PICK OF THE MIX

From cities to eras, ven­dors choose their fa­vorites

The World of Chinese - - Group Think -

CHEN

E-shop, 回首已是百年身 (“When You Look Back, 100 Years Have Al­ready Passed”), Zhong­shan, Guang­dong Item: “This qi­pao (pic­tured top right) is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of what I love about vin­tage. It looks sim­ple, but the work­man­ship is ex­tremely com­plex.” Wish list: “A vinyl record. I was walk­ing through an an­tique mar­ket and heard it play­ing, but by the time cir­cled back, the stall owner said it had been sold. I can still re­mem­ber the melody to­day.”

LIU KE

Mega Vin­tage, Bei­jing City: Los An­ge­les Item: “I like clothes re­lated to mu­sic his­tory—hawai­ian shirts, bowl­ing shoes, and sou­venir band jack­ets from the 1950s, made with re­ally good qual­ity ma­te­rial and lots of embroidery.” Era: “The 1950s. It was a very pros­per­ous era for the Amer­i­can econ­omy; they pro­duced lots of mu­sic and movies, and au­to­mo­bile cul­ture.” Wish list: “Lately, I’ve been into the chi­mayo, New Mex­i­can wool vests of a dis­tinc­tive di­a­mond pat­tern. In the 1930s and 40s they came out with jack­ets us­ing a cash­mere blend, which I’d love to get my hands on, but they’re rare and very ex­pen­sive.”

SONG ZI­HANG (“XIAOYE”)

That Vin­tage Shop, Chengdu City: Paris Item: “At the Ham­mer­smith Fair in Lon­don, I bought a leather bag from the Vic­to­rian era. There was still a pho­to­graph of the orig­i­nal owner in­side, from 100 years ago; now we use it on our so­cial me­dia pages.” Era: “For women’s cloth­ing, the 1950s. The era I’d per­son­ally love to re­visit is the 1970s. I’m also a big fan of men’s tweeds.” Wish list: “If I ever see a cape in a Euro­pean vin­tage shop, I’ll buy it, and I won’t even look at the price.”

A-MAI

Qing Yuan Vin­tage Shop, Guangzhou Era: “I like to mix and match cloth­ing from dif­fer­ent eras to cre­ate a truly unique look. In the store, we tend to have mostly items from Europe, from the 1960s to 70s, things that are a bit funky.” Wish list: “I have a soft spot for hand-em­broi­dered beaded clothes—but only to col­lect, not to sell.”

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