On the yearly vintage run to LA, Kapital designer Kiro Hirata starts the hunt for inspiration for his ever wild mens and women’s collections.  He joins his buddy Eric Kvatek who has been shooting Kapital’s cult catalogue for over a decade to scour, drink, ride, roll, and side-step their way through the bountiful world of American vintage.  Eric shoots Kiro’s world of flea markets, dive bars, and some of the best vintage stores in the Americas.  ‘Take it from here Eric…

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Chuck’s Vintage
“It’s never dull with owner Madeline, we had a night out to Jumbo’s Clown Room in her classic white Pontiac Firebird convertible.  Jumbo’s Clown Room is a classic spot, with a pole dancing bar that has never been remodelled, no nudity, serious performers, cheap beer, and just amazing.”

8012 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles,
CA 90048,
United States

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The Ace Hotel
“Inadvertently checked in during Gay Pride, rolled with it, record heat, thankfully for the roof top pool!”

929 S Broadway,
Los Angeles,
CA 90015,
United States

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“We had dinner with Mr. Freedom on Abbot Kinney.  It was trendy but ok, specializing in seasonal vegetables.”

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd,
CA 90291,
United States


Long Beach flea market 
“This is more like a real flea market compared to the Rose Bowl.  We started at 5:00am, guided by Greg from The Window.”

Long Beach City College
Veteran’s Memorial Stadium,
4901 E Conant St,
Long Beach,
CA 90808,
United States

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Lot, Stock & Barrel
“Welcome to chain stitch heaven ! This is a vintage store by super hotties Ben and Florence.”

801 Traction Ave,
Los Angeles,
CA 90013,
United States

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Mr. Freedom
“The French take on American vintage by Christophe Loiren, with a perpetual loop of “Mutiny on the Bounty” on the wide screen TV in store.”

7161 Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles,
CA 90036,
United States

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Nickel Diner
“Bacon donuts, downtown… This is the place.”

524 S Main St,
Los Angeles,
CA 90013,
United States

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Raggedy Threads 
“Jaime’s original vintage store near Little Tokyo.”

330 E 2nd St,
Los Angeles,
CA 90012,
United States


The Window
“An eclectic mix of home furnishings on Melrose, and occasionally a vintage VW Karmen Ghia, owned by Greg Wooten and Lorca (Leonard Cohen’s daughter… second location in Paris).”

6825 Melrose Ave.,
Los Angeles,
CA 90038
United States

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Vintage Productions 
“Bob Chatt’s military showroom, one of the true experts of vintage military”.

16182 Gothard St,
Huntington Beach,
CA 92647,
United States

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Shot by Eric Kvatek / Words Eric Kvatek and Lauren Yates.

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