Meet Katriel: Model, Stylist, and Buyer at Buffalo Exchange Las Vegas!

Growing up, Katriel cites his parents for inspiring his interest in fashion. His dad is an R&B musician with a flair for good style and his grandmother was a whiz on the sewing machine. His parents were also excellent cooks. In high school, Katriel studied the culinary arts and had the chance to work with chefs in Las Vegas. While he loved the artistic aspect of plating food and the way that his dishes would delight customers, he ultimately decided that fashion was his true love.

Originally a sneakerhead with a self-described 90s Fresh Prince-inspired style, he now takes inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz and the 1970s. “I’m a sneakerhead at heart,” he says, “but a boot guy on the feet.” He still has a collection of more than 50 sneakers, with prized possessions like a pair of Air Jordan 1s from 1985 (the first Jordan ever made) and Kendrick Lamar Cortez’s, but his style now is more runway. Think 1970s vintage, Western styles, square toes, loafers and boots. “Being bold with fashion,” he says, “is one of the reasons why fashion is what it is. Be different. Make something out of nothing. Make it yours… I never want to look like somebody else.” When it comes to styling or creating the perfect photograph, Katriel recommends spontaneity. “If you see anything around you, take advantage of it. Step outside of your comfort zone. Put something on that you’re not comfortable with and see people’s reaction.”

Katriel has been working at Buffalo since June of 2019. He loves the way that the job teaches you about a wide variety of styles. With such a diverse staff, as well, you not only get to see the styles – you get to see how people wear them. He also loves talking to customers and finding just the right piece for them. “Just have fun,” he says. “Of course you have to work hard and get your job done, but if you’re not having fun, then the customers won’t have fun. The rest of the staff won’t have fun.”


Meet Regina: Buyer, Sustainable Fashion Designer, DJ and Roller Derby Enthusiast!

Regina Dyhouse has been a Buyer Solo at Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Andersonville) since August 2020. Originally hailing from Maryland, her love of fashion was first inspired by her mother, who owned so much clothing (especially bold skirt suits!) that she was known for going an entire year without repeating an outfit. As a kid, Regina poured over her mother’s Vogue magazines and eventually went on to study fiber arts and later fashion design in Philadelphia. After art school, Regina ended up DJ’ing all over Philly, taught at a DJ school and even released an all-female mixtape that ranked as one of the Top Rap Albums of 2011. Her love of fashion, of course, was always there – she became known for never wearing the same outfit to a show.

When Regina recently moved to Chicago, she consulted with a career counselor and quickly realized that her future was in fashion. Enter Buffalo Exchange! She wanted to work with clothing, but she also wanted to do it right. As a half-Filipino woman, she was acutely aware of sweatshops and she knew she didn’t want to be a part of that. She loved the idea of working at Buffalo because it helped people to be on-trend and stylish but in a sustainable, economical way. Through The Waste Shed (which just happens to be one of Buffalo’s Tokens for Bags non-profits!), Regina also found out about an annual sustainable fashion show (all looks had to be 80% recycled) and started designing and upcycling. In 2019, she won 3rd place overall and, again in 2020, she took Best Accessory.

Working at Buffalo, Regina says, has really pushed her style bounds. Whereas she was never into retro style, she now finds herself dressing like Lizzie Maguire and loving it. In her free time, Regina crochets upcycled yarn into fun, colorblocked accessories and practices skate park tricks while she waits for roller derby to return. “The biggest thing I’ve learned in my life,” says Regina, “is that, wherever you’re at, it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be… Life is really about how you pivot.” A career in recycled fashion, she notes, where she knows what she does matters, is just where she’s supposed to be now.


Meet Katie Pedro: Playwright, Director and Buffalo Exchange Williamsburg Associate Manager!

Katie comes with a background in Musical Theatre and a Master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence in directing, ensemble work and digital media. These days, when she’s not at Buffalo Exchange, she works as a freelance director and playwright with a focus on narratives centered around women and retelling historical narratives. She also works as Associate Artistic Director with Troy Foundry Theatre in Troy, NY. She takes inspiration from artists like Frida Kahlo, Louis Bourgeois, Caravaggio, and Gustav Klimt, as well as from sound and music. “I think theatre is the greatest collaborative art,” she says, “so things like music, fashion, visual art, digital media – they’re all essential to creating far-reaching performance art.”

Katie’s biggest theatrical influences include Samuel Beckett, Carol Churchill and Jose Rivera. Her work tends to be abstract with a goal of creating worlds that are recognizable but different from ours. “Experiencing art is not one size fits all,” she says. “It’s a very personal experience, and my goal is always to create space for each individual to find what they’re looking for.” Continuing her work amidst the pandemic has been tough, she admits, but just as Spencer Block believed, Katie knows that art is essential to our existence. “Art has survived every era of chaos, war, political turmoil and dysfunction in history,” she says. “We need art to express, communicate, protest, and process… When the opportunities aren’t presenting themselves, create your own.”

