Down-South Dapper: Meet Torrance Taylor

By Aarian Frye & Denise Lyons

New Orleans native Torrance Taylor has been shopping at Buffalo Exchange NOLA since 2006. Just like the iconic city around him, Torrance’s sense of style has evolved into something totally unique and undeniably Southern. Read ahead to learn more about where Torrance finds his fashion inspiration and why he loves Buffalo Exchange!

Suiting Up: Torrance’s Fashion Background 

Torrance was 14 years old when he realized he had a penchant for fashion. Growing up, some of his style icons were George Jefferson, Geoffrey Holder, Slick Rick and the original cast of Dynasty. Today, Torrance describes his style as “modern, ethnic, vintage with a dressier flare.”

What’s on His Fashion Wishlist? 

Presently, Torrance finds himself drawn to houndstooth, camouflage and African wax prints with batik-inspired designs — he’s also excited about the London Fog x Jeremy Scott collaboration, and hopes to add animal-print trench coats into his collection. Although he has a strong love of bold patterns, Torrance says that his favorite outfit is a simple and refined combination of cropped tailored pants and a timeless pewter blazer.

Why He Loves Shopping at Buffalo 

When we asked Torrance about what makes shopping at Buffalo Exchange so special, he tells us that “Buffalo carries things that no other store in New Orleans has. It’s one of the main ways I discover emerging brands.” He also says that it’s “a great way to revamp your closet” and always has a surprise in store: “During the 40th Anniversary Trailer Tour, I found a vintage Neiman Marcus printed jacket that I still wear.”

Torrance’s Number One Style Tip

For anyone working to refine their style, Torrance has this bit of advice: “Celebrate your youth, no matter your age. Establish your personality, and then your personal style. Create your own costumes and outfits that reflect who you are or want to be.” 

Has Torrance’s advanced style has inspired you to elevate your look? Get started on your style journey at your local Buffalo Exchange! With 51 locations across the country, there are boundless ways to express yourself through personal style. Before you go, don’t forget to bring in your closet cleanout — Buffalo Exchange buys clothing for all seasons year round, and those great pieces sitting in your closet could turn into cash or trade.


Bethany Easterling: Style profile

Shopping Sustainably with Bethany Easterling

By Marcella Willden; Photography by Audrey Easterling

Based out of Dallas, Bethany Easterling is a long-time Buffalo Exchange shopper. Go figure since she’s passionate about both fashion and sustainability! Bethany’s forward-looking lifestyle and impeccable sense of fashion are just a few reasons we are totally obsessed with her. Read ahead to find out more about her take on personal style and why she loves shopping secondhand.

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Customer Profile: Stephanie Vega

Meet Buffalo Exchange Customer Stephanie Vega!

By Savy Kroop, Photography by Vanessa Vega (@vanessavegaphotos)

We recently had the chance to chat with Stephanie Vega, a social media influencer who loves sharing everything from her thrift shopping adventures and exciting theme park visits to her everyday routines. Stephanie’s addictive positivity and flawless style are just a few reasons why we can’t stop watching her videos and obsessing over her perfectly curated Instagram feed! Read ahead for a Q+A about Stephanie’s personal style, her love for Buffalo and a little bit of fashion advice.

Stephanie with pink sweater and jeans

How would you describe your personal style?

Cheerful, quirky and fun with a dash of retro.

What is your favorite trend for right now?

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Meet the Sustainably Stylish Sister Duo: Krewella

By Savy Kroop, Photography by Lauren Dunn

Krewella is a woman-fronted, Pakistani-American musical duo based out of LA with an ear for electrifying dance music and an eye for eclectic, sustainable fashion. On and off the stage, the sisters, Jahan and Yasmine, express their creativity through their unique style. Over the past three years, they’ve made various lifestyle changes in order to live more sustainably – hang-drying clothing, for example, switching to LED lights and, of course, shopping secondhand at Buffalo Exchange!

An Open Mind is the Best Accessory

Jahan and Yasmine are passionate about keeping an open mind when it comes to alternative ways of self-expression. The sisters believe the key to personal style is unleashing your creativity and going with the colors, patterns and styles you are authentically drawn to.

Vintage Finds & Variety

Whether the girls are performing at a music festival or just heading out on the town, you can expect to see them rocking their ever-evolving, futuristic-meets-vintage style. If you were to take a peek into their wardrobe, you could find everything from vintage tees and traditional tunics with ornate patterns and embroidery to baggy athletic pants and studded belts. The sisters love discovering hidden treasures at Buffalo Exchange!

