A true vintage king: Matt Deckard of Matt Deckard Apparel When a vintage queen meets a vintage king – our amazing Vintage Queen no 69, Brooksie, has caught up with Matt Deckard of Matt Deckard Apparel to talk style, vintage and how to look sharp as a modern gentleman. The Matt Deckard Apparel Company is located in Orange County, California, but Matt travels across the US as his suits are bespoke and made by appointment only and require meeting with one of the tailors before ordering. Shirts are available bespoke or made to order in a range of sizes. Customers can see available styles on the website and then decide which ones will be custom-made just for them from hundreds of high quality fabrics from around the world. I decided to interview Matt because of his keen sense of style and his wonderful sartorial knowledge, and I really enjoyed doing this interview – he is both witty and charming. From the very moment I had him on the phone I felt like I was talking to a good friend that I have known forever. BROOKSIE: Thank you so much Matt for participating in this interview, I really appreciate it. When did you first develop your sense of personal style? MATT: It was during my high school years when I was about 15 years old, I really admired golden era movies and how the men in them dressed. I was inspired by the fit of the clothes back in the day of those movie stars, such as Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Humphrey Bogart. BROOKSIE: How long have you been into things of the vintage nature? MATT: I really started to get into vintage during the swing movement of the late Nineties, even though I did not swing dance at the time, I loved the clothes and enjoyed spending time with others of a like mind. Soon after that I got into swing dancing because for me it was a natural progression. In this day and age I have noticed that the sense of occasion is lost and there is now a complete lack of dressing up in society. BROOKSIE: Why specifically ( besides having a love for clothes) did you start your company Matt Deckard Apparel? MATT: Due to a frustration with clothes fitting right, nothing off the rack fits well at all, so I decided to go with custom made suits and even they did not look, feel, or fit right. The tailors all seemed to have a one-shape-fit-all attitudes. Even though suits are still being made, nobody was really doing suits in the styles of the bygone eras that had pretty much became a lost art. So I found some tailors that were willing to work with me and to be trained to resurrect the suits of yesterday for the modern man of today. My suits are designed around each individual’s anatomy, with comfort and a sense of balance being high priorities. Each suit really is personalized, accentuating the positive and minimizing the flaws. Integrity of craftsmanship and quality of materials are also very important to me and my company.