Re-Claiming Vintage feat. Tamon George

April 30th, 2015

The vintage market in Canada is one of the best in the world. Clothes from all over the globe get dumped in Canada’s cities. They’re then sorted in large garment facilities and the best of it is dumped in secret warehouses where vintage shop owners bid to have first dibs to purchase pieces at bottom-of-the-barrel (sometimes literally) prices.

As a result of this abundant supply there’s a strong selection and competitive prices. It’s not rare to see young stylish gents in Canadian cities – graduate students like Tamon George for example – rocking vintage threads that have been re-cut and re-interpreted into their modern lifestyles. It’s crafty, green, and displays great character, in more way than one.

Here Tamon shows us how he re-interprets vintage pieces into his well-curated wardrobe.

    Smooth Layering

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    It might be almost May, but a lot of us are still shaking off the last of the cold. It’s a great time to layer up, as the weather is liable to change in the middle of the day. A trim vintage flannel blazer under a broken-in leather bomber is a tricky move, but Tamon makes it look smooth. Not too tight, just a little breathing room, as these garments were intended.

    “The way I dress is influenced by my mother. Living in a smaller community (Regina Saskatchewan), anytime you left the house you were representing yourself and your family. Everyone knew who our parents were, so my brother and I could never leave the house looking out of place. That feeling stuck with me, and now I dress to feel good. It’s a part of my legacy now.”

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    • Leather jacket Vintage
    • Blazer Vintage
    • Sweater by Lands End
    • Shirt Vintage
    • Trousers by Levi’s
    • Boots by Aldo

    Reduce, Re-use, Re-Cut

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    Re-cutting a vintage suit is almost never going to look exactly like a modern suit. The lapel notches are lower, the armholes are larger, there’s probably a decent shoulder pad. With vintage clothing you have to embrace the desired look of the time, to some degree. Even if you have it re-cut by your local tailor, the trick is to modernize it with tasteful accessories, and rocking it with a swagger and confidence. Tamon and this young cat know what I’m talking about.

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    • Glenplaid suit Vintage
    • Shirt by Hugh & Crye
    • Tie bar Vintage
    • Loafers by Spring

    Enjoy the Journey

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    Here’s another great vintage find: the broken-in denim anorak. What can I say, us Canadians love denim, and we’re not afraid to wear more than one at a time. The best part is, this look was worn and shot in Tokyo Japan (Tamon travels quite a bit). If you’re familiar with the international history and culture of menswear, it would be hard to think up a look that would be more Canadian-American visiting Japan than this.

    “When I was playing sports I tended to dress with more of an active outdoor feel, overall less formal. Now that I find myself in the business arena, I’m more formal than I used to be. I appreciate the growth, the maturation. I enjoy going back to look at old photos and thinking to myself ‘I would never wear that now’…it’s a journey.”

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    • Denim anorak Vintage
    • Jeans Vintage
    • Bomber jacket by David Taylor
    • Chambray shirt by Ralph Lauren
    • Boots Vintage

    Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Tamon for participating! 

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    • JoeFromTexas

      One of the dopest posts in a while. I love everything, but what really stands out is that grey suit. The way the bottom quarters swoop out and away toward the hips as it falls from the top button makes the suit look like its from the future. Maybe it’s the way that shape is echoed in the cutaway collar that makes this look like something some executive would wear in some Bladerunner reboot. What’s really cool about it, is that I cannot fathom anyone doing that on purpose from whole cloth, but given the constraints of a thrift find, something really cool and surprising comes out of it.

    • ChrisD

      Awesome style and great feature, guys.

      The vintage market in Toronto is pretty cool, but it’s ridiculously expensive! The prices are what you’d expect to see in an actual store selling new + overpriced clothing. Ruins the magic of it for me a bit.

      I prefer the Seattle vintage market where I’m living these days. Some stores are well curated but don’t mark up ridiculously.

    • Steven Santander

      All great looks, for sure my kind of vintage finds. I’m also really curious about the pieces in the cover photo; suit, furniture and all.

    • TO

      This dudes style is awesome!! I wanna see the outfit in the header in more detail! Seriously great layering throughout.

      I seriously wanna know more about this vintage supply in Canada. I didnt know it was still booming after I read Mr. Himel’s article proclaiming the superior supply in Toronto “before the Internet”. Which city is Mr. George based in in Canada now? Which markets are best currently? I might try to get in on this game- I have developed somewhat of a passion for vintage heavily shopping it over the past 6 years or so.

    • Eric

      Love seeing Tamon and his killer style here. Way to represent Regina!

      • Dan Trepanier

        #Regina #StandUp

    • Miguel

      Excellent profile, Tamon owns his style, really like his layering, well done.

    • tommyjohn_45

      Great article. Tamon, really appreciate your style. Look one probably tops it for me with really strong layering.

      I’ve never been a big fan of the Toronto vintage scene… Not sure how everyone else feels, but I find it way overpriced. You can definitely find some unique pieces, but you’re going to pay a hefty price for em.

      • TO

        I somewhat agree with you tommyjohn_45. Even the Value Village in my area (which is not exactly considered pristine) is almost twice the price on average of the same plave in cities like Windsor or Kingston, for example.

        My best finds have been on a random trip to the suburbs actually (this example is again more at second hand, not strictly vintage).

        Most vintage stores do have a substantial markup, but then again they do have to deal with Toronto’s stratospheric rent costs.

    • cam

      very much owning his personal style here. the standout to me is definitely the eyewear and jewelry. it would have been nice to hear if these pieces have any stories to go along with them. maybe Tamon can share?

    • Jeff McAllister

      I’m just going to say it, Tamon’s eyewear game is spec-tacular.

      • Dan Trepanier


    • Stuart

      This feature was vintage-Style Blogger. Tamon crushed in each of these three looks.

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