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If you’re the kind of gal or guy who loves a bit of grunge style, there’s no doubt you’re probably digging our vintage renewal collections right now. Well these vintage gems don’t just appear out of thin air, hell no, they’re rummaged from warehouses and thrifty shops from around the world.
The lady who has the grueling task of finding these threads (that’s a joke by the way, we all know that’s one awesome job) is none other than our Vintage and Renewal Senior Buyer Sarah Kearny. Scroll down below to find out what being a vintage buyer is all about!
UO: Hello Sarah! So you’re the Renewal Senior Buyer for Urban Outfitters. Tell us what this actually means?
SK: I personally think I have the best job in the world!! My team and me continually identify trends we feel excited about and can be translated into the Renewal collection. I travel around the world to source vintage clothes that we feel fit our unique customers lifestyle. I love the thrill of trawling through mounds of clothes to find the perfect pieces for our loyal Urban followers. My job is very creative and no day is ever the same.
UO: How did you get yourself into this type of job?
SK: I always wanted to work for Urban Outfitters and always loved vintage, I was persistent in getting an intern position during my summer at uni. I was fortunate enough to get offered a job when I graduated and the rest is hard work and passion for the brand and product.
UO: What’s the process between finding something that looks cool, to making something look rad that can go on our urban rails?
SK: I approach everything with an open mind and try to visualize how to make styles into unique pieces. We design the customized and remade range with inspiration taken from street style, emerging trends and lifestyle to ensure we create a directional collection for our customers.
UO: You get to the travel the world searching for vintage Urban threads, where’s been you favourite place to visit so far?
SK: Japan is very inspirational and I love the individualism.
UO: Where’s the most bizarre place you’ve been to search out some vintage garms?
SK: In a blistering warehouse in the middle of the desert in California.
UO: Have you ever found something so rare it’s almost priceless?
SK: Too many times! I found an amazing embroidered Guatemalan jacket handmade by a local group of village women but my favourite was a hand customized denim jacket by an American high school kid in the 1980s…it killed me to give it up! (That one below)
UO: So ugly it’s hilarious?
SK: If you are individual and style it right anything can look good!
UO: What advice would you give to all the aspiring vintage buyers out there?
SK: Work hard and gain experience. As a fashion buyer you live and breathe the product and absorb everything around you.
UO: Being a buyer you must have a wardrobe crammed full of awesome threads. Any vintage gems hiding in there?
SK: I need a bigger house! My favourite piece is a rare silk Japanese dragon souvenir reversible bomber from the 1950s.
Well thanks Sarah!
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