For some people, buying clothes isn’t just a periodic activity, but a full-fledged lifestyle that requires trend surveillance, a keen knowledge of the resale market and deep pockets.
Collecting “hype” garments, particularly in streetwear, is something that has turned normal, everyday people from all over the globe into profitable merchants and even micro-celebrities with strong social media followings and sizable clout in the #industry.
For the latest installment of The Vault, we peeped inside the closet of Berlin-based videographer and avid Supreme collector Samuil Tatchev. Take a look at some of Sam's most coveted gear and read up on his spending habits below.
What's your favorite piece? Probably my Supreme Alpine cap from SS08 which James Jebbia signed for me when we met in Paris. He hasn't signed many things, you know, so this piece is kinda priceless. Another favorite is my Supreme quilted satin rose jacket from FW13 as well as my one-of-a-kind North Face ripstop anorak from the '90s.
How long have you been collecting streetwear/sneakers/fashion? Since 2006, roughly. I was collecting mostly caps in the beginning as I've always had a thing for caps and I couldn't afford anything else anyway. Think I have about 350 caps now, most of them never worn.
I've never been a big sneakerhead, so I wouldn't say that I have a huge collection of rare sneakers, but jackets are my weak spot. I've got a lot of rare jackets and most of them I bought after 2010 when I moved to Germany.
How do you organize your closet? (by brand? color? season?) I organize my jackets on the racks by type and color. My wardrobe is not super organized though. I have a big drawer for my rarest clothes that I don't wear often and one for my caps. Then I have another clothes stand for jerseys and shirts.
Everything else I sort by type - tees, long-sleeves, hoodies, pants and so on. I have like seven huge garbage bags full of clothes that I don't wear anymore stored in my basement, so maybe I'll do a garage sale soon.
How do you take care of your stuff? I hand wash all of my Supreme stuff and older pieces that have prints. I'll go to the dry cleaners if I ever mess up a jacket and use a Jason Markk cleaning solution for the shoes (when I'm not lazy). I wouldn't trust anybody to wash my clothes.
Where do you mostly buy your items? I buy most of my stuff online - eBay listings of old Supreme pieces are responsible for almost half of my closet. I've never paid above retail price for anything except one jersey that I was really pissed I couldn't cop at Supreme London in 2013.
Before the Supreme online shop opened in Europe, Firmament would stock some Supreme pieces every season and I got a bunch of stuff there. Paul's Boutique and Superconscious Berlin get some second hand Supreme as well from time to time, but with the recent hype around the brand it disappears instantly. For the stuff I wear everyday I shop mostly at Voo store, where I also work at the moment.