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Rising Stars: Meet Jenni Michelle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenni Michelle.

Jenni, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was a Business Major in College and by senior year had a genuine regret not pursuing an Art Degree in something. So I moved to LA on a whim with the intention to figure that out. Took a few design classes, drawing mostly; had a restaurant job, an internship; then a slightly more corporate position allowed me to root into the city. There was a really great thrift store down the street from where I lived which enticed me to shop more second-hand stores and that’s kind of where it began.

I mostly shopped for myself but eventually sold off a collection online; which then evolved into a hobby, career and passion expansion into what I do now. I certainly had an interest in fashion during my early childhood years. I used to daydream about really stylish monochromatic outfits; something about everything being the same color was bound to be a trend! But really I get hyped on finding very colorful and eccentric pieces, antique relics and true vintage. Things were made so exquisite back then and the History!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s all a discovery process where one thing can lead to another. But if you have a general idea of what you want in life, you’re able to spot those special opportunities that get you there. Falling into vintage was rather fluid for me. It all seemed to coincide with a mass interest in vintage fashion. The major platforms already existed; online, flea markets, vintage fairs and specialty craft markets. There was a learning curve knowing how to price items and plenty of confidence-building while interacting with the general public. Research is key; being your own guide in finding inspiration and having an “eye” are important. I had encouragement in the beginning but from there, it was up to me. I’d say it’s becoming more difficult to find good vintage now that so many people have caught on. But everything has its cycles.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in whatever I find interesting. Most pieces are made of natural fibers, items are unisex but mostly women’s. I love textiles and accessories and I hope to discover more home goods and art. My personal style is fairly basic and neutral in tone so I really get to express myself in the pieces I find. I’m very proud of the risks I’ve taken to get here and the imagination to visualize this unconventional lifestyle. I’m selective in nature, so if I don’t love something it won’t be an extension of me.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
work ethic, integrity and organization. It’s so easy to get lost without structure; and this is definitely a self starting, self motivating career that holds you accountable the entire way.

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Clay Lipsky Devin Pietschmann Natalie Obermaier Carolyn Griffin Art Tavee

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