By Christopher Braun, Buffalo Exchange Chelsea
Located right in the heart of Manhattan, it should come as no surprise that Buffalo Exchange Chelsea is filled with colorful customers and employees with incredibly unique senses of style. One employee who truly stands out for her original, avant garde take on fashion is Christina Viera, who has been a buyer at the Chelsea store for three years.
Christina, who is originally from Rhode Island, has lived in New York for 30 years, making stops in Boston for an undergraduate degree in fine art, Wisconsin for two master’s degrees in painting and Berlin for a fellowship in painting.
After living in Berlin for 7 1/2 years, Christina moved back across the Atlantic to New York to exhibit her surrealist paintings. She started working in graphic design, then got a job as a photographer and image archivist in a high-end Manhattan art gallery. When she started making regular trips to Barney’s during her lunch break, her love of fashion bloomed.
While shopping at Barney’s, Christina fell in love with brands like COMME des GARÇONS and Yohji Yamamoto. She loved their playfulness, use of color and inventiveness. As a regular shopper and seller at Buffalo Exchange, Christina began collecting avant garde pieces and mixing them with everyday items. It wasn’t long before she applied to work here!
Christina now owns about 25 pieces from COMME des GARÇONS, which she regularly wears with jewelry and hats she’s designed herself. Some of Christina’s other favorite Buffalo finds include a Ron Bass jacket and a number of Zana Bayne harnesses.
Anyone can see Christina possesses a style all her own. Both unique and refined, she has garnered attention from numerous fashion blogs and is a regular target for street style photographers. She has even been featured several times on Advanced Style!
When asked to define her personal style, though, Christina was unsure how to respond. “I think that’s a question other people should answer and not me,” Christina said. “My style is just me.”