In this week’s Style Fetish, meet David Panter, owner of Third Eye Vapor on North Main in Durango. He is a super sweet guy with evocative style. David’s rock ’n’ roll shaman vibe combines elements rich and earthy, glam and hippie. He sources his ’60s through ’80s vintage, designer and imported clothing from thrift stores, trading with friends, and at Sideshow (I am so blessed to have the coolest customers I could ever dream of!)
David told me his style icons are designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel, and John Hadeed, owner of San Francisco vintage store Torso. His favorite film about style is “Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.” He said the movie “shows how the craziest looks we see nowadays are often inspired by much older and forgotten looks.”
David strolled into Sideshow in a customized biker jacket and every subsequent time I have seen him he is wearing striking accessories, luxurious textures and materials, combined and layered in an exotic collage of bohemian love.
On personal style, he says “I realized how inspired people can be by doing things differently and in a bold way. I love to see my friends step over the edge with their fashion and self-expression as I liberate my own and bring it out into the world. I try and look at each day as if I was getting dressed to go to a music festival where I will meet a bunch of good, new friends, dance, be happy and inspire one another.”
When roving Durango, keep your first, second and third eyes all peeled for the glorious, glamorous bohemian style of David Panter.
Heather Narwid owns and operates Sideshow, a vintage and modern clothing store for men and women, located in northeast Durango at 208 County Road 250. Sideshow is open 10-6 Tuesdays through Saturdays. Find Sideshow on Facebook and on Instagram @Sideshow411Vintage.