In charge of vintage at Killiwatch for more than twenty years, Jacques is passionate about clothing. The occasion was too good to go for a walk in his wardrobe and get to know him better!
Hello Jacques! Today you manage all the vintage for Killiwatch. How did you get there?
By chance in 1997. I hated vintage clothes at the time. For me, it was inconceivable to wear second hand clothes. I got there and I was amazed by this world of vintage, the quality of the old clothes, the relationship with customers who are curious and open-minded. People from all over the world come here, including fashion personalities like Paul Smith. When he is in Paris, he has come to see me almost every time for the past seven years. He is absolutely kind, asking me what works, what young people want. It's crazy!
Were you already passionate about clothes before you came to Killiwatch?
I've always loved clothes. We lived not far from the Saint-Ouen flea market when I was young, it was our Sunday stroll and it was a paradise at the time. My father bought me my first jeans when I was 5 years old, I gave myself my first 501 when I was 15 and since then I've been a bit monomaniacal with denim (laughs).
Do you have a lot of T-shirts in your closet?
I love T-shirts because they're timeless, I almost always wear T-Shirts. I've been buying them for a very long time. I even keep the T-shirts that have stains, which you only wear at home because they're dirty and they're often the ones you like the best (laughs). I'm a jeans lover so it goes very well with everything! I prefer basic colors (blue, black, white, grey).
Can you tell us a little bit about your favorite pieces?
It's hard to choose, I have a lot of them...
I really like this t-shirt by Marvin Gaye, who is one of my idols with this quote "War Is Not The Answer".
Among my favorites, there are also these Lakers T-shirts. I'm not a basketball fan at all but this whole series was crazy! The Magic Johnson is one of my favorite tee-shirts, I've had it for 40 years!
There's also this Washington Redskins tee-shirt, an absolute collector's item because they no longer have the right to be called Redskins.
I also have a lot of Uniqlo tee-shirts, especially the whole series around Blue Note which are great. All their tee-shirts are about music, by the way: the Fender collection is beautiful, their model of the Beastie Boys or The Clash. Then the tee-shirts they make around Japanese food like Ramen's brands are crazy!
And on the sweatshirt side, I love this one from Blue Note that they released in the early 90's for the promotion of the label!
You have a lot of band T-shirts and I understand that you were a big record collector and also a DJ; do you have any outstanding memories from this period?
Yes, I mixed before the Beastie Boys before the Olympia for example. I got a call that day at noon to ask if I was interested. It was at the release of "Hello Nasty" and I spent 30/40 minutes of a mix of songs they had sampled, Brazilian music... a great memory! I played before Toots & the Maytals in a Zenith or with Tony Allen who played drums on the records I was playing, it was crazy !