Like snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or dropping acid for the first time, diving headfirst into the dizzingly vast world of vintage clothing can be a little intimidating. It helps to have a knowledgable sherpa to keep you steady and pointed in the right direction. And as far as we’re concerned, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better vintage guru than Raggedy Threads founder Jaime Wong.
More than two decades ago, Wong got her start flipping throwback grails at L.A.’s legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market, before opening her own standalone shop in Downtown Los Angeles in 2002. In 2016, she cut the ribbon on a second Raggedy Threads outpost in Williamsburg, and it’s been a beloved fixture in the neighborhood ever since—brimming with all the mouthwatering shredded denim, perfectly faded sweatshirts, and pristine souvenir jackets you could ever want.
For the latest episode of #ShopTalk on the @GQRecommends Instagram, we asked Wong to show off all her latest finds and rarest gems. Here are her picks for the impeccable vintage garms worth investing in pronto.