Rule #1: There Are No Rules!
A few years ago, Jahan and Yasmine began infusing vocals and percussion inspired by the sounds of Pakistan into their music. The resulting sounds – both playful and experimental – have in turn influenced their fashion choices. 

Krewella released two new singles in 2019, Ghost and Mana, which you can find on Spotify and Youtube. Be sure to keep up with these artistic gals on Instagram and Twitter for out-of-this-world music and fashion inspo. Then, if you’re feeling inspired by their catchy tunes and unique aesthetic, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop for colors and patterns that speak to YOU!


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Showgirl Glitz and Gothic Glamour: A Q+A With Drag Queen Angelica Sundae

By Aarian Frye, Photography by Jordan Bowens, Justin Brooks and Fred Attenborough

We recently had the pleasure of talking with Angelica Sundae, a hairstylist by day and electrifying drag performer by night. Angelica has been shopping at Buffalo Exchange for fifteen years, first in Las Vegas and currently at BE Manhattan. Read ahead for a Q+A about Angelica’s one-of-a-kind style, love for Buffalo finds and even a bit of fashion advice fit for a queen!

Angelica Sundae, Portrait
Photographed by Jordan Bowens, look by 10 Yards Clothing

How would you describe your drag style?

A mix of dark, gothic glamour, Vegas showgirl glitz, and good old-fashioned buffoonery. The idea of being stunningly beautiful and also completely ridiculous is very appealing to me!

What do you like about shopping at Buffalo?

I have ALWAYS had luck finding interesting pieces there and I love that I can put together a really great look that doesn’t drain my bank account.

Angelica Sundae Portrait
Photographed by Justin Brooks, look by Purevile

What type of events/performances do you go all-out for, fashion-wise? 

Holidays (Halloween, New Year’s) as well as for events that I produce, such as my show ”Snack Theater” at Chelsea Music Hall in Manhattan.

What pieces are you currently looking to add to your wardrobe? 

An extravagant robe and opera-length gloves in every color!

Angelica Sundae Portrait
Photographed by Fred Attenborough, look by Holden Bucy

What fashion advice would you give to others?

Listen to yourself. If you know your body and you try different silhouettes, you will eventually find not only what looks best on you, but what makes you feel like a confident boss. Confidence is necessary to work any look.

Feeling inspired to add some glitz and glamour into your wardrobe? Take a cue from Angelica Sundae and find fabulous pieces on a budget at your local Buffalo Exchange! Secondhand shopping has never been so chic.

 


Sedona Band Photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Meet Sedona – One of Brooklyn’s Bands to Watch

By Katherine Bonnie & Aarian Frye, Photography by Katherine Bonnie

Sedona, band in vintage nightgowns, photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Meet Sedona: the electrifying dirty pop group based out of New York City. The band is comprised of five members: Tia on drums, Merilyn on keyboard, Claire on guitar, and Lily on bass with lead singer Sedona at the forefront. Even though the group has a wide array of personal styles, they’re all avid thrifters with an appreciation for vintage gems. It’s little surprise, then, that the group loves shopping at Buffalo! “I’ve shopped at Buffalo for as long as I’ve lived in New York, so four years now,” Claire says. “My entire outfit is from Buffalo Exchange!” Tia adds.

Sedona, band seated for portrait, photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Sedona did their first tour in March of 2019, driving 70 hours across the country in an old church bus to play SXSW and venues in New Orleans, Pennsylvania and their home base of NYC. “We played a bunch of shows. It was beyond fun to travel and perform with a group of inspiring ladies that I’m lucky enough to call my family!” says lead singer Sedona. They returned full of inspiration for new projects. All five members of the band light up when they talk about their plans for the group. “We set aside some time this summer to write together, which was a first for us, and we can’t wait to play more shows.”

Sedona’s next show is at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 14th. You can find their music on Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube and keep up with the band on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re feeling inspired by this band’s catchy tunes and unique personal styling, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop some vintage finds of your own!


Meet NYC Creative Paris Warren

By Savy Kroop, Photography by Tracy Awino (@narnah)

We recently had the chance to chat with Paris Warren, a longtime Buffalo Exchange shopper and creative freelancer based in New York. In his professional life, he enjoys wearing a number of hats – from stylist to fashion director to magazine editor and more! This approach applies to his personal style as well – “I’m open to wearing anything,” he says. He describes his style as eclectic and loves shopping for unique pieces at Buffalo.

