Dapper Chap #2 is Lassi, a student of English philology and History, from Finland. In his words, he is “a vintage enthusiast, a lover of all things beautiful, and a devout defender of everything old by heart.” An avid vintage shoe collector, he is also the president of the Finnish Vintage Association, Fintage-ry, based in Tampere, where he lives and studies. You can check out their website at www.fintage.net (the English part explains a little bit about them).
When it comes to aesthetic and design tastes, Lassi enjoys both the organic flourishes of Art Nouveau (esp. German Jugendstil) and the streamlined modernity of the interwar period. When it comes to vintage fashion, he is particularly partial to the 1930s, due to the ideal ways that 30s clothing was tailored to accentuate the proportions of a man’s body, as well as “the quality of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the understated play with colour” prominent in 30s menswear. Like many vintage wearers, Lassi also gravitates towards vintage because it “stands for recycling and sustainable development plus culture and history.”
As his ensembles below make clear, Lassi has a keen and impeccable eye for detail. However, he tells me he usually he opts for “a more laid-back and workwear-oriented approach” because “with these clothes I can signal that I love that era, be stylish, and look a little bit disheveled in the midst of it all. If I were to wear a suit, however, it would have to look perfect. Too much pressure there! Also, 30s suits are sadly in the minority in my wardrobe, as I am lean and tall, a bad combination for vintage suits! Whenever I am out watching burlesque or some other such event I wear my trusted 1930's black tie.” Whether formally dressed or not, Lassi is clearly one dapper vintage wearer!