Meet Davil Tran, Grailed
God and the Man Behind Vetememes
- Words Grailed Team
- Date January 26, 2017
23-year old Davil Tran may still be on the cusp of graduating with a degree in Architecture & Planning, but in just the past year his accomplishments have left a lasting impression on his peers and the fashion community alike. Originally one of Grailed’s top sellers, dubbing himself
God, he’s become an integral part of the community here and has leveraged his expertise into a full-time position on our team. Earlier this year, Davil made headlines with the debut of Vetememes, a small collection of clothing and accessories that parodies the designs of current fashion darlings Vetements, and has created a cult-like following rivaling that of the original brand. With a curated social media presence and interests spanning from guns to motorcycles, Davil has fashioned himself something of an online bad boy who gives approximately zero fucks. Here at Grailed, we know and love him for the humor and enthusiasm he’s brought to the community. Below, we try to get as much information out of him as possible and open up his extensive personal archive—we're talking the best of the absolute best—for your copping pleasure.
Most people simply know you as Grailed user God. Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself.
My name is Davil, I went to school for Architecture. I buy and collect clothes. I was a very early Grailed user and now I work for Grailed. I also run, manage and created Vetememes.
When and how did you first get into collecting clothing?
Probably back in high school, shout out to Skateboard P. But my taste wasn't really high-end until my early years of college where I got into a lot of European designers like Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten and Helmut Lang. Today, I'm more into Japanese designers.
So, what designers do you mainly collect today? Anyone specific or would you say it's a mix?
It’s mainly Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto: the three OG Japanese fashion gods.
Since it's already out there, let's talk Vetmemes real quick. How did that project come about?
Whenever I looked at any street style post, all I would see were Vetements raincoats. It was everywhere and it kinda just became a meme to me, so I just combined the two and birthed Vetememes. I like to think I killed that trend lol.
Obviously Vetememes has become more than just your raincoat troll and is now a full-on brand. People have really responded to it positively. Are you still running that all by yourself? What's that like?
It's pretty nuts. I was only planning on doing the raincoat, but people wanted more and more. But yeah, I'm the only one doing everything. It's pretty hectic, but fun to be able to meme things people take so seriously. I think Vetements is out for me considering their F/W 17 show is moving towards more “Avant Garde Fashion” rather than graphic stuff.
Though, Vetements gave an official statement to The New York Times saying they had no problem with what you're doing, right?
Have you had any other correspondence with them?
No, but I’d love to do a collab with Vetements. Imagine the possibilities...
What's the future of Vetememes look like? More graphic parodies? Original designs? Pop-up shops?
As long as they continue to stay exploitable, I will continue to meme them for the pleasure of Internet.
Obviously you're a big time archive collector, but what are some new brands or designers that you're excited about?
Gucci under Alessandro Michele is my favorite, but Gucci don't go on sale.
What are some current fashion trends that you're not feeling these days?
Template hypebeasts are the worst.
What can you tell me about the specific pieces you're highlighting in this sale? Did you specifically curate them in some way?
My New Year's resolution was to purge my closet. It’s mainly things that I have been collecting over the years that I didn’t really want to get rid of until now because I have way too many clothes and I want to lessen my wardrobe overall for other things that I’d actually wear, though I will miss all these pieces dearly. I hope they go to a great person who will take care of them as if they were their own child. Clearly, I'm a bad father.
So this is like a greatest hits?
You've gone from Grailed power user to Grailed employee, so you're clearly quite versed in this world. Any tips for users reading this?
Live in the greatest city in the world and be one of the biggest sellers on Grailed. Also, take better photos. I cannot stress this enough.
What would you say is your favorite thing about Grailed in general?
What I love most about Grailed is how tight knit the community is. It’s truly a marketplace built from the ground up by and for people that love fashion. The fact that you can just go to the homepage and see amazing pieces is unique and something you can't find anywhere else.
How would you describe your personal style?
Motorcycles, Military and old man swag.
Your wardrobe is, like, wall-to-wall heaters. Do you have a favorite piece?
It's gotta be my Yohji F/W 09 cobra reversible overcoat.
Finally, to the man who seemingly has everything, is there any jawn out there you still have yet to cop?
This Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby A/W 14 coat. Please message me if you ever find it. I’ve been looking for for almost two years.