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The Vintage Collector

The Vintage Collector


Tell Us About Yourself.

I’m Deyvis but everyone calls me D. My enthusiasm for vintage style clothing is palpable, I have a diverse collection of flight jackets, selvedge jeans, boots, cameras, and All Stars sneakers. Living in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, provides a fantastic backdrop for my vintage fashion pursuits. I’m the marketing director for my city's public school district, my background as a high school teacher and counselor for over a decade undoubtedly gives me valuable insights into education and community engagement. I have a passion for cultures and languages, speaking English, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese opens up a world of opportunities for me to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and immerse myself in different cultures. My linguistic skills not only facilitate communication but also serve as a bridge for fostering meaningful connections and relationships across borders in fashion - it's a beautiful way to enrich my life and broaden my horizons!

How did you get into vintage collecting?

My journey into the world of fashion and culture started back in the 90s. Studying in Japan during my last year of high school has been an unforgettable experience, especially immersing myself in the *Amekaji style alongside friends who shared similar interests. In the 90s, the Amekaji style, characterized by its rugged yet stylish elements like selvedge jeans, engineer boots, and leather jackets, was gaining popularity, and it was amazing that I got to be a part of that scene. Brands like Levi’s, Red Wing boots, and Schott jackets were iconic staples of the era, reflecting a timeless appeal that still resonates today. My time in Japan likely not only influenced my fashion preferences but also enriched my understanding of Japanese culture and lifestyle. It was incredible how a single year abroad can leave such a lasting impact on one's sense of style and identity!

* Amekaji, short for "American casual," is a style that blends elements of American workwear and casual wear.


Where do you usually find your vintage items?

Exploring second-hand stores for denim treasures in iconic Japanese neighborhoods like Ueno's Ameyoko, Osaka's Amerikamura, and Nagoya's Sakae and Osu Kannon it was an exhilarating experience! These areas are renowned for their vibrant street culture and eclectic mix of vintage finds. Discovering hidden gems would undoubtedly add an extra thrill to my denim hunting adventures. The excitement of stumbling upon unique pieces with their own stories and histories, all while immersing myself in the bustling atmosphere of these dynamic neighborhoods, have definitely made unforgettable memories. It's moments like these that truly capture the essence of fashion exploration and the joy of uncovering treasures in unexpected places.

Apart from being a vintage collector, what style and era inspires you the most?

I’m really drawn to the iconic fashion and culture of the mid-20th century, particularly the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Those decades were rich with unique styles, from the tailored elegance of the '50s to the free-spirited vibes of the '60s and the eclectic, funky looks of the '70s. The American workwear aesthetic, with its rugged denim, durable work shirts, and classic accessories like hats and boots, are the styles that really inspirate me. There's a timeless appeal to those pieces, reflecting both functionality and a sense of rugged individualism that's deeply ingrained in American culture. It's fascinating how fashion from these eras continues to influence and inspire contemporary trends, demonstrating its enduring relevance and charm. These pieces not only exude a sense of authenticity but also embody a spirit of adventure and independence that resonates deeply. Embracing these styles allows me to not only connect with the past but also to express my own individuality and appreciation for craftsmanship.

Besides being a school administrator, what do you like the most being a content creator as a side hobby?

My passion for vintage clothing has blossomed into a fulfilling hobby that not only brings me joy but also allows me to connect with like-minded individuals around the world. Sharing my love for vintage fashion and inspiring others with my style is a beautiful way to create meaningful connections and friendships. It's remarkable how fashion can serve as a universal language, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds who share a common appreciation for timeless aesthetics. While fashion may fade, style remains eternal speaks volumes about the enduring allure of personal expression and individuality. Spreading love for vintage clothing and inspiring others—it's a testament to the power of shared passions to bring people together and create lasting bonds.

What is your most memorable vintage item you have?

My most memorable vintage pieces are my vintage Converse sneakers and Levi's jeans jacket. These iconic items not only hold historical significance but also carry personal memories and stories that make them truly special to me. My vintage Converse sneakers, preserved as collectibles, reflect a reverence for their cultural and fashion heritage, while my Levi's jeans jacket, though worn less frequently due to its vintage nature, adds a touch of authentic style to my wardrobe. It's understandable that you'd want to preserve these treasures, considering their rarity and sentimental value. Each time I wear my Levi's jacket or admire my Converse sneakers, it's like stepping back in time and honoring the enduring appeal of vintage fashion. Each piece holds a special place in my heart, not just as items of clothing, but as pieces of history and personal expression—they're a testament to my passion for vintage fashion!

What do you like about KATO and which item do you currently have?

My admiration for the Kato brand truly shines through! It's clear that Kato holds a special place in your heart, likely due to their exceptional craftsmanship, attention to detail, and unique style. Their commitment to blending traditional styles and patterns with innovative techniques truly sets them apart. The fact that every piece I own from Kato fits me perfectly speaks volumes about their attention to detail and craftsmanship. It's as if each garment was tailor-made just for me, reflecting the brand's dedication to creating clothing that not only looks great but also feels comfortable and personalized. Kato's use of unique and high-quality textiles and materials further enhances the appeal of their pieces, ensuring both durability and style. It's clear that Kato's combination of superb tailoring and premium materials resonates with my discerning taste and appreciation for fine craftsmanship.


Here's a breakdown of the pieces that I have from Kato:

  1. The Hammer Straight Natural Slub – Khaki 14OZ Selvedge: This pair of selvedge jeans likely boasts a unique texture and color, with the natural slub adding depth and character to the fabric.
  2. The Anvil Melton Wool Shirt Jacket in Dark Green: A versatile and stylish piece, this wool shirt jacket in olive color is perfect for layering and adds a rugged yet refined touch to any outfit.
  3. The Pen Slim - Indigo Raw 14oz Selvedge: These indigo raw selvedge jeans are a classic choice, offering a timeless look with their deep blue hue and sturdy construction.
  4. The Pen Slim – Silver Gray White 14oz Selvedge: This pair of selvedge jeans in silver gray white likely adds a contemporary twist to my wardrobe, offering a fresh take on denim with its unique color.
  5. The Vise Sashiko – Dark Indigo: Sashiko detailing adds a distinctive touch to this dark indigo piece, whether it's a jacket or another garment, showcasing Kato's attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Each of these items reflects Kato's commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and innovation, making them standout additions to my wardrobe. They're sure to elevate my style and provide versatility for various occasions.


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