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10 Black-Owned Vintage Shops to Support Today

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In just a few short months, the coronavirus’ impact on local businesses has already been substantial, creating lasting consequences for black-owned vintage shops in particular. While both global powerhouses and local retailers have shuttered their doors, local businesses have been hit the hardest with staggering financial consequences. Consumer preferences rapidly shift from hedonic to utilitarian as the demand and budget for investment goods dwindle across various consumer demographics. The pandemic’s implications for the garment industry are no different: consumers are increasingly prioritizing affordable, long-lasting essentials over ephemeral trends or designer staples. The need to shop sustainably becomes more crucial than ever. 

It is important to recognize that black-owned businesses in particular have been disproportionately affected as the pandemic and resurgence in political turbulence coincide. And as consumers, it is our responsibility to remember who and what we are supporting with our purchasing power. While protesting, supporting grassroots organizations, petitioning, and engaging in conversations on racial justice are crucial for political progress, supporting black-owned businesses is one of the most impactful and sustainable ways to demonstrate allyship. After all, elevating black voices and supporting black communities are necessary to create lasting changes. 

Below is a list of ten top black-owned thrift stores and consignment shops, which offer one-of-a-kind vintage staples at accessible costs all over the country. From Fyre Vintage, a philanthropic vintage shop celebrating local artisans, to Small Needs, a vintage wonderland, these stores offer the opportunity to promote black-owned local businesses, shop sustainably, and find timeless statement pieces for your wardrobe. Think carefully about the implications of your purchases, remember the people behind the clothes you’re supporting, promote black-owned businesses and artisans, and have fun digging! 

10. Roam Vintage

Founded by Natasha Zoë Garrett, Roam Vintage is an online thrift store based in LA. Natasha hand-picks and curates Roam Vintage’s product assortment of clothing, accessories, and home decor. Roam vintage is the perfect place to browse for intricate, earth-toned garments, chunky knits, and leather accessories. 

New @RoamVintage drop for sale on 6/11 at 6:30 PM PST. Photo credits: Roam Vintage Instagram Page https://www.instagram.com/roam.vintage/

9. Shirley and Alice

Shirley and Alice was founded by Khalilah Williams-Webb, the personal stylist for Brooklyn-based indy consignment store offers one-of-a-kind vintage staples. From a custom Alexander Wang purse to an embroidered 70s vest, shopping here is like digging through a treasure chest. In addition to being a vintage dreamland, Shirley and Alice supports local designers and businesses through collaborations and partnerships. It also fosters a strong sense of community among its fans through its pop up events, from Wine and Sip night to art fairs. 

8. Ephrance Vintage

Ephrance Vintage is an Austin-based vintage store and Depop shop that features bold colors, geometric prints, and androgynous silhouettes. In addition to offering funky everyday staples, Ephrance Vintage is currently donating 75% of its proceeds to Six Square, a cultural center in Austin that celebrates black arts, music, and history.

7. SofistaFunk

Founded by Creative Director Arlinda McIntosh, The Sofistafunk label promotes slow-fashion consumption through its versatile, zero-waste skirts, which are all Handmade-to-Order. The brand brings Victorian-style silhouettes to the contemporary market with their funky details and couture prints. The voluminous skirts are designed to be worn for a myriad of occasions. The signature skirt, called The Gathering, is inspired by McIntosh’s childhood memories of her mother working in cotton fields in North Carolina. As Arlinda explained, “I was especially drawn to their full skirts, which seemed to blow musically on the wind, they were passed down and multifunctional.  I’d watch them pin the hemlines up to the waist to create a large pocket that would hold various items needed for that day’s tasks, then by simply changing a few things and adding accessories, that same skirt that served them so well during the day seemed to magically transform into the most elegant outfit for other activities throughout the week.  These and other memories left me with a full Anthology of future “Skirt Stories” to tell.”

