The Dust Factory vintage wholesale clothing denim jacket collection is one of a kind. The vintage jean jacket has always been a fashion luminary. Denim continues to attract a multitude of consumers from actors, to rockers, from hipsters to western wearers and from greasers to regular folks on the street. From its strong presence in the Italian military to its identity changing debut in 1950′s cinema, the Jean Jacket embodies the attitudes most people want to project; athlete, hipster, motorcycle rider, outdoorsman, rock star or the casual everyman.
With brands like Lee, Levi and Wrangler offered this line allows a perfect fit, style and wash for every individual from the past and present.
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Clothing swaps are a great way to attract the attention of all of your towns stylish scavengers plus get them to gather in one place. If you are looking for a way to increase your sales and start a word of mouth marketing campaign at the same time why not plan a used and vintage clothing exchange.
What you do is:
- first plan a date that will work
- set up place where people can bring in clothes and exchange out clothes.
You can have it either at your shop or you could hold the even somewhere else. There are benefits for having it at your shop, but it also takes a little more work making sure that your merchandise does not get mixed into the exchange. You see the basic premise is this.
Expect to plan a swapshop-style exchange with a unique collection of gently used, vintage & even some modern clothing, accessories & footwear.
Have everyone bring a bag and take a bag!
NOTE: The main focus is on women’s fashions, but men’s items should also be welcome (no kid’s clothing or toys).
Save-the-date & spread the word re: this eco-fab & economical event!
How the Clothing Exchange/Swap Works
Charge $6 for Advance/Early-Bird tickets + your swap loot (limited number avail.) & Charge $10 at the door
(+ a bag of gently used/vintage clothing)
Have everyone drop their clothing stash by a earlier date so that the items can be sorted.
Note: Tell those who contribute their loot in advance will be entered into a draw for a $50 store credit to get them motivated!
The following rules should be posted so that everyone is on the same page.
1. Participants are expected to contribute a minimum of 1 bag of decent cast-offs (8 to 10 items). Swap loot must be dropped off chosen date, in order to purchase a $6 advance ticket (vs. $10 at the door day-of).
2. No damaged or dirty items, only bring clean/decent quality clothing & accessories to the SWAP
3. Each participant can leave with 1 large tote or 2 grocery bags of wearables (a significant haul per person!). Bags will be provided.
1. All leftover items will be donated to chosen charity, which raises money for various social service programs.
2. A portion of the admission fee will benefit our chosen charity
Key Items to Swap:
- Tons of clothing, shoes, bags & accessories (incl. some vintage & maternity items)
- A table of fabric & craft supplies
- A few *new* indie designer gems hidden in the piles from our shop
What You Can Expect:
- clothing & accessories divided into categories (eg. tops, shoes, coats, etc.)
- a bit of chaos, but lots of fun too
- mirrors on-site, but no private change rooms, so please dress accordingly (wear leggings or layers)
DO BRING this kind of stuff:
~jackets ~ tops ~ sweaters ~ skirts ~ jeans ~ dresses ~ hats ~ scarves ~ bags ~ PJs ~ shoes & boots ~ belts ~ active wear ~ purses ~ pants
PLEASE DO NOT BRING:
~ home decor ~ books & mags ~ baby or kid stuff ~ furniture ~ toys
Plan for a good turn out. Get some snacks and even a few beverages for the event. Be sure to promote your shop and have fun!
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Article Originally Published At Born Activist.
For over 12 years now the skilled team of designers and buyers at Dust Factory Vintage Clothing Wholesale has been processing thousands of pounds of clothing a day in attempt to recycle the clothing before it hits the landfills. Each piece that can be used in a vintage retail outlet is sent their wholesale division, pieces that are damaged or stained are sent to the re-construction division and items that are modern or too contemporary for the vintage market are sent to charities.
“The formula took a while to put together, but after a few years of supplying retail stores it all started to come together.” said John Charles, one of the founding members of Dust Factory.
It all started out with a vintage clothing store for the creative team at Dust Factory. Nearly fifteen years ago they opened their first retail store in Dallas, Texas. After studying the market and coming up with a retail formula that worked almost right from the get go, the next obstacle that they had was finding enough product to meet their growing customer demand. At the time there was a small vintage clothing wholesale warehouse in Atlanta, Georgia that was supplying their own chain of retail stores along with a handful of other vintage clothing shops. With a keen understanding of trending products and passion for recycling, Dust Factory purchased the small wholesale vintage clothing company in Atlanta and began developing a plan to wholesale vintage clothing to the far reaches of the world.
