Get your vintage on! Elan Renegade Vintage sells pieces from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and yes, the 90s! Courtney Burton, the vintage curator, is a college student on a budget and has created a business to sell her fabulous finds to fashionistas also on a budget. Visit her shop on Etsy and you may want to think twice before hitting the mall.
When and how did your company come to life?
I am utterly addicted to clothes, but as a college student, tuition comes first. My new budget requires me to limit my fashion expenditures. In an attempt to remain stylish I discovered the wonderful world of thrifting which eventually spurred my love for vintage clothing. I use the shop to show other fashionistas on a budget that acquiring a perfect wardrobe doesn’t have to mean shelling out hundreds of dollars. Shopping vintage is more affordable and definitely results in more unique pieces.
What do you sell?
Elan Renegade Vintage is obsessed with vintage. The shop sells vintage clothing including dresses, skirts, pants, shorts, blouses, and jackets ranging in style and print, from floral to leather. Accessories including hats, bags, shoes, and jewelry are also sold in the shop. These items originated from the 60s, 70s, 80s, & 90s. Currently only women’s items are available but an expansion into the world of men’s fashion is in the near future.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get so much of my inspiration from photographs of my mother. Although she no longer has any of her awesome duds from back in the day, I sometimes find myself trying to emulate some of her looks. From pleated skirts to high waist riding pants, some of her fashion sense has definitely rubbed off on me.
What’s your ultimate dream for your company?
I ultimately hope that Elan Renegade Vintage serves as inspiration for others to explore fashion and develop a personal style that suites them.
What do you think of the DC Metropolitan Area style?
Since there are so many working professionals in the area, I think the DC area fashion scene emits such a classic vibe. The best part is that this classic style always incorporates an unexpected flair. Whether it be vintage elements, the perfect pop or color or a splash of sequins or shimmer, every look seems so simple and effortless.
What is your favorite neighborhood/town for shopping?
Basically everywhere. I like finding little hidden spots anywhere I go. The smaller the better.
Favorite fashion blogs:
I usually check out Refinery29 and Fashion Bomb almost daily.
Interview conducted by Kristine Thomas, founder and owner of DewdropDC. Check out the blog here.