When in Stockholm we visited the fantastisk butiken, Herr Judit, which offers a stellar selection of vintage European and American men's garb, as well as canvas bags, leather accessories, classic boots and brogues. New independent designers are also featured in the shop, and the general vibe of the stock is either rustic-'50s-workwear, or slick mod suiting. You'll never see shop-keeps dressed in cooler preppy '80s gear, taking cues from Absolute Beginners with a bit of Dexy's Midnight Runners thrown in. We were assisted by a ridiculously good-looking lad with a perfect blonde pompadour, bleachy Levi's rolled up (no socks), and a classic oxford button-down. There is no doubt he was created in Morrissey's dreams, and had walked straight out of this video. Had the The Sartorialist seen him, he would've just passed out.
Above and below: The shop's cool decor, and me, falling in love with a crazy-heavy, square-shaped old leather suitcase that wouldn't have been a practical purchase at the beginning of a sightseeing trip. It was hard to pass up, but perhaps my magic invisibility spell worked, and it awaits me until my next Svenska visit.
Mister Taylor found the green M-65 U.S. military jacket of his dreams, and we were laughing that after all his searching in the states, he finally found the perfect one in Sweden. Further proof that all the coolest American vintage has been taken overseas. Bummer for today, but a happy surprise when you take a vacation : ) Judit also has a vintage home décor shop nearby, called Brandstationen (due to its location in an old fire station), that was tragically closed the day we visited. We can't wait to return and do some damage to our credit.
Above: Mr. Taylor in his beloved field jacket, which he wears nearly everyday, offering me the very first Swedish raspberry I've ever tasted right off the bush. It was the the most heavenly berry I've ever tasted.
Hornsgatan 65, Stockholm
Tel. 08/658 30 37
Photos: J.B. Taylor