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Community Highlights: Meet C.T. Ucol & Czarah Castro of Mixed Uniform

Today we’d like to introduce you to C.T. Ucol & Czarah Castro.

Hi C.T. & Czarah, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
During the pandemic and being able to work from home allowed us a lot more time to be able to explore other interests in our lives. For us, it was vintage clothes. Growing up with immigrant parents, we’ve learned to appreciate the value of secondhand goods and that really translated into the types of clothing we wear… A lot of our past times lead us to going to thrift stores to shop for ourselves. We started coming across items that were really fascinating and ended up purchasing them even if it didn’t fit us… We accumulated so many pieces the idea of selling secondhand vintage clothing was just that — an idea. Eventually, we gave it a shot and started selling them online.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Hahaha, it was definitely not a smooth road. The easiest part about this journey is actually finding quality pieces we liked. Everything else has been a learning curve for us. Keeping track of inventory, getting a permit, establishing a name, establishing a look, working as a unit between 2 POC women who are partners, factoring expenses, accounting, managing everything in our one bedroom apartment while still working our 9-5 jobs, and so much more.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Mixed Uniform is a curated vintage shop specializing in clothing dating anywhere between 1950s-1990s… The great thing about being a part of the vintage community is that everyone offers something different and unique. Finding pieces that are 20+ years old are pretty limited so when we do come across something, it’s probably one of the only few ones still out there. That being said, when someone does purchase a piece from Mixed Uniform, they know that they’re getting a piece that very few people have or don’t have at all. As a brand, we are most proud of the gems we do find. We’ve always said, “quality over quantity”. We always make sure to be intentional with the clothing we pick for the shop.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Honestly, our friends and family. Luckily, a lot of the people who are in our lives are also very into vintage clothing so it always felt like a natural step for us. Everyone always encouraged us to just go for it. And of course, our customers. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue what we do for the shop. It’s always so exciting when someone buys a piece from us.

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