The Real Vintage (pt.I)
Vintage Stores In Taipei
I've always wanted to visit vintage stores in Taiwan. My "ideal vintage clothes" are those real old "only for Grandpa/ma " shirts or dresses. Most importantly, every piece of clothing has to have their own unique and appealing story. However, I have never found a store that met all of my requirements, until now.
Before starting this vintage journey, I've already done some research on Travis and it seemed so mysterious (which of course made me even more excited). Located in one of many narrow alleys in Chifeng Street, Travis sells vintage clothes dating from the 1930s to 1990s and doesn't only open its door for "vintage experts". I know it's gonna be a whole new world the second I stepped into the store. Immediately, I was taken away by these bomber jackets full of embroidery hanging all over the wall. And nothing could compare to these old but iconic pieces like leather jackets, denim and band tees, which had me at the first sight. Did I mention how amazingly friendly the owner of Travis is??
Among all these mind-blowing bad boys, I noticed some colorful bowling shirts with names like Clyde or Johnny and patterns of bowling alleys. I picked up a royal blue one with a yellow collar (my fav color combination) and went straight to the fitting room.
It fits just like the Zara shirt I wrote about in "Never Only Shop In Women's" (Hell, I forgot to take photos of me wearing it). When the owner said: "This is what someone in the US army wore to bowl in the 50s.", I was so so so speechless. I felt like it's so fragile that it could fall apart in a second yet so strong and powerful to be preserved perfectly till now. I mean, yes, I know vintage clothes are from the old old eras (duuuh!), but it’s one thing to know that and another to actually wear and experience its history in person
它就跟我之前寫的文章 "Never Only Shop In Women's"裡面那件Zara男裝一樣合身 (可惡，我竟然忘記拍我穿上的樣子)。當老闆說:「這是50年代美軍穿得保齡球衣。」的時候，我震撼到無話可說(雞皮疙瘩都來了!!)。瞬間我覺得身上這件脆弱到可以直接在一秒內解體，又覺得它強壯到可以完整保存到現在。 沒錯，我也知道古著就是這些有年代已經再也買不到的衣服(廢話)，但是用想的跟實際穿上的感覺完全是兩回事啊!!!
This is another piece I chose to try on. I was so in love with the yellow details in the front and back (yes, I know, I forgot to shoot the back side of this t-shirt). This one is from the 70s, and let me tell you, I can totally imagine people wearing this one dancing disco.
The owner told me T-shirts made in the US in early ages have a special feature--they are seamless. Those T-shirts were made in a single process forming, without sewing front and back pieces together. Producing tees slow, but very comfortable and more good-looking. A side note for y'all , you are aware of every vintage cloth is one and only version, aren't you?? So prepare your $$, just in case.
Address: No.4-1, Ln. 41, Chifeng St., Datong Dist., Taipei City(Metro Zhongshan station exportation 4)/ 臺北市赤峰街41巷4號1樓(捷運中山站4號出口)
Opens from 14:00 to 22:00
Fashion always makes my jaw drops in many ways. This vintage hunting trip hasn't ended yet (another vintage store post is coming for y'all!!), but I was pretty surprised how well the journey goes. Although I did not buy anything from Travis this time, I would definitely go back once in a while. There are so many other stories behind clothes to be discovered waiting for us to dig them out. Vintage clothing is the world I've never had a chance to explore until I walked into Travis. The REAL vintage, fashion as well, should tell the stories happened in its golden age, not just the price. (Lastly, allow me to end this post with the cute owner of Travis)