The owner of a new vintage clothing store in Prince Albert says he hopes to capitalize on a trend and help the environment at the same time.
“When you get clothes from the 1980s and 90s, that’s where the good pieces are,” said Luke Stead, owner of Moth Vintage.
Stead, 21, says he’s been wearing vintage clothes since he was a teenager, which led him to open Moth Vintage Clothing. He buys gently used clothes from the local public, online and from other vintage clothing collectors to resell at the store.
“A lot of times you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else in the world could have,” he said.
The store is stocked with brand name pieces from the 1960s to 2000s, including concert t-shirts and many other “wanted” logos.
“Aerosmith – a very popular band in the 70s or 80s, this is a shirt from their gig,” Stead said. “You get something authentic here instead of a replica.”
He says many of his customers buy vintage items for environmental reasons and that’s also one of the motivations for having the store.
“We’re looking to stop fast fashion, where these places are making clothes that are very cheap and in large quantities, so what ends up happening is there’s more clothes going to landfill,” said Stead.
He says the store’s clothing has stood the test of time and is made from quality fabrics and materials; some are new and have been in someone’s closet for years.
“It will just last longer. Maybe you can even wear that vintage piece for a while and then give it to someone else and they can enjoy it too,” Stead said.
He says celebrities also influence vintage clothing trends.
Moth Vintage is located on Central Avenue in Prince Albert and opened its doors a few weeks ago.