Setting foot in the wood-floored halls of The Vintage Showroom’s Seven Dials shop is like stepping back in time. Housed in the former FW Collins and Sons Ironmongers workshop in London’s West End, the retail outlet stocks a wide range of vintage menswear items such as Barbour jackets and Pendleton shirts alongside other collectible clothing. Opened in May 2009 by collectors extraordinaire Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett, the shop’s wares are but a preview to an even greater archive of some of the most iconic pieces of menswear history.

The shop on 14 Earlham Street, London

Just a stone’s throw away from their Covent Garden location, The Vintage Showroom Studio is home to one of the largest and most diverse vintage menswear collections ever assembled. The studio was established primarily as a fashion archive for designers to use as building blocks for their design process.

As the leading resource for vintage menswear in the United Kingdom, the Showroom features row upon row of immaculately preserved garments and accessories from early Edwardian boating jackets to motorcycle and aviation clothing, military garments and even work-related apparel such as Japanese peasant wear and American denim.

With a collection spanning thousands of pieces, Gunn and Luckett sought to document a selection of their archive by publishing Vintage Menswear — A Collection From The Vintage Showroom in 2012. The book serves an iconic reference guide that takes you on a journey through sartorial history, unearthing stories behind many of the clothes we wear today. If you want to get your hands on the real thing, however, the showroom is available by appointment only and pieces from the collection may be purchased or hired from as preferred.


The Vintage Showroom [Studio]
 20 Buspace Studios, Conlan Street, London, W10 5AP
 The Vintage Showroom [Shop]
 14 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LN

Written by Phillip Gangan for MNSWR Magazine Read the original article on

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