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Byronesque Vintage x Vestiaire CollectivePhotography Derek Ridgers

Derek Ridgers throws back to the 80s for Byronesque x Vestiaire collab

The collection features 200 iconic, and rare, fashion items curated by Gill Linton

Vestiaire Collective has become known as a treasure trove of pre-owned luxury fashion since it was launched in 2009. On the hunt for vintage Rick Owens, Comme des Garçons or Raf Simons? It’s likely you’ll find at least of few rare pieces on the site’s digital shelves. Also known for its collaborative projects (like the time Chloë Sevigny presented an edit of her favourite pieces, which promptly sold out), the brand has joined forces with independent specialist Byronesque Vintage to curate a special collection that celebrates some of fashion’s most influential designers.

The collaboration between the two came almost naturally. Byronesque founder Gill Linton came across Marie Blanchet – head of vintage at Vestiaire – on Instagram and instantly wanted to work with the online platform as it shares the same ethos for beautiful pieces that go against fast fashion. “We’re ready to encourage more people to invest in better clothes and not put vintage on a museum pedestal,” said Linton of the collaboration. “It’s better to buy one great thing and make it last as part of a uniform, than it is to buy pieces because of the moment.”

Offering 200 one-off pieces, the collaboration brings a unique collection to its customers to show that vintage is more relevant than ever before. From Punk to the mid-00s, the pieces are carefully curated by Linton who looked beyond trends and selected clothing from brands such as Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, and Helmut Lang. There are even super rare items like Jeremy Scott’s logo trench, and Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1998 belted trench coats up for grabs.

For the occasion, some of the best pieces are featured in a short film entitled ‘No Ticket No Coat’ shot by renowned photographer Derek Ridgers, that reference the club scene of the 80s. The video features cameos from the likes of Michele Lamy and Suzi Leenars styled by Byronesque’s fashion director Tara St Hill and takes place in Paris’s oldest club La Java. “Vestiaire is French for cloakroom and we had a simple idea to metaphorically fill the cloakroom, with epic clothes,” said creative director Justin Westover. “Imagine what the cloakroom at the Blitz Club must have been like.”

“I capture people in their real and natural environments. People who are interesting,” Ridgers told us. “Byronesque talks about clothes that can’t necessarily be figured out straight away.” The film shows an underground club scene – a regular theme of choice for the photographer – with the models dancing to mesmerising electronic music. 

If you’re a fan of rare and iconic fashion items, you’ll be pleased to hear the collection is launching online tomorrow. Don’t hang around though, as they will likely be snatched up quickly. 

Watch the film below: