Buffalo Exchange Ventura customer Johnathan Whalen is a truly remarkable man. At the age of 85, he’s still evolving his personal style and trying out fun new things. He even participated in Peace Corps just a few years back! We sat down with him to find out what he loves about resale shopping and where he gets his style inspiration from.
What are you looking to add to your wardrobe?
I wish I could think of things that I need, but I can’t. I have beautiful suits from years ago – even tuxedos. I have more shoes than Imelda Marcos. I am always looking for a new challenge, though. I just bring out a garment that I have at home and look for something I can complement it with.
How long have you been shopping at Buffalo Exchange?
I moved down here from Washington when I returned from the Peace Corps. Soon after, I discovered this amazing concept called Buffalo Exchange. It’s been three years and, really, it is the main attraction when I come into town. I get to see remarkable styles at a wonderful price. I really love it.
What do you love about resale shopping at Buffalo Exchange?
Such a variety of clothing! Most people think Buffalo Exchange has more of a youthful style, but even though I’m a little older, I always find something. I love combining my style with new trends.
What has been your best Buffalo find?
When I consider all the great finds, it’s hard to say, but I’ve fallen in love with this pair of Boss jeans I got just a week or two ago. They are really a quality cut and they were on sale, too, which I couldn’t believe.
How would you describe your personal style?
I definitely like a younger cut. I try to be in a good physical shape since I’m 85, and I’m very happy with the way I look. I just enjoy looking and feeling good.
Where do you get your style inspiration from?
I subscribe to the New York Times and I get a lot of inspiration from the women’s clothing I see in there. Once in a while, I will find a women’s garment while resale shopping that fits perfect and I buy it. I could take these to a tailor shop and have them altered, but I don’t because I like them just the way they are. This was inspired by a star that recently passed away, David Bowie. In his time, my daughter was obsessed with this crazy man and I never knew why. Now that I’m 85, he has become a new male role model for me. Even though I know very little about him, I enjoy his style and that is enough for me.
Do you have any style advice?
Never grow old and enjoy everything you wear.