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Family of Fashion Designers

By Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange HQ (with photos by Jessica Pruitt and Christy Klep)

The family that sews together grows together. We asked Portland’s Irene Veldstra about fashion, upcycling and her ultra-creative household.

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Meet Our Customer: Alfred Banks

By Buffalo Exchange New Orleans

Photography by Buffalo Exchange, @TampaPhotographer and @YaBoyDappa

Alfred Banks first started shopping at Buffalo Exchange New Orleans in 2007, when he was a freshman at Loyola University. Even then, I considered him one of our most stylish male customers. In the near-decade that he has been shopping with us, he has refined his style and moved on to become one of New Orleans’ rising stars in the rap community. He has worked with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Mikey Factz and G-Eazy. Over the years, he has performed many times at Buffalo Exchange for various parties that we have had including our 40th anniversary celebration, our 10 year anniversary party and most recently our grand re-opening celebration. Recently, Alfred was invited to Pamplona, Spain to film a European Volkswagen commercial. I spent some time with Alfred (as I often do when he comes in to shop) to ask him a few questions.

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Meet Our Customer: Charise Cheney

By Buffalo Exchange Eugene

Eugene regular, Charise Cheney, is always a fashion inspiration. African/ethnic prints are her go-to, and she describes her style as funky/urban and a little polished. She moved to Eugene from Ithaca, New York in 2009 to work as an ethnic studies professor for the University of Oregon. A new mom at the time, she struggled with her personal style during this new phase in her life. While exploring her new town, she wandered into Buffalo Exchange, where she found the inspiration she was looking for. Buffalo gave her a place to “play dress up,” and finding one-of-a-kind pieces helped her rediscover her style. Erykah Badu and Solange are huge inspirations for Charise; she loves the way they blend African and western aesthetics to create new genres. Some of Charise’s favorite Buffalo finds include a long, yellow printed vintage dress and a black oversized blazer with asymmetrical cutouts. Charise now has four children with her husband (who happens to be an acrobat!). We are happy to be a part of her journey, and can’t wait to see what she wears next!

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Art by E Upcycled Art

By Inara E., Buffalo Exchange HQ

Upcycling takes something old and reimagines it in a fresh way. So it’s no surprise that, after stops in San Diego, Seattle and Portland, upcycling artist Eric Osborne recently moved back to the town he grew up in, Tucson, to reimagine art in a fresh way. He creates his pieces by recycling skateboards, aluminum cans, old metal, or whatever comes his way. Always loving the challenge of discovering new materials to work with, he finds the objects he uses everywhere – sometimes they even seem to find him. To Eric, it’s all about keeping an open mind.

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Meet Our Customer: Sasha Ramirez

By Buffalo Exchange Long Beach

Sasha Ramirez is a regular customer here at the Long Beach Buffalo Exchange. She has been shopping with us for over two years and is most recognizable for wearing all pink all the time! She describes herself as a “cool version” of Marcia Brady and takes her style inspiration from Priscilla Presley and Twiggy. She is an avid thrift shopper and vintage collector. She loves to shop at Goodwill, the Long Beach local favorite La Bamba, and, of course Buffalo Exchange. Her favorite Buffalo score was a vintage 60s house-printed romper. Currently she is shopping for cute printed shorts and rompers for summer.

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Meet Our Customer: Tierra

By Gabriella De Brequet & Deandra Binder, Buffalo Exchange Tucson (Campus)

It’s everyone’s favorite season in Arizona—spring! In Tucson we’ve been seeing many customers looking for 70s classic vintage pieces, western circle skirts, and cute peasant blouses that you can pair with cutoffs and be ready for the weekend!

Meet Tierra, avid lover of Buffalo Exchange and western vintage, who let us in on her favorite styles and what pieces she’s got her eyes out for this season.
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Meet Our Customer: Bev

We meet all kinds of wonderful people shopping at Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque. We had a fun photoshoot and interview with one of our longtime customers Bev.

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