expertly curated vintage

All-Too Familiar

While sifting between school uniforms and Goodwill sweaters, old costumes and familial heirlooms, creatives Clay Stephen Gardner and Mary Sucaet found overflows of inspiration amongst the all-too familiar. After taking a visit to Mary’s childhood home, they both constructed timelessly innovative ensembles out of the otherwise-seeming mundane or dull. From pairing vintage handkerchiefs with uniform skirts, and embroidered leather alongside lace stockings, their orchestrated collection shows how the residents of a childhood home’s basement can instill a lifelong affinity for well-made, and well-loved, clothing. 

PHOTOGRAPHY_ CLAY STEPHEN GARDNER

STYLING_ MARY SUCAET

MODELS_ MADELYN WHITLEY / MARGO WHITLEY (NEW YORK MODELS)

MARGO WEARS_ JACKET_ VINTAGE_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / JEANS_ LEE_ VINTAGE_ FRONT GENERAL STORE / UNDERWEAR_ UPCYCLED_ MODEL’S OWN

MARGO WEARS_ BUNNYEARS_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / T-SHIRT_ 1960S_ MOTHFOOD / SWEATSHIRT_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / SHORTS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN 

MADELYN WEARS_ HANDKERCHIEF_ 1940S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM / TOP_ UPCYCLED FROM FABRIC SCRAPS / SKIRT_ UPCYCLED SCHOOL UNIFORM_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / UNDERWEAR_ MODEL’S OWN 

 

MARGO WEARS_ TOP_ UPCYCLED FROM FABRIC SCRAPS / SKIRT_ UPCYCLED SCHOOL UNIFORM_ 1990S_ GOODWILL 

MADELYN WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SWEATSHIRT_ 1990S_ MOTHFOOD / GLOVES_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / SKIRT_ RALPH LAUREN_ 1990S_ GOODWILL

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SWEATSHIRT_ CHAMPION_ 1980S_ ARMADA FLEA MARKET / SKIRT_ UPCYCLED TUTU_ 2000S_ GOODWILL

MADELYN WEARS_ TEE_ 1980S_ GOODWILL / JEANS_ LEE_ VINTAGE_ FRONT GENERAL STORE / BOOTS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN 

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SWEATSHIRT_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / SHORTS_ RUSSELL BRAND ATHLETICS_ 1990S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM / SHOES_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SOCKS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN

MADELYN WEARS_ HANDKERCHIEF_ 1940S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM / TOP_ HANDMADE_ VINTAGE_ GOODWILL / JEANS_ VINTAGE SAILOR DENIM_ 1950S_ CHICKEE’S / UNDERWEAR_ MODEL’S OWN 

 

MARGO WEARS_ SWEATSHIRT_ AGNES B. HOMME PARIS_ 1990S_ CHICKEE’S / BELT_ 1970S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM /SHORTS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN 

MADELYN WEARS_ JACKET_ RALPH LAUREN_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / DRESS_ UPCYCLED SCHOOL UNIFORM SKIRT AS DRESS_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / SHOES_ BOTTEGA VENETA_ THE REALREAL / SOCKS_ 1940S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ MODEL’S OWN / JACKET_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / TURTLENECK_ RALPH LAUREN_ 1990S_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM

MARGO WEARS_ T-SHIRT_ 1980S_ GOODWILL / SHORT’S_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN 

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / JACKET_ VINTAGE EMBROIDERED LEATHER_ AMERICAN HEART_ 1990S_ GOODWILL / STOCKINGS_ UPCYCLED STOCKINGS WITH UPCYCLED BOWS_ GOODWILL

MADELYN WEARS_ SHIRT_ MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA_ 2000S_ DEPOP / TIGHTS_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / RAIN JACKET_ ARMY SURPLUS_ 1980S_ JOE’S ARMY/NAVY / BOOTS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / TOP_ COMME DES GARçONS_ 1990S_ BEACON’S CLOSET / BUTTON_ UPCYCLED MICKEY MOUSE HEIRLOOM_ ARMADA FLEA MARKET

MADELYN WEARS_ TOP_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / HANDCUFFS_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / JEANS_ VINTAGE SAILOR DENIM_ 1950S_ CHICKEE’S

MARGO WEARS_ EARRINGS_ VINTAGE_ MODEL’S OWN / SHIRT_ UPCYCLED_ JIL SANDER_ 2000S_ THE REAL REAL / TIGHTS_ UPCYCLED COSTUME ACCESSORY_ GOODWILL / SHOES_ CHUCK TAYLOR_ STYLIST’S FAMILY HEIRLOOM