Monday, June 7, 2010

Studded Rose Vintage :: Ashley Rose

Ashley was the winner of our Spring for Lovers contest! Like many of our members, she owns a fabulous online store – Studded Rose Vintage. She has a knack of finding the perfect outfit for others. Let’s learn more about Ashley!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born with a love for vintage. I used to make earrings in high school and sell them on my mom’s eBay account. I didn’t have much money so I sell clothes to buy new clothes.

What inspired you to start your own vintage store?
I have a passion for fashion. I was a veterinary nurse and found that fashion took my mind off the depressing aspects of my job.

I started op shopping a long time ago and I love buying things for my friends. I am pretty much a shopaholic and I love shopping for other people. I found a lot of clothes that didn’t fit me so I started my own eBay account to sell these clothes that I found.

I have been working on my store full-time for about 1 year now. Prior to that, I had 6 years of experience selling on eBay.

What are your dreams and aspirations?
I would like to have a real store. I am really passionate to provide items to people who cannot op shop.

What advice would you give for people who would like to start an online vintage store?

The most important thing is to be passionate about what you do. It’s not an easy job. One of the hardest parts about vintage clothes is that you want to keep them for yourself.

Other than that, an eye for good fabric and good at picking clothes for other people are important.

How would you define your style?
I like black, girly ruffles / cuts and quality fabrics. I love mixing. I like neutrals and not a lot of colors. I also love lace and leather.

Tell us more about the photos that you take?
I never studied photography. I shoot with a Canon SLR. The girl in all of the photos that I post is Paige. She offered to help me out so we shoot twice a week.

Do you have an absolute favorite piece?
I really don’t have one since every piece is so individual. I do like a white and black striped cardigan that is made of marino wool with silk. I like pieces that are made from great fabrics and I love everything with lace.

Ashley told us that she would like to continue her career in styling and fashion editing. With the fabulous outfits that she has posted on Mode Republic, we are confident that she will be successful in her future endeavors. Stay tuned with the upcoming outfits put together by Ashley!