A view of Byronesque’s home page.
“I can never get people to understand that poetry is the expression of excited passion, and that there is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever, “ Lord Byron wrote [in a letter to Thomas Moore, 5 July 1821]. While he may have been right on the life front- most of us could hardly live in a perennially manic state- eternal fever is perhaps an apt description for the driving force behind most designers’ work and that of those who collect it. A luxury vintage website named after the romantic poet himself- Byronesque- launched today, bringing its curated selection of high end vintage pieces to a global audience.
Vintage e-commerce has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, yet Byronesque is arguably the first of its kind to present such a specific universe and point of view: an atmospheric all-noir homepage that hosts listings for a tight edit of pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Yohji Yamamoto, among others, each replete with approximate or precise year and condition report. Its unique crowd-sourced approach to inventory- and oh, what a rarefied crowd it is, with 3 of the world’s best vintage retailers- Quidam de Revel in Paris, One of a Kind in London, and A New World Order in New York- pushes new boundaries and helps these very special businesses expand their reach. Something like a rock&roll band with the scope of a sold-out stadium tour that retains the intimacy and character of small venues. But enough with analogies. We highly recommend the editorial section, which currently features a video of the sublimely velvety-voiced Diane Pernet waxing poetic on the eternal fever of late couturier Charles James, and the imagined stories behind the ‘scars’ on a series of iconic vintage pieces by Jake Chapman.
A soon-to-be-launched members-only archive resource called The Back Room will cater to designers, offering “…first refusal on new inventory, design-specific editorial, a growing archive of beautifully photographed vintage items, and a personal shopper resource based on existing tastes.”
Watch this space. Below, a handful of our favorite pieces from Byronesque’s current Women’s line-up.
Yves Saint Laurent Variation Silk Cape, 1983-86, $2,615.00, via Quidam de Revel, Paris
Jean Paul Gaultier Gibo Polyester Blend Jump Suit, 1983-88, $6,670.00, via One of a Kind/London
Thierry Mugler Velvet Skirt & Bra Top, $1,595.00, via The New World Order/New York
Lambswool bag, Designer unknown, mid 1960s, $4,355.00, via One of a Kind/London
Strapless wool crepe jumpsuit, Designer unknown, 1980s, $550.00, via The New World Order/New York
Romeo Gigli oversized cotton shirt, 1980s, $880.00, via The New World Order/New York
Thierry Mugler Apollo “Jelly” shoes, 1985, $765.00, via The New World Order/New York