We’re so excited about the beautiful collection of vintage denim that we’ve just launched on our site. Each piece in this collection has been carefully selected by our in-house vintage buyer Ali, who searched the US from east to west, from personal archives to large flea markets, hand-picking each item as she went. I caught up with her to find out more about the collection and to gain some knowledge about vintage denim.
Ali is very proud to have curated such a unique collection for Free People. “I like to think that this is one of the strongest vintage denim collections for sale in the country as we speak,” she said. It’s filled with cool, rare, one-of-a-kind styles – about 150 pieces in total. You’ll find pieces from big names like Levis and Lee right alongside styles from lesser-known brands with cool fits and washes — from as far back as the early 1900s all the way to the 1980s. Overalls were a big focus for this collection, as they’re huge this season, and paint-splatter jeans were a big idea, as well. You’ll also find rare pleated jackets from the 40s, amazing denim aprons, and even a denim umbrella! What really sticks out about the collection is that it’s not really about your everyday jean. The idea is to accessorize your usual outfit with unique denim pops.
Ali has a great collection of books about vintage denim which have helped to contribute to her extensive knowledge on the subject. Thumbing through a couple of them, what I found the most interesting was discovering how to determine the age of a piece based elements like stitches, pleats, and labels, based on knowledge of that particular brand.
As you may expect, Ali’s home is filled to the brim with unique vintage treasures – including lots of denim — that are carefully displayed throughout. Here’s a little glimpse:
See a full tour of Ali’s home here.
Finally, I wanted to leave you with Ali’s top 4 picks of the collection!
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