Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Jamie Espino?
WEAR IS... JAMIE ESPINO?
Jamie Espino is going places. Not only is her personality just as much fun as her whimsical style, but her bold spirit has her boldly entering into the world entrepreneurialism. At 25 Jamie is taking charge of her destiny by running her own online vintage store, Poorly Curated.
Jamie is filled with humor and inspiration so keep reading for her thoughts on selling vintage full time, fish-shaped bags and trivia.
Hi, ! Please introduce your wonderful self!
Hi, I'm Jamie! I'm a 25-year-old, vintage curator based in Arkansas... well, at least that's the job title I went with for my passport.
1. What was the inspiration behind starting Poorly Curated?
Well, I was in a post-grad ennui phase. Applying to jobs at companies that didn’t quite align with my beliefs, wondering how I could be in a creative career but mindful of the environment and labor practices, the whole bit. So I decided to sell vintage full time as a more sustainable alternative to being a photo editing assistant at a fast fashion company or something.
2. Can you tell us a little about what it's like running your own vintage store?
Sure, to start off I’m a one-person show. I source items, do laundry, photograph them, edit pics, post listings, and update social media. It requires a lot of self-motivation to stay on track and figure out what exactly I need to do each day. But it’s nice to have a flexible schedule because it allows me to choose my free time/travel.
I would say the best part is extending the life-span of garments, and making someone else happy while doing so. So many gems are already in circulation, so why waste new materials? The worst part is probably Instagram because it makes me feel like a vain little capitalist sometimes.
It’s really draining to see people tagging 20 brands on a picture of their face or having a serious, personal caption that ends with “btw 10% off @ _____”. That being said, it is great to connect with customers and other people that run vintage shops.
3. What are some of the best pieces you've sold in your shop?
It’s hard to say what’s “best” since [there are so many] different tastes and styles, y’know? But I think I like when I sell pieces that are 0% trendy. Like one time I found an insulated, sea bass-shaped bag. Also a chainlink apron.
4. How would you describe your personal style?
The formula I’ve figured out is clown on top + skate boy bottom half = fun and comfy. Lotsa high waisted pants and sneakers, but paired with an interesting shirt.
5. What's your current favorite item in your wardrobe and why?
Ooh, that’s a little tough but I’d have to say my 90s Jean Paul Gaultier long sleeve. It’s mesh and has an all-over print of Birth of Venus by Botticelli. I allow myself one designer investment piece per year and this was very worth it.
6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what's something you're really proud of right now?
I don’t think theres anything currently...pride is a very fleeting feeling... Oh! Our team got first place at trivia last week.