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Meet Natasha Gabbayan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Gabbayan.

Hi Natasha, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
TVI started in as “The Vintage Influence”; my fifth-grade fashion blog. I had just been sentenced to two years sporting a big, bulky Scoliosis brace and knew I needed to stay stylish despite my new not so cute accessory. I frequented thrift stores turning vintage tees into polished dresses while simultaneously turning what started as a nightmare into an exciting fashion challenge. I used The Vintage Influence as a platform to share my “thrift flips” and explain the thought process and creative journey that went into creating each piece. Though The Vintage Influence was originally born in 2006, what was then an undiscovered fashion blog on how to shop vintage is now TVI, source for shopping vintage.

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?
I don’t think starting your own business can ever be a smooth road. As someone who lives and breathes fashion and has had countless of jobs in fashion, I felt like I had enough tools to start my own clothing brand. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There’s so many moving parts that go into running a business that I wasn’t aware of at the start. But the only way to learn is to jump in head first, which is exactly what I did. It hasn’t been easy but I’ve learned a lot from failing a lot.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
TVI is a reworked vintage clothing brand. As a kid, I was always taking pieces of clothing (usually my Dad’s, sorry dad) and cutting them up to turn them into something new. I always knew I’d be turning my passion into a career but I didn’t know-how. That’s when TVI was born. At TVI, we modernize vintage and give pre-loved clothing a second life. Focusing on sustainability, we take classics and turn them into pieces that fit trends while still remaining timelessly classic. I’m proud that I was able to turn what I love into a brand while also making the world a better place by reducing waste. By recycling clothing in a creative way, I really do feel proud of the part I have in protecting our planet.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
To sum it up to just one lesson I’ve learned throughout this journey is tough. But I think the most vital thing I’ve taken from this experience has been learning to never be afraid of failure. I was always a planner. I never liked to go into something without having it all planned out from start to finish. When it comes to starting a business and following your dreams, all plans go out the window. I’ve learned that you can never plan for the roadblocks and struggles that you’re going to face along the way. You can only confront them as they come. So I guess you can say I’ve learned to be fearless.

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