Gallery Dept. Is Josué Thomas' Hub For Creative Endeavors
Contrary to popular opinion, Los Angeles fashion isn’t all Hollywood glitz and boho festival threads. Southern California is one of the best sources for authentic vintage and historically remade clothing. We are, after all, just north of Orange County, bedrock of throwback rockabilly style. We have one of the best flea markets in the country, with buyers coming in literally from all over the world just to shop. And many vintage fashion sellers lend their expertise to film and movie productions. How does all this old-timey fashion slip by? The signature spin here is an emphasis on modern wearability as opposed to a costumey time-capsule look.
Enter Josué Thomas, owner of Gallery Dept. in the heart of Hollywood, just down the street from iconic vintage menswear mecca Mister Freedom. Gallery Dept. is a platform for music, visual art, photography, and fashion. The Beverly Blvd. storefront, while stocked with racks of ready-to-wear hand finished vintage and custom clothing, acts as a kind of hub for all of Thomas’ creative endeavors. While other vintage retailers can get caught up in preservation of older clothes, Thomas sees the importance of integrating the past into the present into order to look good for the future, and caters his creations to all genders. At Gallery Dept., vintage military pants and Levi’s jeans are often altered for a modern fit and treated to the perfect amount of patching and distressing. On a given day you might find Josué carefully customizing a pair of jeans to perfectly fit their wearer. On another he might be creating a custom mixtape that perfectly vibes Or maybe he’s shooting the lookbook for his own Gallery Dept. designs.
Either way, it’s all done with a vision of how clothing from the past can be brought into the future. There’s even a bit of humor to boot: One of Gallery Dept.’s most popular items is a pari of made-to-order hand painted Vans Authentic sneakers, coated in a ubiquitous bubblegummy shade Josué calls “Satire Pink.”
Check the video above to hear more about Josué’s inspirations in his own words.