Sofistafunk’s signature “Gathering Skirt” in its Reversible Late Day Style. Photo credits: https://sofistafunk.com/collections/the-gathering/products/a-late-day-gathering-1

6. Kuration Collective

Kuration Collective, a funky collection of hand-picked Alaskan vintage, is a Depop and Instagram-based second-hand resale shop. The brand prides itself upon its intricately-curated 80s Alaskan aesthetic and timeless collection of vintage Disney staples. The prices fall between $25.00 -$125.00, offering a wide array of styles from graphic tee’s to occasionwear. Kuration Collective donates 10% of its profits to Essie Justice Group, a nonprofit, intersectionalist organization of women combatting mass incarceration reform.

90s Disney Mom Jeans for sale on Kuration Collective’s Depop page. Photo credits: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBJbQZ9ldfi/

5. Marché Rue Dix

Marché Rue Dix, a concept store situated in Crown Heights Brooklyn, is any creative’s wonderworld. Their brick and mortar location carries quality vintage clothing, along with the work of contemporary Brooklyn creatives. From graphic tee’s and natural beauty products to teas and spices, Marché Rue Dix carries it all.

4. Second Hand Shawty

A global second-hand powerhouse, Second Hand Shawty is an eclectic e-commerce platform that prides itself upon its inclusive, one-of-a-kind wardrobe. Gender non-conforming and inclusive in sizing, the statement garments feature fun colors, oversized silhouettes, and funky 80s styles. Most garments are priced between $20.00 – $40.00. 

3. People of 2Morrow

People of 2Morrow is an e-commerce fashion, accessory, and home decor vintage shop. The brand’s core values are centered around environmental sustainability, and it seeks to provide social responsible garments and home adornment for the eco-conscious millennial. With a slightly higher price point than the majority of the brands on this list, the platform features some designer finds. Most of the garments are around $80.00- $100.00. 

80s Fuchsia Linen Blazer for sale on Peopleof2Morrow’s online store. Photo credits: https://www.peopleof2morrow.com/products/fuchsia-linen-vintage-blazer

2. Small Needs

A thrifting fanatic favorite, Small Needs is an online Etsy shop that sells whimsical designer vintage-wear. Its carefully curated collection is enchantingly beautiful, from its vintage 1960s womens clothing and fairy tale dresses and Dior blazers to its plissé gowns, lace corsets, and ornate 70s jewelry. Just a scroll through their Instagram feed will take your breath away. Feminine, Parisian, dreamy, and sexy, Small Needs is the place to turn when you’re in search of a vintage investment. 

60s Lace Bustier for sale on Small Needs’ Etsy Store. Photo credits: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBCDd0ng4m8/

1. Fyre Vintage

Fyre Vintage is a Michigan-based vintage shop founded by @Daynabyday. Dayna strives to combat the dire environmental impact of fast fashion by encouraging second-hand shopping and supporting local businesses. Through Fyre Vintage, she seeks to promote second-hand consumption and to celebrate local artisans and businesses. 10% of Fyre’s proceeds are used to purchase sustainable, new clothing to donate to women’s shelters in Detroit.  

90s Jones New York Oversized Houdstooth Blazer for sale on Fyre Vintage. Photo credits: https://www.fyrevintage.com/shop/vintage-jones-new-york-houndstooth-oversized-blazer

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Photo credits: Roam Vintage, SofistaFunk, Kuration Collective, People of 2Morrow, Small Needs, & Fyre Vintage

Thrift Stores Meet the Internet

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Gone are the days of searching high and low in small, stuffy, and crowded stores looking for the best of the best thrift at the perfect price.

Secondhand market places and thrift stores have now evolved to a different platform: the internet. With constant technological advancements, this is a (really) long time coming. Secondhand online retailers have taken to the internet to resell and therefore recycle gently used clothing. Before many retailers took initiative, the only issue with online consignment was that it takes more time and resources to sell only one size of one unit. Now, online secondhand retailers are sourcing their products from customers who are not only getting a portion of the revenue, but also taking the pictures for the site themselves. Cutting out all that intermediary work saves time and money.

It’s important to remember that these retailers are not comparable to your local Goodwill. One key quality that they all have in common is that they are not selling low quality secondhand items. Instead, they are selling pieces from luxury designers and upper market retailers. By doing the curating and buying themselves, customers no longer have to dig through bins or sort through racks to find a coveted luxury piece.

