Q: How did Retro Racks start?

 A: Retro Racks began as my senior capstone project at High Point University, where I designed a curated vintage store as a business concept to help revitalize the downtown area in High Point, North Carolina. I created plans for the merchandise mix, shop layout, displays and more. Friends and family would tell me I should work towards making my project a reality and, sure enough, here we are! I’m so excited to launch this website and share this journey with you! 

Q: Why vintage clothing?

 A: I view fashion as art. I admire the materials, silhouettes, colors and patterns of each garment. Clothing earns character through its craftsmanship and history, and I am fascinated to see how vintage garments were worn and to understand the context of the times in which they were created. Fashion is my art form; it is how I express myself, and I know I am not alone in feeling that way. My goal with Retro Racks is to offer beautiful and unique items while showing how these vintage pieces can look modern and trendy. It makes me happy to offer a hand-picked selection that gives these pieces a second chance at life! I really appreciate the positive environmental impact that comes with shopping secondhand. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry, and with the rise of fast fashion there’s been a dramatic trend toward overconsumption. Fast fashion is also linked to the exploitation of garment workers, who are overworked and underpaid to produce those goods. I think it is important to reflect on our shopping habits, and that is something I have been doing a lot recently. I want to be part of the solution to support more sustainable and positive practices, and I like how that intersects with my love for vintage style!

Q: How do you source your items?

A: I source them through estate sales, antique stores and vintage shops.