It reopens today with a drop of new fall looks.
Since establishing his eponymous Vancouver storefront in 2017 in London, UK, James Faulkner has established his business as a supplier of unique vintage and archival products. Inspired by the second-hand scene in San Francisco – where he worked in his early twenties – Faulkner was determined to differentiate his selection of merchandise in a city that he said has “a really good vintage scene.”
Noting that he was fortunate enough to have “a lot of cool people with cool clothes that support me and give me their collections”, Faulkner says he “wanted to do something different” regarding the selection of pieces from her boutique that includes everything from work clothes to suits. “I am very influenced by Japanese and European fashion and I base the store more on styles than on brands.”
But that doesn’t mean that Faulkner isn’t aware of the label; for the store’s reopening today – after a few months of COVID shutdown and a renovation – you’ll discover a bundle of over 100 items, including picks from Valentino and Issey Miyake to Vivienne Westwood and Tom Ford. “I really base [my finds] around a philosophy of three to four styles; oversized work clothes, Japanese streetwear, European styles from the 80s and 90s – things like crazy tops and jeans by [Jean Paul] Gaultier, then more contemporary styles.
It is obvious that what drives Faulkner is the eye of a stylist, and the awareness of how mixing different aesthetics can create a new approach to dressing. “What the pieces look like and how do they fit together,” Faulkner thought to himself as he searched for merchandise for the store and its online platform. Some of her current favorites include a 1980s cowboy-style shirt by Gucci, a double-breasted jacket by Celine Homme, still from the 80s, and a 1970s suede jacket from Sears.
Faulkner and a local tailor also collaborated to create several “reworked” pieces influenced by Japanese streetwear label Kapital and 1950s Americana; Expect embroidery and patchwork details to give Pendleton’s fabrics, as well as denim materials, a new twist. “A lot of people do alterations,” he notes of the growing interest in recycled clothing. “We just wanted to go crazy with it.”
The desire to be different also drove Faulkner to connect with creatives like Mescondi and Chrome Destroyer to work on editorials and videos. “I try to stay out of it and let them do what they’re good at,” he says of the approach to these projects. “I say, do whatever you want, but think about the store. [And] they really run with that…. It doesn’t always have to be about clothes [but] art is a great way to express what the store is.
What ties these activities together is Faulkner’s appreciation for authenticity and individuality – something that is more crucial than ever when considering what a consumer sees in a day. “When you have a store or a brand, you have to do you as much as you can, ”he says. “The second you start copying people, you’re screwed.”