This not only allows people to afford luxury items without breaking the bank, but is also good for the environment. The fashion industry is one of the top waste producing industries in the world. From the manufacturing to the care of clothing, each aspect causes large amounts of waste and pollution. Even if an item of clothing is ethically and sustainably made, that does not mean that the care and disposal of the garment will be sustainable. Just think of the gallons of water that it takes to wash a load of laundry. These retailers are making a small step in the right direction to aiding our current environmental situation.

 

The RealReal

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Most known for their vast collection of luxury consignment garments, The RealReal has one of the best collection of upper market clothing. Selling everything from Yeezy to Chanel, they have a vast collection of clothing.The bar to sell to The RealReal is high. They will not sell lower market clothing. They operate mainly online but also have their own brick and mortar store in New York City.

 

Tradesy

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Tradesy is more linnet than The RealReal when it comes to the brands they carry. Although they still have a selection of designer brands, they carry an even wider selection of lower market and even unnamed brands. However, Tradesy has more competitive pricing on designer items than The RealReal, with their clothing being more gently worn.

 

Grailed

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Specializing in streetwear designers rather than luxury, Grailed has a great selection for men. Grailed also allows selling from customer to customer, meaning that prices are negotiable, and with international shipping, Grailed is available to shoppers outside of the United States.

 

@thrift_queen_nyc

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This Instagram account specializes in pulling clothing from thrift stores around New York City and selling them through Instagram. With a mix of luxury and exclusive finds, Thrift Queen is attracting a social media following and works directly with their customers, who have the option to request different sizes and brands. It basically acts as a personal thrift shopper.

Secondhand online retailers are taking off, and the market is a huge opportunity for not only businesses, but also for customers looking for luxury at a less expensive price point.

 

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Tatiana’s Column: Keep It Blazin’

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Bonjour, darling readers! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves and taking advantage of the nice weather. I wanted to give you all a little tip when updating your closets with a key staple item: blazers. If you don’t already own a blazer, you should definitely invest in one. You can wear a blazer all year round; yes, you can wear a blazer during the summer, but under the right circumstances, of course! I wouldn’t advise wearing a plaid printed wool blazer in the spring or summer. Instead, I’d save that cozy piece for the fall, but you definitely can wear one made out of lightweight rayon or polyester. A blazer adds an elegant yet sexy touch when worn with a pair of shorts and heels for an intimate dinner during the summer. You can even hang it over your shoulders for a chic look because we know that the summer breeze can be quite chilly sometimes, especially when wearing shorts or a mini dress! Nonetheless, blazers can be worn with jeans, slacks, leggings, dresses, skirts, and shorts.
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Recently, I found a few of my mother’s vintage blazers that she sewed when she worked as a seamstress. The single-buttoned navy plaid blazer is made out of 100% pure wool and has a classic look. The pink plaid blazer is also single-buttoned and made out of 100% pure wool. I love the color and how it’s finished with matching pink buttons; it reminds me of something Cher Horowitz would wear. The triple-buttoned cream blazer is made out of 100% wool with 100% acetate lining. It looks like something Sue Ellen “Swell” Crandell designed with the beaded, embroidered, and pleather detailing. You can’t forget the shoulder pads on it either!
XOXO,
Tatiana
 

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Dustin Single-Breasted Blazer, $228, Bcbg.com


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Space-Dye Boyfriend Jacket, $90, Topshop.com


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Striped One – Button Jacket, $99.90, Zara.com


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BB Dakota Herringbone Caelyn Blazer, $99, Urbanoutfitters.com


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ASOS Tuxedo Blazer, $98, Asos.com


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Tatiana’s Column: Keep It Blazin’ originally appeared in Cliché’s April/May 2015 issue. Photo of Tatiana courtesy of Jason Tezgerevski

Get the Retro Look

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This isn’t just a Throwback Thursday–the ’70s are back and the trend is stronger than ever! With the likes of Topshop and ASOS releasing 70s’ fashion ranges this summer is set to be the most vintage yet–suede and tassels at the ready. Read on to learn how to get the retro look!

