You’ve Never Seen a Vintage Archive like David Casavant’s

There’s a reason Carine Roitfeld and Kanye West have the stylist on speed dial. New York.

By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Alec Kugler

Traditionally, the road to becoming a respected stylist is paved with sleepless nights, steamer burns, being buried under garment bags, and a breakdown or two on the subway for good measure. And while David Casavant has been there and done that, most twentysomethings who’ve clocked in hours with the likes of Katie Grand and Carine Roitfeld don’t have Kanye West and Rihanna (to name a few) hitting them up to work together away from the watchful eye of their mentors. But David does.

It goes something like this: Casavant carved his own niche in an industry flush with talent and stood out from the noise by offering what literally no one else can, largely because said niche involves specializing in impossible-to-find vintage designer clothing. Vintage menswear, to be specific—and the magnitude of what Casavant offers is almost impossible to understand. That is, until you find yourself at his downtown apartment and his team begins to wheel out, in rapid succession, rolling rack after rolling rack stuffed with his priceless archive, primarily made up of vintage Raf Simons and Helmut Lang that dates back to the late ’80s and early ’90s. Then you really get it.

Originally from Tennessee, Casavant first began trolling (RIP) before it dawned on him to get serious about perusing eBay to put together what would become his archive. One stint at Central Saint Martins later (he was studying to become a designer before a professor insisted he was better suited to styling), and he found himself assisting Roitfeld, Grand, and Mel Ottenberg. Fast-forward a few years later, and he was hosting West and styling Young Thug out of his black, white, and gold-clad downtown apartment with the collection he’s amassed. So the next time someone chides your shopping habit, you know who to point them to.