Made in Tribeca: Heirloom Amalgam

The sign of a good marriage: your husband has a collection. Of vintage clothing. Eight-decades-old vintage clothing. Several hundred pieces. And during the pandemic you say, “Let’s make more.”

That’s kind of what happened with Scott and Amy Burr. This past fall they launched Heirloom Amalgam, a clothing company that uses the classic garments of World War II as muse. It’s available now direct to consumer and the 10 pieces in the debut line are very cool — so clearly the product of a fashion designer and a history buff.

Scott had been collecting vintage clothing (rare Nike experimental sneakers, ’70s sportswear) for a decade or so when his mother uncovered the heirlooms his grandfather, a World War II vet, had left behind. What had started as a casual interest then developed into a definite passion. In fact when it comes to the style and craftsmanship of certain pieces, Scott might border on obsessive.

“These garments are functional but surprisingly relevant to modern times,” Scott says. “The factory workers of that time were artisans — the things that they made were spectacular.”

Scott and Amy are both veterans of the fashion world — Amy at Saks, Diane Von Furstenberg and Chanel; Scott came to Ralph Lauren via the hospitality industry — but they wanted to do something together. (They also have a 2-year-old and an 8-month-old.) Scott had already trademarked a line of sneakers and moccs called Heirloom Footwear and they were trying to figure out how to move that forward when, during the pandemic with the baby nurse sleeping in the stockroom, it all came together. They took the space next door to the apartment and created a showroom.

“Like many people during that time, we were thinking, ‘What makes you happy?'” said Amy. “It was a good time to hit the reset button.”

A little tangent for a minute on how they ended up here: The two started dating in high school in Vicksburg, Mississippi, went to Ole Miss together, moved around the country together — Sun Valley, Vegas, back to Mississippi — before visiting New York and, over a glass of champagne and a black & white cookie, vowed to move here within the year. Tribeca nearly threw them out after Sandy (they had no power through December and when it came back, a pipe burst in their building on Washington, swamping everything) but they persevered.

So back to Heirloom Amalgam: the concept behind the line is to bridge the gap between historic and modern, so each piece is clearly referenced to the original, but uses more current materials. There’s an RAF-inspired boiler jumpsuit made from baby terry with a military-grade zipper manufactured in Switzerland; a ’90s Canadian search-and-rescue parka that morphed into a Supima cotton hooded jacket with flap pockets — in orange; a classic bomber jacket made from poly fleece.

They found a Japanese manufacturer to recreate “brushstroke” camo — named since officers literally painted their clothing brown and green to blend in. But with each item, there’s always a tweak.

“A lot of brands recreate pieces like these,” said Amy. “For us it’s more fun to reinterpret them.”

They love everything about vintage so much that they have styled the showroom as a spot to display some of their collection and maybe host in the future. But there may be a catch as the company expands.

“We’d like to sell vintage too but it’s hard to part with anything,” Scott said. He spends hours collecting, sometimes finding experimental pieces that were never put into production. “It’s almost like you’re seeing something very few people have laid eyes on, ever.”



  1. A really passion! Welcome.

  2. Is there a store or just online?