Loreina Balderas has worked at the U-District Buffalo Exchange for two and a half years. Currently a buyer solo, she is working on becoming a specialist and expert buyer. She is a star in customer service and shows her love for fashion through every single outfit.
How/when did you get interested in fashion?
I volunteered at a shopkeeper’s vintage boutique in Nevada. I was constantly surrounded by beautifully upholstered mid-century furniture, vintage jewelry, and lots of amazing vintage clothing. So, of course, I fell in love.
When did you start collecting vintage?
I started collecting vintage when I was 18 years old.
What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe? Why?
I love strawberry novelty print and my favorite article of clothing just so happens to be a 1950s hand-painted strawberry printed skirt.
What is your favorite thing about working for Buffalo Exchange?
A few of my favorite things are the endless possibilities to express myself through fashion. Another is working alongside a hardworking and creative team.
Tell us about your weekly themed outfits?
Since I get to dress up for work, I find it fun to tell a story through my wardrobe. Some of my favorite themes have been 1940s floral prints, western, and of course, all things black.
What is your style inspiration?
Growing up, my mom and I watched loads of films. They were mostly silent, black and white films, and musicals spanning from 1920–1959. Their costumes were always so glamourous to me and I dreamed about the day I could dress like they did.
What are your passions outside of work?
Being active is a must up here. I love to hike, and take both Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. Shopping—there’s nothing like the thrill of finding that perfect piece of vintage. Dancing, jiving, you name it. Attending shows to all genres of music, especially post-metal/post-rock, punk and Chicano bands.