Everyone who knows me, knows that I love vintage clothing so I was excited to discover Gen-XY Vintage on twitter. Gen-XY Vintage is a fab vintage online store with a variety of one-of-a-kind vintage wear that can help you add a distinctive flair to your closet (I'm currently loving GEn-XY's destroyed denim collection and the pretty vintage tops). It is my pleasure to introduce Gen-XY Vintage and its fabulously stylish owner, Ashley Tyrus.
So tell us about yourself, who is Ashley?
I’m a 24-year old free spirit living in the DC area! I enjoy day trips to the beach, travel, yoga, learning about new cultures and trying new restaurants. I consider myself an artist in many ways. I love to cook, create things and style. I’m also the woman behind Gen-XY Vintage, which is my baby. Being an entrepreneur has really helped fuel my creative spirit and has molded me into a more mature and cultivated version of myself.
What's the concept behind Gen-XY Vintage, how did you come up with the idea?
The idea behind the brand Gen-XY stemmed from merging the styles and fashion trends of Generation X and Generation Y together to create a line of vintage clothing that reflected such. I would always visit vintage stores and would be disappointed quality of vintage I was finding. I wanted to provide quality, stylish vintage and vintage-inspired pieces to my customers in one collection.
What is it like owning a vintage store?
It’s amazing!! I love what I do and I’m very passionate about it. I’m constantly on the go, which is a lifestyle I love because I have trouble sitting still in one place for too long anyway. I have tons of meetings, shoots, events and buying to do. I’m learning so much each day and networking with many new and young creative entrepreneurs and artists who I can share ideas and collaborate with. It’s a great feeling waking up doing what you truly love each day.
What do you enjoy most about owning your own vintage store?
I love and enjoy being able to make people happy through fashion, it does something for me. People will come to my pop-up shops and pick something up and then put it back because they’re not sure how to wear it. I love being able to show them new ways to incorporate vintage into their wardrobes and to push their normal fashion taste to another level.
What can customers expect to find when shopping at pop-up shops and online?
Everything in the collection is stuff that I am inspired by and items I would definitely wear (and tried hard not to keep when buying!). I make sure I’m carrying things that the “everyday” girl can wear – whether you are heading to the office or to a party on a Friday night – including vintage corsets, colorful blouses featuring tribal, Aztec and boho designs, TONS of sequin and sheer pieces, secretary skirts, cross-body bags, shoes, jewelry, and scarves that will make you feel really feminine. I have a sincere love for a lot of color and things that will make you stand out in a crowd. Recently, I’ve begun incorporating handmade items such as Destroyed Denim, collar necklaces, clutches and hair bows. And as promised, this fall I will officially introduce an extensive men’s line of vintage items including bowties and ties, scarves, Chino’s, cardigans, tees and more!
What do your customers love most about the items they find in your store?
I get the most compliments on the diversity of the pieces. I choose wisely when hand-selecting each piece to make sure they are a representation of me and the brand. A lot of my customers enjoy the fact that they can find something for them no matter their personal style or taste. I cater to the super chic and posh girl AND the bohemian hippie.
I just want to say thank you for interviewing me! I think it’s great that you are featuring black business owners and artists. Be sure to follow us on twitter to be in the know -- @genxyvintage
To shop Gen-XY Vintage visit the website HERE.