Vinclox: How Vintage Brands Create Communities
Forging Community Through Vintage
is the Founder, Stylist and Creative Director for Vinclox.
Quaint Revolt: Tell us a little about yourself and background?
Vinclox: I will be 23 at the end of November, so a happy birthday to me. I was born in Nigeria and moved to America almost 19 years ago, and have been living in Brooklyn ever since. I thought I wanted to be an Anesthesiologist in my early years, then I changed from science to finance.
After graduating with a Bachelors in Economics, in hopes to be a great Wealth Manager, I declined a Morgan Stanley offer to pursue my purpose of Creative Directing and Styling. After working in fast food and retail from my teens to 22, I realized there was no growth and it was time to take all of my experiences, put them together and start my own businesses.
QR: How did Vinclox come to fruition?
V: Vinclox came to fruition, when I turned what seemed to me as an addiction, into a business! I found myself always buying clothes and shoes to the point that there wouldn’t be space for any new items. I would collect pieces that were passed down from family, especially my mom and my dad, and I became a big thrifter in high school when people thought thrifting was “bummy”.
I began buying from online vintage shops and realized instead of spending money buying new collections with no where to put them, I would just give others an opportunity to purchase those items, knowing the pieces will last for a long time.
QR: What does community mean to you?
V: Community to me means having an unlimited support system, a space where people like myself can express themselves freely, and a space where people share similar interests and goals. I grew up on the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and that’s what a community should reflect.