“The move from vintage retail to vintage clothing wholesale wasn’t easy, hell, It still isn’t easy, you have so many factors that are uncontrollable that if you don’t have passion for what you are doing you might as well shut the doors and think of something else to do” said John Charles when asked if they were still as passionate about recycling clothing as when they started.
“The buyers and graders have their own set of obstacles, sometimes they can process a hundred pounds of t-shirts and they are lucky to use 60% of them, other times they process a thousand pounds and can only use 20%. There is no telling, it’s not like calling your manufacturer rep in China and saying, double the production on item blah blah blah… We have realy strict criteria that each piece needs to meet as far as quality and style before it makes our grade. Many of our accounts understand how the used clothing industry works and do very well with out vintage mixes, but the more you grow, the more accounts you open, the more accounts you open the more you open yourself up to buyers who have no clue what they are doing.”
Dust Factory produces quality wholesale vintage clothing grades for bulk buyers offering them the convenience of ordering vintage products similar to that of a contemporary brand. Over the years Dust Factory has perfected buying options making it easy for buyers to cater orders to meet their specific needs. As the company continues to grow and takes on new accounts in different markets they often expose themselves to some buyers that attempt to take advantage of their company and service.
“Every brand and company for that matter has to deal with these type of customers,” said Sandy Johnson, one of the International sales rep’s with over 15 years experience in the fashion industry “Imagine selling products sight unseen, you know that the grades are great, your existing customers know that the grades are great but Suzy Q. over here that has no idea how the industry or marketing works thought that she should get a whole batch of 1970’s ACDC and Led Zepplin concert tee’s, I wish it was that easy. If a vintage item sell’s for over $100 on ebay it is most likely rare, when we get them they go straight to our mixes, but we don’t get them in all the time…nor should we if it is rare. Suzy Q. probably needs to call a target vendor not a vintage wholesaler. What is interesting about Dust Factory is they don’t advertise these items nor did they develop a business around the them. They knew that there was larger market for the urban vintage style as opposed to the trendy this opened the door to ‘save more clothing‘ as JC puts it, something they learned in their retail days. When it comes to selling vintage clothing wholesale, what might be common sense to some buyers was a get rich quick scam gone bad for another. This makes all the time recycling, grading, cleaning, repairing, sizing, itemizing, shipping and consulting a lot of work for each piece, much much more work than a $1.00 t-shirt with a logo on it made at sweat shop in South America, without a passion for what we are doing none of us would be here.”
Never before has such a passionate and eco-conscience team of designers and buyers worked together with the same goal in mind to educate people about recycling clothing and provide a way for people to open a sustainable business in their communities. If you would like to find out more about wholesale vintage clothing check out Dust Factory Vintage.
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Market Publique Lookbook Gives Vintage Fashion a Modern Spin (Photos)
We like to feature some of our favorite websites, photographers, bloggers and others that are as crazy about vintage as we are. When it comes to Vintage Fashion, style and photography we think that Market Publique is doing a great job leading the pack. Thier online website features a great photography collection of carefully put together vintage outfits in their online lookbook. Take a look at these, they are not just hard to fing rare vintage items, but your every day cool vintage fashion.
Founded by Pamela Castillo, Market Publique brings together a community of buyers and sellers to champion vintage fashion. When it comes to shopping online, photographs mean everything and they do it better than well; their look books breath life–and style–into older clothing, giving them a modern spin
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Vintage High Waisted Denim Jean Shorts have been rather common among some of the more hipster crowds over the past few seasons. As with everything in the fashion conundrum, these same shorts are starting to make big comeback among some of the more trendy shoppers.
Some of us feel that it is about time, the low-cut look for jeans on women has pretty much run it’s course, and rightfully so. This year everyone from department stores to pseudo cool hipster shops like Urban Outfitters will be carrying a collection of different versions of these high waisted denim shorts for their female clientele. Many of the brand designers for these shorts have gone to the racks of vintage clothing stores for inspiration on how to make the perfect pair. The perfect pair to them is a design that will look and feel exactly like an old pair of vintage jeans.
The thing to remember is that you do not have to run to your local department store to purchase a great pair of vintage jean shorts, all that you have to do is visit your closet or local vintage store. Find a pair of vintage jeans that looks good on you, then take them home and cut them to fit. It is that easy.