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Keepin’ It Culotte: How to Wear Culottes This Spring

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By Amelia Gotobed, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen a dramatic spread of pants styles, from wide-legged trousers to high waisted skinny jeans and, of course, culottes. Cropped pants continue to be popular as we move into spring – and with good reason! Roomy and structured, they keep you comfy while giving you a sophisticated silhouette. Plus, they just so happen to be extremely versatile – read on to find out how to wear culottes three different ways!

Geometry 101

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With this look, we kept it simple by sticking to black and white with rose gold accents. Grid prints are another popular geometric pattern that have been spotted everywhere, so why not add them to the mix? Since the top is mostly black and the bottoms are mostly white, it doesn’t overwhelm the eyes! To keep with the geometric theme, we picked a statement circle necklace – as you can see, we pretty much covered all the basic shapes in one outfit.  If you want to shake the monochromatic look just a little, swap out the white tassel earrings for a pair with multicolored fringe.

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“GET CLOTHES FOR JUST $1 AT ONE OF THE BEST THRIFT STORES IN NYC NEXT MONTH” BY TIME OUT NEW YORK

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Time Out New York featured Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Get clothes for just $1 at one of the best thrift stores in NYC next month” on 3/27/18.  “That’s why when one of the best thrift stores in New York hosts its annual Earth Day sale, at which pre-worn duds are marked a buck apiece, we freak out. Bargain lovers and patrons of Buffalo Exchange, pencil this date in your calendar. The thrift chain’s $1 blowout returns Saturday, April 21.”

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Nathanael Gregory Myers Receives Buffalo Exchange Arts Award

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By Danielle Hargett, Buffalo Exchange HQ

“Art is not something that humans do when they have nothing else to do. Art is an essential part of the human condition. It happens everywhere and in all circumstances.” – Spencer Block, Co-founder of Buffalo Exchange

Every year, the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award honors an emerging artist in Southern Arizona with $10,000 so that they can continue doing great work for the local community. This year, the award went to Nathanael Gregory Myers. On January 24, 2018, family, friends and other local artists gathered at the University of Arizona Poetry Center to celebrate as Nathanael accepted the award. Luckily for everyone in attendance, he also offered up a very cool performance!

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Nathanael Myers accepting the 2017 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award from Kerstin Block, Founder of Buffalo Exchange

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Get to Know a Buffalo: Meet Kaylee!

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By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange Headquarters; Photos from Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)

We stopped by Buffalo Exchange Wicker Park to meet Kaylee, a Buyer-turned-Associate Manager who’s been with the company for over two years. We wanted to get a glimpse of her life, find out what she loves about working for Buffalo and, of course, ask her about her favorite wardrobe item (SPOILER ALERT: it’s this kick-butt All Saints Balfern leather jacket!)

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Kaylee moved to Chicago three years ago with her beloved fur baby, a cat named Egg. When she’s not working at Buffalo Exchange Wicker Park, Kaylee is a fashion student at Columbia College Chicago, where she hopes to pursue visual merchandising, styling and art direction.

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When we asked her what she loves most about working at Buffalo, Kaylee says that, “Every day is different. I get to meet a lot of different people with different styles that I draw inspiration from for my own work in fashion. It has also lead me to being more experimental with my style.”

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If becoming a buyer like Kaylee sounds like the career path for you, you’re in luck – we’re looking for friendly, fashion-driven folks to join the Herd at locations across the country! Come down to your local Buffalo Exchange or  apply online today.






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NYC VINTAGE & THRIFT CLOTHING STORES MAP

NYC Vintage Map featured Buffalo Exchange NYC locations on a map highlighting the best vintage stores in the city. Liisa Jokinen, creator of NYC Vintage Map, says, “I hope that with the help of this map more people will choose used garments over new ones and find the joy of wearing vintage. To make recycling easier, I also tagged all the stores buying second hand clothes and accepting donations.”

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A Little Goes a Long Way: Buffalo Exchange Boston and Bug’s Bikes

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By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ

If you’ve ever shopped in one of our stores, you’re probably familiar with our Tokens for Bags program – you know, the one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because you have the chance to donate to a local charity every time you shop. If you’re not familiar, here’s the way it works: instead of supplying plastic bags that cost about a nickel apiece, we offer shoppers a token worth 5 cents to put towards a good cause. Every six months, we give three new charities the chance to participate. Recently, Buffalo Exchange Boston in Somerville teamed up with Bug’s Bikes to help children with special needs. Read on to find out why we’re proud to be supporting this awesome non-profit!

How did it all begin?

The idea for Bug’s Bikes came from 5-year-old ‘Bug’, a visually impaired kid with High-Functioning Autism who really loves to ride his bicycle! After finishing his second day of Adaptive Bike Camp, which helps children of all ability levels to ride, he decided that all kids should have the chance to ride their bike home every day. Unfortunately, with price tags for basic adaptive trikes running from $600 to $1,000 on average, many families can’t afford them. Every bike is a little different depending on the kid. Bug’s bike, for example, has three wheels, a seat belt and a seatback.

