In our second seller interview we hear from Faye Kingston, Owner of Throw Back Vintage.
Here is what Faye has to say about her business and the world of vintage clothing.
1. Can you provide a brief introduction to your business?
We sell vintage, retro and reworked items. Focusing on the fashion trends, and bringing high quality affordable clothing to everyone. Our brand makes clothing accessible to everyone. We love recycling!
2. How long have you been selling vintage?
Since I was in 6th form. It was a side line. So nearly 7 years now.
3. How did you get started in Vintage?
I went to Uni to study biochemistry and had a suitcase of vintage under my bed, and sold it. Decided I hated my course and left it to sell vintage.
4. Describe your typical business day.
We arrive into the warehouse, have a shoot with a model, list items online and edit photos, source stock, stock arrives in containers once a week from the USA and we sort it, taking and picking up laundry from our washing man. We pack orders up, and send them next day delivery in the uk. Showing items on Instagram before they hit up online!
5. What is your favourite era and why?
Im not one of these people that is era specific, I like to mix things up and mix up eras but if I had to choose I love the 1940’s or 1950’s. Due to how feminine the clothes are, and how shapely the clothes make a woman look. Although I have to say I started buying 1940’s and 50’s clothes because they fit really well. I love the 60’s as well, because everything is so vibrant and bold. That’s why the 80’s rocks too!
6. What are your favourite 2 items you currently have listed?
I love any of the Sherpa Denim jackets we have as they are so versatile and easy to wear. They can literally be worn with anything!! Another item I absolutely love is the Rolling Stones bomber jacket! It’s so cool!! Someone has got to rock that. If it fit me it would be a keeper.
What are your future plans for you business? We want to concentrate on up cycling more, and turning garments which are completely trashed or undesirable into new quirky on trend items.
7. What are your future plans for you business?
We want to concentrate on up cycling more, and turning garments which are completely trashed or undesirable into new quirky on trend items
8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting a vintage business?
Be careful about what you want your brand to be about. Don’t try and do everything at once, try and be niche.
9. What was your most exciting vintage find or what was your most memorable buying trip?
My most exciting vintage find, was probably at a flea market in Paris, where I found a 1940’s cashmere coat with arctic fox fur trim, for 20 euros! Complete bargain. It was a keeper, but it’s been moved along now. Or with the containers, I literally have no idea what I’m going to receive. Well I know what kind of things. E.g denim jackets. But a really rare Coca Cola bomber jacket showed up in one. It was awesome!
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