Cord Popper A-line Skirt by Topshop
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Team this vintage-style cord skirt with wooden clog heels to achieve the ultimate retro chic look! To go full ’70s, a turtle neck jumper or pussy-bow style blouse would match perfectly accompanied by a tan-colored side bag for your belongings. You can buy this skirt from Topshop here.
 
Cut-Work Embroidered Top by Topshop
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Here at Cliché, we love anything embroidered–with this summery top being no exception! This look would be best matched with a pair of rolled up mom-jeans and gladiator sandals for those hot summer days. Grab this little gem over on the Topshop website.
 
Pussy-bow Blouse by Topshop
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It wouldn’t have been the ’70s without the pussy-bow collar! These iconic blouses just scream ’70s and can be worn for a fun day out or a smart/casual event. With a skater skirt and some black wedged heels, you’re bound to look the classiest chick this summer! Snap this up here while its still half price at $35!
 
Maison Scotch Leather Tassel Backpack at ASOS
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What day out isn’t complete without a cute backpack to store your must-haves in? Tan is the ultimate ’70s colour and the tassels give the bag that edgy look to complete any outfit. This real leather bag can be found on the ASOS website at $123.05.
 
Catarzi Floppy Hat at ASOS
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Classy meets retro in this floppy vintage hat by Catarzi. A girl can never own too many hats! This hat would match perfectly with almost any dress–whether it be a fitted bodycon for night or a floaty swing dress for the day. Whatever the choice of attire, this hat is sure to make anyone look chic. Grab it now on the ASOS website for $63.00.

Valentine’s Day Date Night Outfits

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to get those outfits prepared for the big night! From dresses to playsuits, retailers such as Topshop and ASOS are always on track to ensure that you have everything ready for your night with your beau! We picked out our favorite Valentine’s Day date night outfits, whether it be with your partner or a fun-filled night out with the girls. Check them out below!
Jemima Dress by Motel:
 
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This little red bardot style dress is perfect for any Valentine’s date night. Simple yet sophisticated, you can dress to impress by teaming it with a cute headband or simple necklace.
Even better news is this dress is on sale! Grab it now from the Topshop website for just $23.
 
Plunge Pleated Skater Dress by Rare:
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This wine colored dress with a deep V plunge at the front provides a classy but casual look for any night out whatever the occasion. Sport this dress with a black clutch bag and wedge heels to complete your perfect Valentines look.
Another bargain, snap up this dress for $23 on Topshop.
 
Fitted Lace Dress:
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This beautiful laced dress from Topshop provides an effortlessly elegant and stunning look and is sure to flatter any body type. Channeling an Audrey Hepburn vibe, this 50s inspired dress oozes class and the lace adds a cute, soft floral feel to the dress.
You can purchase this dress from the Topshop website for $190.
 
Two Tier Beaded Dress by New Look:
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Keep the 20s alive with this Gatsby-inspired two piece dress. This floaty number adds a dreamy feel to your look — perfect for a Valentine’s date night. The beaded embellishment adds an expensive feel to the dress therefore no jewelry is necessary! Compliment this dress on a cold February night with a ivory faux-fur jacket or a kimono.
This dress is a steal at just $52.30! Grab it while you can at ASOS.
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Gatsby-Inspired Fashion

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Nearly 100 years later, the fashions of the Roaring Twenties still evoke elegance and glamour. After all, who can resist the indubitable luxury of those sumptuously beaded gowns? To keep up with the recent growth in popularity of Gatsby-esque clothing, designers have supplied the market with many gorgeous gowns that perfectly capture the beaded glitz of 1920s evening fashion! Take inspiration from real fashion gems of this decadent decade for your next holiday outfit.
Champagne Shift
If you want to look less Chicago and more Daisy Buchanan, this beaded dress is for you! The sweet pale pink beading is accepted with copper and gold elements in graceful geometric motifs. The fluttery cap sleeves add an extra dose of sweetness!

