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Celebrating 25 Years of the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award!

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Happy awards season, everyone! While we certainly love watching our favorite celebs strut the red carpet, there’s another important accolade that comes to mind: the 2019 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award! According to Buffalo Exchange co-founder Spencer Block, art is not “the cherry on top” of life — rather, it is “essential to the well-being of society”. For the past two and a half decades, Buffalo Exchange has supported the creative spirit of Southern Arizona by honoring local artists, and performers with the Arts Award. Read ahead to learn more about the history of the Award and some of our past honorees. 

How the Arts Awards Came to Be

In 1994, Kerstin and Spencer Block founded The Buffalo Exchange Arts Award in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA). Since that time, the Fund has awarded $10,000 a year to one deserving local artist. This has allowed artists to continue their work in the local community.  We are absolutely thrilled to celebrate 25 years of the Arts Award by honoring not just one, but two Southern Arizonans who’ve made a significant impact in the lives of fellow Arizonans through their work. This year’s dual award will go to Allison Miller for Visual Arts and Bryan Falcón for Performing Arts. They’ll both receive $10,000 to continue their excellent work in the community during a ceremony on January 30th, 2020 at the Community Foundation Campus.

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Dante Celeiro, Community Leader and 2018 Arts Award Recipient

Dante Celeiro is a leader in the LGBTQIA+ community of Tucson. After moving from NYC to the desert over 25 years ago, Dante has worked with the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation and now manages Boys R Us, Arizona’s first gender performance group. Dante also created Fluxx, a non-profit organization that advocates for an open dialogue around queer culture and works to increase visibility of queer arts and culture through exhibitions, performance art and workshops.

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Nathanael Gregory Myers, Multi-Discipline Performing Artist and 2017 Arts Award Recipient 

As a multidisciplinary artist, Nathanael has showcased his art throughout a wide array of Tucson venues – most notably through his work with the Museum of Contemporary Art and through performances at Artifact Dance Project and The Rogue Theatre (you can also find some of his paintings hung in galleries across town!). A painter, dancer and musician, Nathanael works to combine romanticism, biology and elements of nature as he explores the mediums of visual and performing arts.

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Rachael Rios, Visual Artist and 2016 Arts Award Recipient

The 2016 Buffalo Exchange Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Award went to artist Racheal Rios. Rachael is a native Tucsonan who describes her drawings as a reflection of her relationship with the desert and the things that inhabit it — common elements of her artwork include cactus flowers and various Arizona wildlife such as coyotes, javelinas and jaguars.

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Rick Wamer, Visual & Performing Artist and 2015 Arts Award Recipient 

Rick Wamer has been described by Tucson Weekly as “part dancer, part actor, part comedian”. Mentored by the famed French actor and mime Marcel Marceau, Rick is a globally recognized performing artist who inspires and touches the lives of thousands each year. Rick is the co-founder of Embody Learning in Tucson.

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, Arts Award, Musician, Chris Black

Chris Black, Performing Artist and 2014 Arts Award Recipient

Chris Black is a composer and performer from Tucson. Currently playing primarily as a solo double bassist, he is the founder of the alt-classical chamber music concert series ChamberLab.

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, Arts Award, Artist, Heather Green Heather Green, Visual Artist and 2010 Arts Award Recipient

The 2010 Arts Award was bestowed upon visual artist Heather Green. In Green’s own words, her work examines the “historical and ecological narratives of the Northern Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert.” A Tucson native, Heather currently works in Tempe as Assistant Professor of Book Arts at Arizona State University.

Since its creation in 1994, Buffalo Exchange has awarded over $214,000 to artists in Southern Arizona. As we look forward to the next decade, we’re reminded of a quote from Spencer Block: “Artists are the visionaries. They go where no one has gone and show us the way.” In 2020 and the years beyond, we can count on Buffalo Exchange and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to continue to celebrate artists in our community so they may continue their work, and in turn, continue to show us the way into the future.

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Lessons in Style from Buffalo Exchange Shopper Mark Aubrey

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By Aarian Frye; Photography by Furey Stirrat  

A Tucson transplant by way of the great plains, Mark Aubrey is a longtime Buffalo Exchange customer with a unique sense of style and a great appreciation for secondhand shopping. Mark grew up in Oklahoma, where his love of patterns, color and texture got a lot of attention. When he traveled down to the Southwest for grad school, he discovered Buffalo Exchange Tucson. Since then, he’s browsed his way through various locations over the past 28 years and found some amazing pieces along the way – find out what he loves about shopping resale!

