a little vintage blog at where I dote on treasures of my own.

I'll be visiting you often! Thank you for the lovely, wonderful, and deeply appreciated work that you do! XOX

The Buzzard said...

Agree, this blog is fabulous, to good to ignore!

A must read this month for every denimologist / vintage freak / ~otaku: The Brotherhood of the Very Expensive Pants, Outside Magazine, January 2009

Brit Eaton is the best of a curious breed of fortune hunters combing old mine shafts and barns across the West for vintage denim. He's discovered $50,000 worth of clothes in a single day, and his clients include Ralph Lauren and Levi's. STEVEN RINELLA joins him on a search for the blues.

Check the pics. The best profession ever? Or rather obsession...

The Buzzard said...

Oh, the link:

Anonymous said...

Check my offerings in ebay: AlleyAscot (seller name) for a Brown's Beach Cloth Jacket!

flytouch 3 said...

To my mind everybody have to glance at it.