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“Bikes Like Me for Kids Like Me”

Determined to help his friend Sienna get a bike, Bug set up a lemonade stand with the help of his parents. Who would have figured that they’d raise over $2,000 in just three days? On October 2, 2013, Bug’s Bikes gave their first bicycle to 5-year-old Sienna. Since then, Bug’s Bikes has run an annual lemonade stand, along with other fundraising efforts, to support Bug’s vision of “Bikes like mine for kids like me!” The adaptive bikes that Bug raises money for often give families their first chance to ride bikes together and are great therapeutic tools for helping kids with special needs to build strength. Eventually, Bug’s Bikes hopes to expand the program and give out several bikes a month!

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To find out more about Bug’s Bikes and volunteer with them, visit BugsBikes.org. Or, if you’re in the Boston area, stop by Buffalo Exchange Boston Somerville to donate a token and help Bug keep the wheels turning!

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Anything But Subtle: Spring 2018 Trends

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By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Welcome to 2018! If you’re anything like me, you don’t consider the New Year to have truly started until spring rolls around. Once the frosty air gives way to warmer temps and sprigs of grass begin to spring from the ground, we’re finally able to shed the layers of yester-year and embark on a new – or recycled – fashion journey. From the runways to the streets, we’re seeing tons of 80s and 90s style inspo this year, from polka dots and denim to completely saturated monochromes and sorbet pastels. If you’re ready to have some fun with your closet, read ahead for the full scoop on spring 2018 trends!

Snap on, Snap Off: Belt Bags

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You probably saw this one coming: fanny packs – or “belt bags” as they are now called – are here to stay as one of the most useful spring 2018 trends. These waist packs aren’t what your parents wore during the family trip to Disneyland. Instead, we’re seeing belt bags with minimal pockets in sizes ranging from wallet to supersized. Go the traditional route and snap it around your middle or loop one arm through to wear as a chic crossbody.

Suit Yourself!

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Dapper Dans of the world, rejoice: the two-piece suit has returned! Whether you go classic with a blue linen blend that has sleek lapels or edgy with a double-breasted, grid-patterned short set, there is something sure to suit your every mood.

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Street Style Outfit Inspiration at Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn Boerum Hill

By Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Boerum Hill)

When you’re getting excited for spring style, but freezing temps and snowstorms keep popping up, what to do? Dressing for in-between seasons can be difficult, so here at Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Boerum Hill), we’re taking inspiration from street style seen on some of the top NYC fashion bloggers. Copy these looks to stay warm while wearing some of the pieces you’ve been stockpiling for spring!

Man Repeller’s Layering Magic

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To get this Man Repeller-inspired look, we went for a fun combo of bright colors and textures. We started with gold Nike Cortez sneakers and a puffer jacket, then added plenty of textures in between to really develop the layered effect. We can definitely see wearing these gold sneakers all the way into spring and are already envisioning all the outfits they might be paired with!

Aleali May’s Casual Cool Street Style

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For this look, we got our street style inspiration from Aleali May, pairing chic distressed denim with heeled booties, a fun corset top and a faux furry jacket. This is a great way to start wearing your favorite new spring pieces now! Sporty and bold, Aleali May’s streetwear style is casually chic. Her staple piece? An oversized jacket worn with joggers or jeans and heels or sneakers.

Brooklyn Blonde’s Timeless Look

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The Brooklyn Blonde has a classic, polished style with go-tos like black shades, chic handbags and classic coats. We took street style inspiration from her for this outfit by pairing a Zara jacket with Reformation jeans, an oversized scarf and simple flats with a pop of color. Come spring, simply peel of the scarf and jacket and you have yourself a look that’s casual and polished all at once!

If you’re living a spring daydream, but it’s still 14 degrees outside, don’t despair! Look to your favorite Instagram accounts (including @BuffaloExchange!) for winter-to-spring street style outfit inspiration. Then, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange for tons of spring pieces you can start wearing now. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to bring in your spring cleanout for cash or trade on-the-spot!

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“WITHOUT FAIL, I FIND THE BEST PIECES AT THESE L.A. CONSIGNMENT SHOPS” BY WHO WHAT WEAR

Who What Wear mentioned Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Without Fail, I Find the Best Pieces at These L.A. Consignment Shops” on 3/8/18. “You’ll also find T-shirts, sweaters, and other wardrobe classics from high-street favorites like Zara and Brandy Melville here that won’t look like much until you find yourself wearing them on repeat.”

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“THE BEST VINTAGE, CONSIGNMENT AND THRIFT SHOPS IN NYC ACCORDING TO A FASHION BLOGGER” BY MY LIFE OUT OF OFFICE

My Life Out of Office mentioned Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “The Best Vintage, Consignment And Thrift Shops In NYC According To A Fashion Blogger” on 3/8/18. “Do it all at Buffalo Exchange. Buy, sell and/or trade new and recycled fashion at one of its 49 stores scattered across 17 states.”