Mark in silver puffy jacket

Mark with denim Jacket

Mark’s Favorite Buffalo Finds 

Since starting to shop at Buffalo Exchange, Mark has collected many pieces to round out his style – a gold pair of Oakley sunglasses and a Minnetonka bucket hat are among his favorites. In fact, the vintage leather hat is such a prized possession that, when it went missing one time, Mark’s friends created a lost-and-found post on social media. Luckily, Mark shares with a chuckle, the hat “was found stuffed between the wall and my bed’s headboard.” In keeping with his love of accessories, Mark’s favorite section in the store is the shoe wall – he’s always in search of his next pair of sneakers.

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Art in ATX: Local Artist Alex Coronel’s Mural At Buffalo Exchange Austin

Local Artist Alex Coronel’s Mural At Buffalo Exchange Austin

By Marcella Willden, Photography and Artwork by Alex Coronel 

It’s been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, but we think this new mural at Buffalo Exchange Austin, painted by local artist Alex Coronel, is easily worth 1 million! To learn more about his incredible mural, we caught up with Alex to chat about his creative process, passion for art and love for Buffalo Exchange.

Alex Coronel and his dog

When did your passion for art begin?

I’ve always considered myself an artist and I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember! When I worked for a friend’s theater company after college, I started creating murals without even knowing it — they needed an artist, so I signed on and painted a few backdrops. That experience came in handy when I applied to do my first mural and I felt more prepared than I initially thought I would!

 Alex Coronel’s paintings

How would you describe your artistic style?

I’d say that my style is ever-changing and unlimited. I would never want to snuff the light of an idea just because it wouldn’t fit into a certain style of mine. So, a lot of the time, I try a medium or style I’m not too familiar with. I quite enjoy it!

Alex Coronel’s paintings

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Take chances! Instead of limited yourself to an 8×11 canvas, paint on something that’s 6 feet tall. Fill that space with something big— it doesn’t literally have to be a 6ft canvas, it can be anything that intimidates you. It might not be what you initially had in mind, but you may surprise yourself. I want to encourage aspiring artists to explore the art world with confidence and tenacity.

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Happy New Year and Thank You for a Wonderful 2019!

As 2019 comes to its end and we enter the new decade, we find ourselves grateful for all of the wonderful things that have happened over the past year and we’re looking forward to what’s to come. We want to say thank you to all of the customers and employees who have supported Buffalo Exchange through the years and contributed to our success. We simply couldn’t do it without you! Wishing everyone a fantastic 2020!

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Do your New Year’s resolutions involve a love for fashion, people and working hard in a fun and friendly environment? Start 2020 off right by joining our herd! We’re always looking to expand our Buffalo Family and we offer a ton of perks like paid time off and an employee discount to name a few. If you’re looking for a fresh start to the New Year, stop by any of our locations and apply in-store or online today. Happy New Year!

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Tokens for Bags® Charities

Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Our Tokens for Bags® program has raised over $803,000 for thousands of local charities since 1994, saving over 16.06 million bags from polluting the environment!

Find your local Buffalo Exchange below and check out the charities you can give back to.

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Way Out West: Meet Buffalo Exchange Austin Store Manager Lucy

Ever wanted to know more about the amazing people that make up Buffalo Exchange? Recently, we caught up with Lucy Abare, Store Manager at Buffalo Exchange Austin, to ask her a few questions about how she got started at Buffalo Exchange and what the job means to her!

What led you to apply at Buffalo?

I was new to Austin and loved fashion. Walking into Buffalo Exchange for the first time was exciting because it gave me a feel for my new neighborhood and community. I remember feeling like this was a place I could see myself working. While waiting to sell clothes one day I decided to fill out an application. 

What position did you start out in?

I started as a part-time Buyer and just immersed myself in the clothing and the culture. I loved the job and gave it my all every day. About a year into the job, a management position opened up and my manager asked me to apply. I didn’t think I was the person they needed for the job, but they were confident I would be good at it. Six years later, here we are! I’m so glad they believed in me and gave me the push to try something new.

What do you like best about the job?

Every Buffalo Exchange store is so connected to its local community. I love getting to meet all of our customers – especially new people that I wouldn’t meet in my own social circles. The job really broadened my horizons in that way.

How do you think your employees would describe the environment at your store?

