While Houston has a robust used clothing and accessories scene, with the likes of The Leopard Lounge, Retropolis and Buffalo Exchange, among others, Got Vintage, a collaboration between Yoko Vintage and Vida Vintage, is offering Houstonians curated “pop up” events (their first one was in October) with some of the town’s best vintage finds for both men and women, as well as giving local vendors and craft artisans a launching pad to showcase their finds and designs. We sat down with the duo behind Got, Luz Perez and Saray Ortiz, for a peek behind the curtain of this growing scene.
Can you tell us what got you both interested in the world of Vintage Clothing?
We both grew up shopping at thrift stores; Luz was a vintage buyer in the U.K and Saray has had vintage shops on eBay and Houston’s Retropolis. So, it has always been a world we were familiar with and became something we simply loved doing. Clothing is a way to express yourself without saying one word and vintage clothing is one of a kind, so each piece comes with a story.
What’s it like working with each other? How did you meet?
Saray: I was driving one day and noticed these handwritten signs saying vintage sale! Intrigued, I followed the signs to a warehouse dock and was amazed by what I saw: Luz’s vintage collection. We hit it off immediately, started seeing each other regularly at different market events and became very close. There’s a sense of community among small business owners, understanding each other’s struggles, dreams and aspirations and ours aligned perfectly. We started teaming up, doing festivals like Free Press Houston Summer Fest and the now defunct Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Luz: I love Saray! We‘re very different, but at the same time soalike. We both have the same dreams and understand each other’s vision for our shops. She’s my vintage soulmate. I used to rent out warehouse areas to host sales on weekends and Saray happened to see one of my makeshift signs, and the rest is history. I’ve always loved our chemistry and how our styles always complement one another, so our combined booths always have a little bit of everything for everyone.
What is your own personal style inspiration?
Saray: Inspiration for me is everywhere, from music, movies, art. I really like mixing prints and styles from different decades. Having the freedom to mix and make it work to create a great looking outfit is really empowering.
Luz: Honestly, I just love clothes. I don’t think I have a set style to say. I like to mix decades with a little modern twist to it, anything colorful with bold prints and a nice fit.
What’s in store for Got Vintage?
We hope to continue growing and host our “big event” every three months, along with having minieditions of streetwear vendor pop-ups in between. We eventually want to open a brick and mortar location. Got Vintage is a market where it doesn‘t matter your size, style, gender; there is something for everyone here. If you love clothes, this is the place for you.
What’s your dream vintage find?
Luz: Anything 50s! Bathing suits, dresses you name it. I‘m obsessed with the 50s silhouette.
Saray: I am a big fan of Bart Simpson. I like finding the bootleg tees. They’re rare but exist and in high demand, so if I come across one, it‘s happy dance time. Learn more about them by visiting www.yokovintage.com.