One year after launching the vintage e-commerce and editorial site Byronesque.com, Gill Linton is celebrating with a shoppable fashion retrospective in New York. Inspired by the notion that people treat vintage clothing too preciously, Linton wanted to create an approachable environment for viewing, purchasing, and learning about some of the rarest pieces in the world. "You can watch a film we did with Claude Montana and then walk into the exhibit and buy what’s on the mannequin," Linton says.
The site, which mandates that clothing be at least 20 years old to be considered truly vintage, partnered with retailers across the globe for the event, including Rellik in London, Replika in Los Angeles, and Devorado in New York. Perhaps most exciting for devoted fashion hunters are the pieces from private collections like those of Irene Silvagni, from her time working alongside Yohji Yamamoto, and Didier Ludot, who will be offering up his stash of Claude Montana for the first time. A late 70s studded leather jacket from Linton’s personal wardrobe and a coat from John Galliano’s graduate collection at Central Saint Martins (which is dramatically displayed in a locked cage) are the only two pieces not for sale. The one-of-a-kind aspect of many of these pieces is right in line with Byronesque’s overarching goal: Ultimately, Linton says, “I want people to stop buying fast fashion and stop looking like everyone else.”
Byronesque.com//Offline will be held from December 12th to the 15th from 11am to 8pm at the former James A. Farley Post Office at the corner of 8th Avenue and 31st Street in New York.