INSPIRATION is an annual gathering in New York and Los Angeles which brings together international vendors, collectors and exhibitors of some of the best vintage clothing and one of a kind merchandise. After missing the 2015 show, I made sure to mark my calendar for the 2016 show this past February. I talked some other vintage-enthusiast friends into joining me, and we headed to the show not knowing exactly what to expect. Well, the website doesn’t lie or exaggerate – the impressive show was full of amazing American and Japanese vintage pieces, with many focusing on early 1900’s workwear. It was like having all the best flea market vendors all under one roof. Additional vendors sold handmade & leather goods as well as vintage objects and collectibles.
For someone like me who appreciates the textures and character of well-worn fabrics, this was a feast for the eyes and imagination! I was inspired to revisit my vintage fabric collection and look at new ways to pair (and repair) them… carefully patched & mended trousers and jackets became instant points of reference, while head-to-toe outfits on other visitors of the show sparked ideas for color & fabric combinations. Many garments I saw reminded me of fabrics I already own, but I also was inspired to purchase some vintage Japanese fabrics to add to my collection.
All around, our experience was a success, and the calendar is already marked for next year’s show!
I came home with two purchases from the show… 1. a stack of vintage Japanese cottons and silks, and 2. a repaired vintage French workwear jacket.
P.S. I just had to include the video from the Inspiration website… two of my friends appear in the first overview shot as they wandered down one of the aisles.