Loft No.6 is the third opening from experienced Taiwanese storeowner Samuel Hsin, owner of much-loved boutique Radiance Trunk
. Like his first two efforts, Loft No.6 features heritage brands from America and Europe.
This vintage American menswear store caters to a narrower niche, with most of the offerings stocked from authoritative Japanese cult favourite, The Real McCoy’s. There is a heavy focus on ’40s and ’50s motorcycle and military-inspired styles, mostly from the Buco and Real McCoy’s lines.
Perhaps ‘inspired’ is an understatement – these are definitely not your run-of-the-mill vintage knock-offs. Each garment is a meticulous replica, down to the now-defunct Talon zippers. They are as close to ‘the real deal’ as you can get from something made this century.
These ‘authentic reproductions’ come at a price, of course. The tags, which are carbon copies of the originals, have a brow-raising number of zeroes printed in vintagestyle typography. The now-iconic J-100 horsehide motorcycle jacket, for example, is 11,650RMB, while the reproduction Second World War military- issue A-2 flight jacket, a classic emblem of the Americana aesthetic (pictured right), is 13,750RMB.
Loft No.6 also stocks a small number of handcrafted leather boots from Washington-based White’s Boots (from 4,000RMB), and canvas bags from Thrux Lawrence (from 3,000RMB), but it’s more than just an apparel store.
Hsin wants to educate customers about the Americana lifestyle, which extends beyond back-to-basics, functional menswear to include an appreciation for 20th-century American history, culture, philosophy – even furniture. The space is filled with stunning handpicked pieces from the 1900s to the ’70s (Hsin’s father is an antique dealer). Industrial lighting fixtures and period objets d’art dot the room, while cowboy hats and vintage saddles are carefully displayed under the stairs.
At the back of the store is a white-tiled barber station, where you can get an old-school shave or cut from Japanese professional stylist Ishida Ryuzo on Saturdays (hair cut 300RMB). Yes, it’s a bit of a gimmick, but we’re into it.
The top floor is a VIP area, plucked straight from the sepiatinted dreams of an Americana enthusiast. The lounge area is decked out like a vintage bachelor pad – the foosball table, bar and leather couch are all antiques. Hsin has grand plans for the space, and intends to host regular trunk shows and art exhibitions. All Americana, of course.