Fair Fashion Portrait: Franky

''Vintage clothing is unique, has charisma and is of better quality''

 

Franky (30) only buys his clothes second-hand. The clothes racks in the room are only filled with vintage pieces. He is always looking for gems and often finds them through Vinted. ''Why buy a new 300 euro skipper's jacket when you can score one for 9 euros at the cycle?''

door  Sebastiaan Rodenhuis

NonFiction Photo Festival

Old is what strikes the clock at Franky. His clothes take you back in time. To a period where much was still made by hand, with attention to qualitative fabrics. That's where it's at. "Clothing has to be vintage for me. The designs are more original and the finish is more beautiful," he says. His love for old clothes has resulted in a large collection of unique pieces.

This collection is constantly growing. Currently he is hooked on vintage fitted suits. He is looking for gems every week, but does not always buy something. On average, he brings in one suit every three weeks. Because it really has to be an addition to what he already has. ''My collection is quite large, the saturation is starting to show up nicely. But I can consciously keep buying, because it is not newly produced." He is therefore opposed to fast fashion, buying a lot of new clothes at a rapid pace. Longing for the fashion standards of the 60s and 70s he likes to do. "At that time, people were very consciously working on the purchase. Less was bought, but of better quality. Today the pace is faster, people give in to the urge to buy," he says.

According to Franky, both the consumer and the producer must take steps towards a sustainable world. With an eye for human conditions, quality clothing and limiting the aforementioned urge to buy. But it's not easy. "It has to come from both sides," he says. ''As a consumer, it is important that you make a wise choice, but then that option must be offered by the producer. That is still not happening enough. But by buying only second-hand clothes, you can already make a big difference."

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