How Sean Wotherspoon Turns Flea Market Finds Into Wardrobe Staples

If there’s anyone that understands the meaning of someone else’s trash being someone else’s treasure, it’s Sean Wotherspoon.

The 29-year old fashion and footwear entrepreneur is a master at spotting grailed vintage finds at flea markets and flipping them at his Round Two consignment locations. Aside from that, he’s also had a more than successful Air Max 1/97 collaboration with Nike that’s still flooding Instagram feeds two years later.

The first look at Sean Wotherspoon's Air Max 1/97 hybrid.
The first look at Sean Wotherspoon’s Air Max 1/97 hybrid.

On top of his co-created Air Max, he’s also got two other collaborations with Nike – neither of which actually hit the market.

The first was his Geoff McFetridge inspired Air Max 1 (1 of 2 produced) that featured multi-colored corduroy paneling that reveals floral fabrics by tearing the exterior to get to the underneath layering.

The aftermath effects of Sean Wotherspoon's Air Max 1/97 resulted in the 1 of 2 production of this Air Max 1.
The aftermath effects of Sean Wotherspoon’s Air Max 1/97 resulted in the 1 of 2 production of this Air Max 1.
When you can't decide between the clean color blocking and graphic heavy embellishments.
When you can’t decide between the clean color blocking and graphic heavy embellishments.
The real details lie beneath. Spring is in full bloom.
The real details lie beneath. Spring is in full bloom.

The latest iteration that surfaced was a 1 of 1 rain boot yellow Air Max 1 that he created with Nike London and NikeLab using a removable overcoat layering system made with Harris Tweed fabrics to keep feet warm.

His most recent projects might not have hit the mainstream, but they’re additional evidence behind the genius and innovation of Sean Wotherspoon’s mind.

Sean Wotherspoon's London inspired Air Max 1s with NikeLab and Nike London.
Sean Wotherspoon’s London inspired Air Max 1s with NikeLab and Nike London.

Similar to his shopping habits and approach to footwear design, Sean Wotherspoon’s style is about recognizing the traditionally overlooked details.

Wearing brands like Advisory Board Crystals and timeless Stussy staples to vintage Mickey or Apple tees, Wotherspoon’s wardrobe is nothing short of original.

Flea Market Finds

If you follow Sean on Instagram, you’ll notice he’s a regular at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena on the second Sunday of every month.

While many people are scrambling to find the rarest finds from as early as when the market opens, it seems that Sean still gets the rarer finds, while also getting more, as he is notorious for bringing back multiple bags back to re-sell at his Rose Bowl locations.

Packing heat.
Packing heat.
It's all in seeing how everything can be put together.
It’s all in seeing how everything can be put together.

Besides what the entrepreneur is actually picking up at events like the Rose Bowl and the Melrose Flea Market, it’s actually what he’s wearing to these events that’s even more compelling.

They might be some of his own pick-ups, such as striped Guess shirts and shorts and vintage Levi’s Made in USA denim. Other than that, Sean’s also known to rep vibrant nylon shorts from brands like Stussy and even retro icon tees that support logos, like Mickey Mouse, BMW, Apple, and an array of vintage band tees.

Jump over Paris and you'll find all the latest street stye inspiration. But you probably won't find this Mac OS 8 tee.
Jump over Paris and you’ll find all the latest street style inspiration. But you probably won’t find this Mac OS 8 tee.

By the way, he’s pairing them with some of the most iconic sneakers ever – Paris Dunks, 1 of 1 Air Max 1s, as well as Tom Sachs’ Nike Mars Yards.