Supportive and fun. The environment is also one of endless curiosity – employees want to learn more and are always working to do so. I really encourage them to try new things and be okay with mistakes so long as they learn from them. I also love coaching and being a team leader because I’m able to motivate my staff every day to learn more and improve. 

What kind of skills do you think you’ve picked up along the way?

I’ve learned a lot over the years, but the most valuable thing I’ve picked up is people skills – how to build authentic relationships with people. Buffalo Exchange places a lot of emphasis on transparency and honest communication.

What is your impression of Buffalo Exchange as a company?

The things Buffalo Exchange values are the things that I value in my personal life – giving back to the community and giving back to the environment. I think that the way Buffalo Exchange values people and our world is so important. It allows us to be collectively sustainable and to grow as we move forward.

Does working at Buffalo Exchange sound like the job for you? You’re in luck because we’re hiring at locations across the country! Your love for fashion, sustainability and working with people could be the perfect fit. Learn more about our open positions, then apply online or stop into your local Buffalo Exchange – we’d love to meet you in person!

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Holiday Lookbook: Sparkly 80s Prom Inspiration

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By Marcella Willden, Photography by Monique Woolley for Buffalo Exchange Hillcrest

2020 is just around the corner and so are the New Year’s Eve parties! Do you have your look ready to ring in the new decade? If not, we’ve got you covered: scroll through to get some 80s prom-themed inspiration from Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Hillcrest)!

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DIY Holiday Sweaters: Cac-tis’ The Season!

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By Marcella Willden & Savy Kroop

The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to take your favorite sweaters out of your closet and rock them at all of the holiday parties! Don’t want to repeat the same look from last year? Buffalo Exchange has your back! Stop into your local Buffalo for tons of cute and cozy options. OR, if you’re you feeling a little crafty, you can try DIY-ing your own holiday sweater. This festive cactus sweater is a fun twist on a traditional holiday sweater that we’re sure will have you looking ON-POINT this season!

Marcella and Savy crafting their sweaters

What You’ll Need to DIY Your Cactus Holiday Sweaters

The first (and maybe obvious) step is to get a sweater! You can sift through your closet to find one you don’t wear anymore or you can stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick one up – like we did! We found these cute, coordinating gray sweaters with statement sleeves for extra festive flair. While we were out-and-about, we stopped into the dollar store to get all of our crafting supplies. In total, we spent about $30 on this project for both sweaters and it only took about 30 minutes from start to finish. We had so much fun DIY-ing these sweaters that I think we found a new holiday tradition!

Supplies:

Sweater, Felt, Pom pom balls, Pipe cleaners, Hot glue gun and glue sticks, Scissors, Marker, Optional: Other crafty supplies like ribbon and glitter

Savy cutting out felt for cactus

Marcella cutting out felt for cactus

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Cool-Weather Lookbook: Sportswear Edition

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By Marcella Willden; Photography by Nina Paz, Rachel Eselman and Hanae Clark

My favorite season is finally here! One of the things that I love the most about the cooler weather is the ability it gives me to layer a ton of different colors, textures, and patterns. I also love to be comfy when it’s cool outside, so I’m super inspired by street style sportswear – whether it’s jerseys, oversized camouflage, fuzzy bomber jackets or retro color blocking. Read on for some street style inspiration from Buffalo Exchange Tempe, Washington DC, and Atlanta!

AZ2 Orange sweater with Orange Jacket and Coyotes Jersey

White striped sweaters, Tempe, AZ

White striped sweaters, Tempe, AZ

Phoenix Suns Jersey and Green skirt outfit, Tempe AZ

Phoenix Suns Jersey, Tempe AZ

Astros Jersey and Orange jacket outfit, Tempe AZ

Slam Dunk Style at Buffalo Exchange Tempe

When the weather cools down, continue rocking all your favorite basketball jerseys by layering a long sleeve underneath and pairing with jeans and sneakers. Photography by Nina Paz for Buffalo Exchange Tempe.

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Fall/Winter Fashion Lookbook: Classic Menswear and Layers

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By Savy Kroop; Styling and Photography by Chris Bogard; Modeling by Roberto Aguilar & Brandon Santana

With temperatures dropping, it’s time to break out the layers! For cooler temps, we’re loving classically rich colors like mustard and maroon and bright details like graphic prints and pops of orange. Scroll through for a fresh take on classic menswear from photographer Chris Bogard at Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Williamsburg).

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Brighten up a gloomy day with a neon orange jacket or vest!

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