Meet The Collector #16: Alberto Ulmi

Today the 16th episode of the topic Meet the CollectorMeet the Collector is about passionate people with a focus on collecting. With this topic I will give you an insight in their special collection. Collectors will tell their story behind their treasures, show their most rare and unique items and tell you all about the collecting thrill.

Alberto Ulmi has an amazing collection. His collection contains some very rare and unique pieces. Thanks for sharing your collection and story Alberto. Enjoy.


Alberto Ulmi

Alberto Ulmi

  • Name: Alberto Ulmi.
  • Living in village & country: Florence, Italy.
  • Age: 41 years.
  • Instagram ID: @vintagecollector78
  • Number of Instagram followers: 6.500 followers.

What’s your favorite brand:






Original pair of Magnet ‘Stifel’ overall.

What’s your favorite denim brand:







Stronghold jeans from 1910 – 1920s.

What’s your favorite footwear brand:

Adidas is by far my number one.

Vintage pairs of Adidas sneakers.

How long are you collecting:

I’m collecting already more than 25 years, sneakers, denim, and so on.

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The archive of Alberto Ulmi.

How many items are there in your collection:

It depends if you mean denim or sneakers, but my collection is very big, and contains rare stuff.

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How or why did you became a collector:

I’m already collecting stuff since I was a young kid with an age of 13 years old. I bought a lot of vintage stuff at a Florence based store called Marino Groovy during the 1980s.

1980s Marino Groovy commercial.

What is your favorite item en why:

One of my favorite denim styles is a denim pants from the Magnet brand with buckle back because of the story. This pants was found inside a closed silver mine in Colorado. I also have a video which they made when they found this pants, really cool! The pants is in perfect vintage condition!





Pair of Magnet jeans which was found in a closed silver mine in Colorado.

What’s your best bargain in your collection:

It’s very difficult to buy good styles nowadays for a reasonable price, but I think my pair of Foremost jeans with buckle back from the 1930s is one of those blue gold treasures.





Vintage pair of 1930s Foremost jeans.

Which item was the hardest to get and/or the most valuable one:

Stifel overall.

Which item would you add to your collection:

I would really like to add another pair of Stronghold, or Boss of the Road jeans to my collection. My collection contains not only denim, but these 2 items would be great, but it’s not easy to get your hands on nowadays.

Where do you get your daily inspiration from?

Most of my inspiration is coming friends who lives in Japan, the internet, Instagram, and people in general.

Underhill jacket.

What’s your favorite inspiration quote:

Carpe diem!!!!!!


1940s Lee jeans.

Read also the previous episodes of Meet the Collector;

Jerry van Vorstenbos: Eposide #1

Michael van Hal: Episode #2

Antonio di Battista: Episode #3

Ronald Vijsma: Episode #4

Eric Maggiori: Episode #5

Ruedi Karrer: Episode #6

Viktor Fredbäck: Episode #7

Dave Edwards: Episode #8

Mohsin Sajid: Episode #9

Brit Eaton: Episode #10

Kay Knipschild: Episode #11

Douglas Luhanko (Second Sunrise store): Episode #12

Jasper Lijfering (Amsterdam Vintage Watches): Episode #13

Will Varnam (Military Collector): Episode #14

Mirko Di Giovanni: Episode #15


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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.