BEHIND THE BRAND
Vintage Lovers is a black-owned vintage clothing store. Curated with pieces based on my aesthetic & at times, items from my own closet. I have built my wardrobe around vintage pieces & I hope to help you do the same.
Sourcing vintage items is truly what I love to do & I hope that you love these items as much as I do.
To live in beautiful brown skin, at times means fighting to merely exist. We are not a fad, a moment, a hashtag, and we are much bigger than this current movement. The fight for equality is quite literally the fight of our lives, for our lives. There is no quick message, no quick donation, and quick gestures of solidarity that can tackle systemic issues that have lasted for centuries. This is not to discourage anyone from taking small actions every single day, in fact, this is a charge to take small actions every day far beyond this current moment. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint.
Vintage Lovers is committed to long-term work and we are currently researching organizations to join and sponsor as this is a lifelong commitment. This will take some time to do as many organizations are very busy right now. In the meantime, I implore you to be strategic about where you spend your dollars and consider how you may continue to educate yourself and others around race relations.
You may have heard quite a bit about shopping for vintage items and secondhand goods and why it's good for the environment. Here at Vintage Lovers, we are intentional in business and in personal life about where our items come from. We do not support fast fashion not only because of the environment, but also in solidarity with those who work in hazardous factories for low wages and for the communities negatively impacted by factories.
By shopping secondhand, and specifically Black and minority-owned secondhand shops, you are already assisting in the fight for equality as many minorities are often the ones negatively impacted by the byproducts of the fashion industry. However, we all can and should be doing much more.
We do our best to support local artists and shop sustainably when buying new items. If ever we sell new items, they will be locally sourced and made.
Lastly, our packaging. We ship our items via USPS as we continue to support our local post office. We package our items in bags and mailers made from 100% recycled, 97% post consumer waste, materials. All of our packaging is 100% recyclable and naturally biodegradable.
As more consumers make the switch to composting, we will switch to compostable bags and mailers. For now, please reuse and recycle your shipping materials.
"Nobody's free until everybody's free" - Fannie Lou Hamer