Today it's my pleasure to introduce you to an enterprising and stylish young lady, Jacque. Jacque is the owner of an online vintage store, Shop Lioness. If you love vintage, like I do, visit Jacque store for one-of-a-kind pieces that are bound to take your outfits up a notch. Further her prices are GREAT! It's my pleasure to introduce you to Jacque and her store Shop Lioness.
Tell us about yourself, who is Jacque?
Well, I'm a 22 year old Nigerian-American college senior in Kansas. I'm majoring in Psychology and minoring in business. The Lion King is my favorite movie, Solange Knowles is my favorite person, and I reaallly wish I could go back to 1995!
What inspired you to start an online vintage store?
I was inspired by a lot of things. I really love graphic design and website design, plus I love taking pictures, writing, and I love clothes. Thrift shopping is one of my favorite hobbies! I was finding that I was spending more time blogging, designing, and shopping then I was looking for a much needed job so I decided to incorporate everything I love into somewhat of a "job" for myself. Besides all the fun I have running the shop, the best part is this semester I was able to pay for all my textbooks!
What can customers expect to find when they visit your store?
Shopping at my store is like entering a time machine! You can expect to find fun, unique pieces from or inspired by the raddest time period in history- the 90s. The shop is also interactive! You can click on the "time machine" tab and watch throwback videos, go to the blog and read about movies, music, and fashion trends from the 90s, or subscribe to the Youtube channel to see me style pieces and ramble on. I also love receiving messages no matter what they're about!
If someone is unsure about how to incorporate vintage pieces in their closet, what tips and advice would you give them?
Definitely mix old with new. That's the safest way to incorporate vintage pieces. But if you do wear all vintage, wear modern silhouettes. If you wear a baggy top, wear something streamlined on bottom, or if you wear something baggy on bottom, wear something more form fitting on top. Or you can wear pieces that are form-fitting all around! Those are the rules that work for me. You can also check out my Youtube video where I style some pieces for inspiration!
Yes! I'll add why I decided to focus on the 90s. At that time I saw so many positive black role models on TV and in movies. And rap and r&b was everywhere! It was a time when the entertainment industry seemed to embrace us. While as a kid I didn't know what was going on in the real world, I knew I could turn on the TV and look up to people who looked like me! I really miss that, so I use my shop as a way to take myself, and anyone else who's down for the ride, back!