Over the past year and a half working at Buffalo, Katie has found her creativity and creative problem solving to be a huge asset to her job. “In the end,” she says, “fashion is art. It’s a way of communicating about ourselves, and even when I’m not making theatre, I feel like I’m working with art every day that I get to handle clothes.”

 


15 Fun Facts About Buffalo Exchange Dallas Manager, Story Harrell!

 

You Wouldn’t Guess:

I only have about 40 pieces in my closet total!

My Road to Buffalo:

I wanted a change of pace! I had been working in the wedding industry, and was looking to step into a role that was more fashion-oriented.

Fun Theory:

I’m convinced I can learn other languages through music, so I’m listening to a lot of French and German pop from the 80s.

Describe Dallas:

Our store’s building has existed for about a century and is alongside several that have popped up within the last year.The city is a combination of old and new, tradition and innovation.

Random Customer Conversations I’ve Had:

What color we think describes the day, what planet we think we could survive on. A lot of weird conversations for sure, but it makes for a unique experience every day!

 

My Personal Style:
Andy Warhol pop art created on a yacht in the south of France, if that makes any sense.

Path to Store Manager:

I started as a Buyer, but knew I wanted to progress up the ladder. I’m grateful that Buffalo Exchange provides frequent opportunities to do so!

Go-To Pastimes:

I was an art student for a hot second, so painting and sculpting. And I love to learn, so I like to keep up with science journals.

Skill I’ve Strengthened:

Communication.This job has helped me learn to not only communicate efficiently,but also understand that everyone communicates differently!

Recent Buffalo Find:

A bubblegum pink Acne Studios western shirt from the 90s!

 

I Could Spend Forever…:

Looking at a new museum exhibit!

Favorite of the Five Points of Power:

Speak the truth. Speaking openly is one of the kindest things anyone can do!

Current Obsessions:

Whales, nature documentaries, trying not to kill my lemon tree.

Unusual Tidbit:

I had only shopped at Buffalo once before deciding to apply — and I’m happy I did!

Favorite Advice:
“Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take other people seriously.”


Fashion Careers: Meet Buffalo Exchange Associate Area Manager, AJ!

AJ is an Associate Area Manager for Buffalo Exchange

What was your Buffalo path?

As a Buyer at the Dallas store, I was very eager to learn and share my knowledge. I would ask my managers for training and request to share style/trend reports. After a year as an Assistant Store Manager, the Store Manager position became available and I jumped on it! Growing through each position has given me a lot of insight. 

What have you become better at?

Taking feedback. I would get defensive or feel that I had to give an excuse/reason for everything. Eventually I started to understand that without feedback, positive or negative, I wouldn’t grow. 

What’s your favorite Buffalo find?

A blue floral vintage jacket. The funny thing is that I have yet to wear it. It’s just sitting in my closet, waiting for the special moment to shine, but makes me happy every time I look at it.

What are you interested in? Any hobbies?

Anything creative. I love redecorating my place or those of my friends/family. I’ve also been getting into watercolors — very therapeutic.

What media have you been into?

I just finished reading Deepak Chopra’s The Path to Love and started Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X. I’ve also been watching Sister Sister on Netflix — takes me back to my childhood. Love it!

What’s your favorite Five Points of Power?

Be accountable for your own experience. It brings the ownership back to you. You have the power to make each decision in your life.

What advice has been the most meaningful to you?

Don’t take anything personally. Each person’s experiences mold them, and they respond to things differently because of that. Instead of taking things personally, I try to work on being more understanding.

 

 


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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Athleisure Style: Associate Manager Dakota

By Buffalo Exchange Minneapolis

As a Buffalo Exchange shopper since 2004, Dakotah has long been devoted to recycled fashion and sustainability. Over the years, she’s developed her signature athleisure style while shopping at Buffalo. It should come as little surprise, then, that during one of her frequent shopping and selling trips, Dakotah was approached to join the team. She jumped at the opportunity!

A Career in Fashion

Dakotah began as a Buyer in February of 2015 and, as she learned more about brands, styles and trends, her passion for the resale clothing industry grew stronger than ever before. About a week before her one-year anniversary with Buffalo Exchange, an Associate Manager position opened. Dakotah decided to apply and, well, the rest is history!

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Buffalo Exchange New Year

Thank You for Another Great Year

As 2016 comes to a close, our thoughts turn to those who have made our success possible. Thank you and best wishes for the New Year to all of our wonderful Buffaloes – customers and employees alike! Here’s to 2017!

– Buffalo Exchange

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Meet Our Team: Jessica

By Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)

Buffalo Exchange Hawthorne associate manager Jessica takes us on a tour of her closet and gives us her take on personal style. Jessica has worked for Buffalo Exchange for three and a half years and loves the company’s ethos of constant growth and personal responsibility. Over the past few years, her wardrobe has evolved as much as she has!

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