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My Mom, the Original Fashion Influencer

By: Savannah Rodriguez, Buffalo Exchange HQ

For me, my mom was the original influencer. Vintage silk gowns, artisan jewelry, structured classics and a sea of heels filled her closet. I would touch and try on everything, feeling the textures and checking the labels. The different silhouettes and fabrics helped me find my own style and develop an appreciation for quality construction. Some of my most beloved pieces, like a vintage Navajo onyx cuff and a 50s Hermes scarf, were gifts from my mother. Such heirlooms are the key to transforming a wardrobe from trendy to timeless.

Building a Distinctive Wardrobe 


My mother is a master of shopping – she knows no boundaries. She will strike gold in the most unlikely of places, like a small neighborhood market at a park in Tecate, Mexico, where her family is from. There, she bought me an embroidered, handmade backpack that I adored and still have to this day. My mother was a frequent shopper of both Buffalo Exchange and Nordstrom. She taught me that the price you pay is irrelevant – it’s the quality that matters. Her keen eye for style and openness to look for it wherever she goes inspires me to do the same.

Fashion is Art

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My mom is an abstract artist with a soul as bold as the printed maxi dresses she frequently wears. She always says that our bodies are canvases. Every time we dress, we have the opportunity to form a masterpiece – a work of art that is uniquely our own and has the power to illustrate who we are, who we want to be and what we feel inside.

What Goes Around Comes Back Around

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I’ve learned from my mother that trends will always resurface at some point. Most tend to have an updated, modern feel when we see them again, but they do come back! Knowing this is valuable to shaping your wardrobe. There are some pieces that will always be classics – like a crisp white button down or an embroidered 60s wool coat. These well-made items are worth keeping in your closet for eternity.

My mother has taught me more than just how to dress, though. She’s taught me that, in life, we get back what we put out. My mom is a firm believer in karma. She believes that the path to true contentment is through treating our planet and all of its beings with love and respect. I’m proud to have such a passionate and genuine woman as my mother. The most important thing she has given me is the encouragement to always be myself – while wearing my fiercest ensemble, of course!

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