We sat down with Zoe Miller, a buyer specialist at Buffalo Exchange Seattle (Ballard). Check out her favorite thing about working for Buffalo and her ever-growing vintage collection.
How long have you been working at Buffalo Exchange?
Two years and counting.
What is your favorite part about working at Buffalo Exchange?
I love being around clothing on a daily basis and expanding my fashion vocabulary. I have also met some of the sweetest people on the planet working here, which I will be eternally thankful for.
How would you describe your style?
My style is ever-evolving which I owe primarily to being at the buy counter so often! Right now I would say it’s a fine blend of vintage, kitsch and “maximalism.”
How long have you been collecting vintage?
I’ve been a huge fan of vintage clothing for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t really start “collecting” until I began my job here at Buffalo. (Mainly because I never had a paying job to fuel my expensive vintage obsession before!)
What ignited your interest in vintage clothing?
My mom has had a huge influence in my fashion taste since I was in elementary school. She would always bring home unique pieces from her daily outings to our local thrift stores, and I would be so fascinated by the history behind each piece. I would play dress-up in all the beautiful frocks and try to imagine what it was like when they were being worn the first time around.
What’s your most treasured piece?
It’s really hard to say. I have so many truly wonderful pieces I’ve accumulated over the past couple of years. The coolest thing I have is probably a vintage costume piece- a parade dress from (I believe) the late 1940s. It has a huge hoop skirt and is red, white, and blue, with white felt stars sewn throughout. If you follow me on essentially any form of social media, you’ve likely seen it make an appearance a few times!
Any tips for styling vintage for beginners?
It sounds cheesy, but express yourself! What draws me to vintage clothing the most is how each piece tells a story. Accessorize it to make it your own, and tell your own story in the new generation!