It is not a well-known fact that venerable vintage retailer, Buffalo Exchange proudly calls Tucson, AZ its headquarters. Considering their 36 year history of recycling vintage clothing in a modern way, before it was considered cool kid status, it was just a matter of time (exactly one year since I moved to this cuddly city) until we tried a true collaboration on for size.
It just seemed so inevitable. On my second day after moving to Tucson, I walked in a Buffalo Exchange Glam Rock fashion show. Then in April, Buffalo Exchange featured me on their homepage for the Clockwork Orange-themed fashion show I participated in. Last month they offered to let me pull for any missing pieces in my Every Dog Has Its Day benefit show. It also turns out that my bestest Tucson bestie, Bradley Rhea (at the tender age of 23), just happens to be a purchasing assistant for all the new trend-savvy merchandise in Buffalo stores across-country (and the too-cute-for-words redheaded model in my aforementioned fashion show).
Recently, Bradley was asked to kick start their blog with a fall/winter trend forecast. Bradley had a master plan of where he wanted to go with the forecast, namely, ’40s polish mixed with a grungy ’90s irreverence. Of course we decided we couldn’t squander the chance to “work” together. So we set up a session to “play” all day at the historical Shane House with our talented (and exceedingly adorable) friends, photographer Krysta Jabczenski and model, Hanah Klein.
Buffalo Exchange’s Speedway location provided such an overwhelming selection of hip vintage and trendy new merch that it was a marvel the two of us somehow managed to whittle it down a cohesive collection in just a few hours. A fresh color story (we mixed brown with black and silver with gold for a tasty dash of devil-may-care), appropriately undulating hemlines, and menswear leanings provided an excellent canvas for a light sprinkling of gypsy bling. What came out of our cerebral melding was a rocking fall lifestyle shoot Kate Moss or Stevie Nix might hopefully feel at home in.
You’re welcome very much: we chose only pieces ranging in price from $7-$35.
New merchandise is available at every location across the country. Check Bradley’s first post on the Buffalo Exchange blog later tonight to find out more.
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Many thanks to Buffalo Exchange, Hanah Klein and Krysta Jabzenski.