One of the very nice benefits of flying to Los Angeles for Rin Tanaka’s Inpiration Show was meeting all the amazing local fashion genii that reside in the greater L.A. area.Â Â My blogging has helped me grow many virtual friendships.Â These computer friendships are often difficult to manifest in the real world when the world of clothing nuts is so spread out across so many countries.Â In L.A. I was determined to meet Bill Sack, vintage shoe nut and co-owner of a very special store known as Craft Work Wear .Â I am very very proud to announce that Himel Brothers Leather jackets can be seen and tried on at their store on 513 N La Cienega.Â Bill has created a gallery space celebrating his love of vintage inspired clothing, vintage clothing and boots.Â His love and knowledge of boots would make Imelda Marcos blush.Â I asked Bill about his store before I decided that they would be the best representative for my jackets in L.A., ok …I asked him after but I knew he was cool!
Me: Bill, how did you get into clothing?
Bill: From as far back as I can remember I’ve always been a clothes horse.Â All my extra coin went to clothes.Â I was always attracted to classic Menswear…. from Prep to Workwear, but enjoyed playing around with theÂ traditional “rules”, and mixed the two, trying to achieve my own flavor.Â Â Growing up I was on the fat side…. My best bet to get laid was to beÂ Â funnier and better dressed than the empty-headed, flip- flop clad,Â Â pretty-boy standing next to me.
Me:Â Bill what is your clothing philosophy?
Bill:Â I’d call my clothing philosophy Dandy-Street-Americana. There’s anÂ appreciation for history there… Both for manufacturing andÂ construction. The history of certain pieces or silhouettes.Â Understanding the original application or inspiration, but then making itÂ my own by purposefully turning some of those conventions on their head.Â Sometimes it means going over the top with FOLLOWING traditionalÂ sartorial rules (i.e. the Dandy side), or abandoning them all togetherÂ and creating something contemporary and new (the Street side).
Me:Â Hey Bill,Â what is your store concept?
Bill:Â Â We’re aiming with the store, to offer a mix that defies typicalÂ boutique categorization. The goal isn’t to offer a 1940’s uniform fromÂ head to toe. We try to put together a collection that represents what weÂ would want in our closets. Some stuff is pricier and more fashionÂ forward, like Japanese brand Kapital, but we also have a good selectionÂ of locally manufactured basic’s like 1939 and Farm Tactics. We reallyÂ try to shine light on brands that are making GOOD stuff…. not justÂ marketing themselves well. Good, honest products that are what they areÂ even if you never saw their lookbook or read their blog…………Â Oh….. And we sell your jackets too…. They’re alright I guess…
Me:Â Gee Bill thanks …your alright..good people.