The 570 Blog Showcase - Featuring Annamarie Vazquez / Hair Stylist Bio / Entrepreneur / Vintage By Vazquez
The music and film industry isn't just known for it's unique sounds, artists and videos. They are industries that glorify fashion and style. I mean.. who wouldn't want to be looking their best during a photoshoot for their upcoming project?
Meet Annamarie Vazquez, a fashion stylist and creative director. Mod570 collaborated with Anna in a short interview to introduce her brand "Vintage By Vazquez."
Who are you and what is Vintage By Vazquez?
I'm Annamarie, a fashion stylist and creative director of my business Vintage by Vazquez. Putting together outfits and styling looks is what I do best. Helping people feel beautiful about themselves through fashion fuels me.
Vintage By Vazquez focuses on sustainable style. My goal for the brand is to enlighten others on the impact the fashion industry is having on the world. I want to influence others to shop consciously and reduce the stereotype of recycled clothes. Also, I want to connect and collaborate with other fashion brands that focus on sustainable style and vintage fashion. Most importantly, I hope Vintage By Vazquez will inspire others to do what they love.
How long have you been in business, and what is your personal experience being an entrepreneur?
I’ve been in business for almost a year now. Vintage by Vazquez launched on January 31st 2020.
I would say there are definitely pros and cons to running your own business but I really love the thought of having something that is yours. Building my brand on my own has given me creative freedom and that's what makes it all worth it.
What key factors played a role in the start up of Vintage By Vazquez?
Some key factors in my startup have been my V/V logo and my price tags. I’ve had so many people purchase my pieces and leave the tag on. I actually love that people don’t want to take it off. It makes me so excited for what’s to come..
If you knew one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you started, what would that be?
I wish I dealt with the technical parts of starting a business first. Such as registering your business, opening a bank account, and getting your EIN. All the boring aspects that aren't so fun but the most important. It’s definitely a process and something I wish I knew to handle in the very beginning of starting my business, instead of getting caught up on other aspects that weren’t as important.
What tips would you give to upcoming entrepreneurs?
The best advice I can give is to find yourself first. Having a business is not easy and lots of work. Don’t just start a business solely for money, make sure it’s something you are passionate about and really enjoy.
Why did you start this business? What does it mean for you to be here and contributing to your community?
I started Vintage by Vazquez because I had a love for thrifting and upcycling clothes. I also wanted a way to showcase myself as a stylist and allow others to shop my pieces.
I am so appreciative to be contributing to the community through fashion. As I mentioned before, my goal for Vintage by Vazquez is to make a difference in the industry through reducing the stereotype of used clothes. Before, people weren’t so willing to wear a piece that was secondhand. Now, the culture has shifted and it’s becoming more socially acceptable and that is a step in the right direction.
Anna's advice on dealing with the technicalities of registering your business, obtaining your EIN and opening a bank account are very important key factors when starting up your business. We would like to thank Anna for her collaboration and cannot wait to see her grow beside us these next following years.
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