Be True to Who You Are

On a day-to-day basis, Paris takes inspiration from the people on the streets of New York and admires well-thought out looks with attention to detail. “It never gets old,” he says of NY street style. He believes in pushing the limits of personal style without sacrificing comfort. “Be true to who you are,” he advises, “and let that resonate with what you wear.”

The Paris Warren Essentials

For summer (especially in humid NYC), Paris’ ideal look consists of biker shorts and a graphic tee – basically something easy and breezy to throw on. He’s all about the layering, though, so he personally can’t wait for fall and winter to come back around. This season, he’ll be frequenting one of NY’s six Buffalo Exchange stores in search of faux fur jackets in a variety of fun colors.

One Person’s Closet Cleanout is Another’s Treasure

Paris loves wearing pieces from independent designers as well as secondhand finds from places like Buffalo. “A lot of people don’t know anything about Buffalo Exchange,” he says, “but they should take the opportunity. The staff is really nice and goes above and beyond. There’s also a lot of versatility that you don’t see elsewhere and high quality products. They don’t just buy anything – the selection is curated.” His favorite Buffalo find of all time? A vintage Christian Dior jacket that he scored at Buffalo Exchange Houston. “I don’t only look for high-end brands,” he says, “but it’s pretty amazing when you can find a deal like that.”

However you choose to express your personal style, take it from fashion enthusiast Paris Warren: shopping secondhand is the way to go! Grab your cleanout and head to your local Buffalo Exchange to trade it in and shop for some new-to-you finds – you might score the likes of a vintage designer jacket or even just the perfect pair of jeans.


Freaky Friday: My Mother’s Day Styling Challenge

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

There are many things I love about my mother, from her sense of humor to her generous spirit. If I had to choose one of my favorites things about her, it’s that she’s never been risk-adverse. She’s braver than I am by a long shot, and doesn’t back down from a challenge… unless the challenge is allowing me – her one and only daughter (Hi, Mom!) – to dress her in outfits outside of her comfort zone. However, she agreed when I added in this one important caveat: my mom could dress me as well *cue ominous lightning strike*.  Read ahead for our Freaky Friday  of an afternoon shopping session at Buffalo Exchange Tucson to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Check, Please

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Gingham Skirt

First, my mom picks out this checkered skirt and off-the-shoulder blouse for me – good job, Mom! This actually looks like a lot of the things I already own. My only hang up is the silhouette of the skirt – I don’t find the knee-length bell shape to be particularly flattering on me. This would be an ideal look for a Mother’s Day brunch, though, and I could definitely see myself wearing this outfit beyond the Buffalo Exchange dressing rooms!

The Clash

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Blue blouse and floral jeans

“Oh, Aarian, no,” is my mother’s response to this striped ruffle blouse and floral jeans. Oops. Guess my mom is not much of a pattern clasher. Nonetheless, she tries them on – and doesn’t totally hate it! This is a huge victory in my eyes. If you’re also hesitant about mixing patterns, I recommend keeping the color scheme soft and simple, like we did here.

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Buffalo Exchange Alfred Banks

Wear What You Like: Profile of Alfred Banks

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

We talk with New Orleans rapper Alfred Banks (aka @UnderDogCentral) about his River Kings 2 Tour of “The Beautiful” (happening now!), his music career and his take on personal style. Banks loves shopping at resale stores like Buffalo Exchange because it gives him the freedom to build his style from the ground up.

Buffalo Exchange Alfred Banks

What do you like about shopping resale and Buffalo Exchange in particular?

For me, the hunt of finding something so cool among the shelves of a resale store like Buffalo Exchange really excites me. Putting an outfit together from a complete blank canvas is awesome.

How did you get started shopping at Buffalo?

I’ve always lived close to Buffalo Exchange down here in NOLA, so one day in 2007, I just decided to walk in and see what you guys had. Ten years later, I still walk in all the time.

You’ve travelled all over the US. What’s your favorite Buffalo you’ve shopped at?

My favorite Buffalo has to be here in NOLA. The one in Austin is really cool, but nothing compares to my hometown.

What’s been your favorite Buffalo find recently?

Recently, I found a pair of High Top K-Swiss Midcourts and they are so dope. Awesome color way and super comfy.

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