Rococo Radiance Dress, $189.99, Modcloth.com

Flapper Fringe
The ubiquitous fringed flapper frock has been modernized with skinny spaghetti straps and a satin belt to accent your waist. This is the perfect dress to wear for a night of dancing—twirl to your heart’s content and watch the fringe dance with you!

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Adrianna Papell Beaded Fringe Blouson Dress, $289, Nordstrom.com

Going Vertical
The vertical beading on this Pisarro Nights dress draws the eye up and down, making the wearer appear slimmer. The navy blue chiffon is also a great color to wear if you want to stand out in a sea of Little Black Dresses on New Year’s Eve!
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Pisarro Nights Illusion Yoke Beaded Cocktail Dress, $168, Nordstrom.com

Deco Design
Be royalty for a night in this stunning floor-length ball gown. This black chiffon gown is intricately beaded in an Art Deco-inspired design straight out of Boardwalk Empire. Bonus? The longer hemline will help keep you warm on cold nights!

Gatsby-Inspired FashionJS Collections Sleeveless Embellished Illusion Gown, $349, Macys.com

 
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“Gatsby-Inspired Fashion” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Dec/Jan 2015 issue

Is Vinyl Dead?

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The recent album release of Wings Over America was released in both vinyl and as a CD. Additionally, NBCNews airs an ad on Roku about a vinyl collector. Yes, vinyl is still being purchased, and yes, Wings Over America is not the only vinyl album still being released. And yes, people still collect them for that vintage feel. CDs, though, seem to be *the* preferred mode of buying an album–if not directly online from a music store. All of this begs the question: “Is vinyl dead?”

 On one hand, vinyl can not be and was never meant to be portable, unlike CDs. Vinyl has to be recorded to–guess where?–a CD, and then transferred to the device you want them on. Additionally, vinyl is played on big, clunky record players and are not able to be played elsewhere, really. These record players are heavy! Not only that, but a bump in the road while being played in the car, would cause the record player to skip, if not scratch, the record.
 On the other hand, vinyls are fun to display and they definitely have an authentic feel, a crisp, sort of “this was recorded live in the studio”/”this is definitely a live recording” audio quality to it not found in today’s digitally remastered CDs. They can be played backwards where fans might discover a secret message…
Of course, doing this wrecks the turntable at times, which then leaves vinyl useless and unable to be played. CDs can be played on multiple devices, so if one breaks, you always have back up. Digital copies from music stores can be placed onto your new music device should you put the old one through a washing machine, like I have on a number of occasions.

Whether you think that vinyl is dead or not, these pros and cons are sure to trigger passionate debates amongst music lovers.

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Kissing in Traffic, Satisfying Your Vintage Needs

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Kissing in Traffic is a clothing company that was built by Jade Moss. In her teen years, she spent most of her time providing unique vintage clothes to boutiques until she decided to open up her own shop in Camden, London. There her and her team now craft handmade vintage pieces.

Kissing in Traffic has a great summer collection containing great prints. One of them, called Pretty in Paisley, comes in both blue and pink. They put this beautiful print to great use, creating unique clothing[highlight color=”eg. yellow, black”]…[/highlight] such as the Belle of the Beach. Belle of the Beach are paisley vintage denim shorts that have a fresh, new, unique, handmade look and are sure to turn heads.
Another great item is a floral spin on a denim t-shirt. Jade Moss, the Director/Designer of Kissing in Traffic, takes an already comfortable denim shirt and transforms it into a fashionable vintage piece. This is just one example of the unique, vintage style that Kissing in Traffic has created. The many great vintage shirts with unique patterns on them are suitable for any personality or style.
Another stylish item to have in your closet is one or all of their A- line vintage skirts. I cannot even tell you which one I love best, so I’ll name all three: Duck Egg Floral, Rosey Floral, and the Blue Pretty in Paisley Skirt. These skirts will definitely be the talk of the party. They go great with anything; if you want to take a dull outfit over the edge, then this is the way to go.
If you want more information on the great designs Kissing in Traffic has to offer or if you would like to purchase some of the items mentioned, please visit http://www.kissingintraffic.com.
Photo courtesy of http://www.kissingintraffic.com.