Confessions of a Denim Collector feat. Davis Gooch
July 15th, 2012
Men don’t just wear jeans. We have relationships with jeans.
And like most relationships, they get better with age and the key is appreciating their unique imperfections.
Nashville native Davis Gooch is a denimhead who has studied the ins and outs of the jean business. Along the way he has also put together an amazing collection of perfectly broken-in pairs.
Here he shows us the benefits of choosing the right pieces, making them your own, and wearing the hell out of them.
1. Tough Guy Tuxedo
“In 2009 this awesome couple opened a vintage and denim boutique in the skeleton of an old service station in Nashville TN. This is one of the early runs of their ‘Willie’ – a straight leg jean with an excellent fit and subtle details. This pair is from 2009, made right inside the pump station using Japanese selvedge.”
“The denim vest is one I’ve been wearing and adding to for about five years. It’s a vintage Levi’s Trucker model I found (with sleeves) at a Salvation Army down in Tennessee.”
- Japanese selvedge jeans by Imogene + Willie
- Denim vest Vintage by Levis
- White t-shirt by Hanes
- Black sneakers by Vans
2. Perfectly Imperfect
“An easy summer move. 55% linen 45% cotton knit crewneck sweater. I think I wore this thing for 4 days straight after I got it…feels like I’ve had it for years.
Bugle Boy low-top lace ups. Real clean, real 90s.”
3. It Ain’t All Gotta Be Slim
Ironically the denim piece is a replica of a budget version of the Levi’s 501XX from the 1920’s called the 201. It’s a little wider through the leg, with all the original specs.”
- Suede tassle loafers Vintage by Johnston & Murphy
- Chambray pocket square Handmade
- Blue pin dot tie Vintage by Dior
- Red paisley suspenders Vintage by Ralph Lauren
- Striped blue shirt by Brooks Brothers
- Fitzgerald Two-Button Sports Coat by Brooks Brothers
4. Going Natural
“The lightweight floral shirt is seasonally appropriate, and works in more times than you would think.
The shoes are Johnston & Murphy brogue cap-toes, with tough vibram soles. Classic American company, with headquarters in my hometown.”
5. If My Clothes Could Talk
“I know this Australian fellow who just moved to NYC that loves to dig up great vintage gear. He somehow gets into these sweet rag houses in New Jersey for cheap, so I asked him to find me some banged up jeans for me. He caught some awesome Lee 101s that are kind of ‘ill fitting’, which I’m really into.
I love this herringbone worker’s jacket by Supreme in a beautiful lemon/cream cotton with contrasting dark horn buttons. This is an example of how a brand that is typically associated with streetwear can showcase some serious cut & sewn skills. James Jebbia (founder of Supreme) is a huge influence of mine and a mastermind of the downtown NYC retail realm”
“Shoes are a staple: G.H. Bass & Co. Weejuns. Penny loafers, if you will.”
Thanks for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.