By Buffalo Exchange Somerville
Buffalo Exchange Somerville buyer Jassmyn takes us through her vintage collection, personal and cosplay style, and being a buyer at Buffalo!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself:
A: I love painting, drawing, and costume-making. I am a cosplayer and have made costumes for myself, as well as for friends. I typically dress up as Harley Quinn from the Batman universe when I attend conventions, and I’ve met a lot of celebrities at them: Elvira, Flash Gordon, and Robin Lord Taylor from the show Gotham, to name a few. I’ve been cosplaying for a little over two years and look forward to making it a profitable hobby one day.
Q: How long have you been a part of the herd?
A: I’ve been at Buffalo for almost two years. I started as a cashier and was just recently promoted to a buyer.
Q: What is the most important thing you’ve learned so far from transitioning from a cashier to a buyer?
A: With my experience as a cashier, I have some knowledge of what sells best for us and I try and incorporate that into my decisions I am making while at the buy counter. As a buyer, I’ve been learning a lot about what it means for a piece to be ‘desirable’ to our customer and how that corresponds to pricing.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: I would say my personal style would be described as ‘Rockabilly/Pin-Up’ with a little vintage flair. Most of my vintage is 50s era.
Q: What is your ‘go-to’ outfit?
A: My ‘go-to’ outfit is usually a circle skirt (passed the knee, of course) with a colorful or printed cardigan, bumper bangs, red lips, and wingtips. If it’s hot out, I just trade in the cardigan for a crop top!
Q: What is your favorite Buffalo find?
A: I found an amazing three-piece suit by Christian Dior that I believe was from the 40s or 50s that my boyfriend almost cried over – it fit him like a glove and now he uses it for cosplay purposes.
Q: Favorite emerging trend for the upcoming season?
A: Chunky knits! I am all for a big, cozy sweater to keep warm, especially for the infamous New England weather.
Q: What is your favorite era for vintage?
A: My favorite era for vintage is definitely 40s and 50s, specifically the classic shapes to the dresses and the overall quality construction. I get all giddy when an amazing vintage piece comes over the buy counter.
Q: What are you currently on the look-out for to add to your closet?
A: I am constantly on the look-out for pin-up and rockabilly styles, especially circle skirts (must be past the knee!). Anything with fun patterns or bold colors is a must. I currently have my eye on this adorable 60s-inspired white swing dress from Pinup Girl Clothing that has little oranges that border the bottom, but it’s always sold out!