The real classics are the vintage ones.
The real classics are the vintage ones.
Mickey has been a long-time icon of streetwear, so Sean's move in matching his crewneck with vintage Stussy gear is right on.
Mickey has been a long-time icon of streetwear, so Sean’s move in matching his crewneck with vintage Stussy gear is right on.
Color coordinated.
Color coordinated.
Inspiration from the World Tribe and the Magic Kingdom.
Inspiration from the World Tribe and the Magic Kingdom.
These shoes have been making quite the buzz on Instagram lately.
These shoes have been making quite the buzz on Instagram lately.
Sean found all the right colors and paint samples to match his Paris SB Dunks accordingly.
Sean found all the right colors and paint samples to match his Paris SB Dunks accordingly.
Classics that will look just as good tomorrow as they did yesterday.
Classics that will look just as good tomorrow as they did yesterday.
Need some style inspiration? Then go yard and follow in Sean's footsteps.
Need some style inspiration? Then go yard and follow in Sean’s footsteps.
Running on retro Air.
Running on retro Air.
Tropical tones that can be worn on repeat.
Tropical tones that can be worn on repeat.
This man's got nostalgia in the bag.
This man’s got nostalgia in the bag.
Just like an old E30, these Paris Dunks are still the ultimate driving machine.
Just like an old E30, these Paris Dunks are still the ultimate driving machine.
Red hot finds at the Rose Bowl.
Red hot finds at the Rose Bowl.
Guess what? Sean actually took a pair of pants that he found at the flea market and repurposed their design into an aesthetic that matches the technical pant trend.
Guess what? Sean actually took a pair of pants that he found at the flea market and repurposed their design into an aesthetic that matches the technical pant trend.
Warm-up essentials will be the key to leading the style game early this year.
Warm-up essentials will be the key to leading the style game early this year.
Tie-Dye shorts are just about the easiest way to wear the incoming tie-dye trend. Sean shows you that they go great with striped GUESS shirts and his Air Max 1/97s.
Tie-Dye shorts are just about the easiest way to wear the incoming tie-dye trend. Sean shows you that they go great with striped GUESS shirts and his Air Max 1/97s.
Band tees and print shorts. The essentials to this summer's casual uniform.
Band tees and print shorts. The essentials to this summer’s casual uniform.

Making the Old Feel New

Through Sean Wotherspoon’s tenure of scouring flea markets from top to bottom over the years, he’s developed this ability to make the old feel new.

Particularly done with his own Round Two merchandise, like hoodies, sweatpants, and even nylon beach pants, the majority of what Sean makes is based on some of his most eclectic finds. And of course, it would suit his style to top these essentials off with his retro-inspired runners from Nike and YEEZYs.

You'd think these Round Two sweats were from the 80s when they're actually fairly new.
You’d think these Round Two sweats were from the ’80s when they’re actually fairly new.

Building upon the notion of how to make old feel like new, Sean’s pairings of Advisory Board Crystals hoodies pair so well with the rest of his vintage finds based on aesthetics alone. Despite wearing retro GUESS classics, Sean’s also collaborated with the LA apparel brand, producing nostalgic inspired classics with the addition of his own GUESS sneaker that’s all yet to release.

A recent sample of Sean Wotherspoon's collaboration with GUESS.
A recent sample of Sean Wotherspoon’s collaboration with GUESS.

From a footwear standpoint, it’s also valid that he’s now regularly wearing the Sacai x Nike LDV Waffle Daybreak, as well as a range of vintage Dunks, like the Tokyos and Undefeateds.

These Sacai x Nike Waffle LDV Daybreak’s are a silver bullet to an array of wardrobes in 2019.
Still riding the wave.
Still riding the wave.
When the throwbacks come full-circle.
When the throwbacks come full-circle.
Advisory Board Crystals matches Sean's DIY styling and design persona.
Advisory Board Crystals matches Sean’s DIY styling and design persona.
When you need to borrow design inspiration from 1998.
When you need to borrow design inspiration from 1998.
In with the old. In with the new.
In with the old. In with the new.
With tie-dye sweats like these and Sean's Air Maxes, there's no doubt you'll be dancing in the rain.
With tie-dye sweats like these and Sean’s Air Maxes, there’s no doubt you’ll be dancing in the rain.
Round Two's inline merchandise packs a vintage aesthetic with throwback graphics and colorways.
Round Two’s inline merchandise packs a vintage aesthetic with throwback graphics and colorways.
Beach pants have always been a thing for brands like Stussy, but now Sean Wotherspoon's Round Two has their own interpretation.
Beach pants have always been a thing for brands like Stussy, but now Sean Wotherspoon’s Round Two has their own interpretation.
Supreme color blocking shows that it's totally valid to go back to the basics.
Supreme color blocking shows that it’s totally valid to go back to the basics.
We'll each come up with something cool and then after it hits, we'll trade.
We’ll each come up with something cool and then after it hits, we’ll trade.
Sometimes the classics can never disappear no matter how much camouflage they have.
Sometimes the classics can never disappear no matter how much camouflage they have.
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