My twin passions are politics and vintage clothing.
Started as a buyer for a Chicago based clothing store and built a clientele selling and styling the nonbinary community of New Town Chicago.
Discovered my love of politics at age 9 when I ran my first successful election (for class Treasurer) and managed and won my first city-wide campaign when I was 21.
In between I mucked around doing a bunch of things the parents thought more "practical" like as an Accounting Supervisor and an HR Specialist for a Fortune 500 Company.
Decided to go back to college and get a degree. (I know, ass-backwards, right?). Always thrifting and sourcing and wearing vintage.
Found my destiny in politics at age 28 then worked 15 years on the Hill and another 25 years as owner of my own political Consulting firm all the while continuing to collect and wear EVEN MORE vintage clothes.
Politics is so tough these days that I needed to look elsewhere to find some joy and decided to do something fun--and Lipstick Girl Vintage was born. Stay tuned for Fashion Bizarre.
Come along on my journey to see if a long time political hack can make the transition to vintage stylist and entrepreneur. My inventory is vast. Most of it is NOT on line so I welcome inquiries for specific things.
I’ve always, always focussed on making vintage accessible to the nonbinary community. And now, I am also totally driven when it comes to sourcing vintage for real human sized bodies.
Our clothes have been featured on the TV show "Pose", in theater companies across the US (including the NYC theater scene) scooped up by super high end vintage shops like What Goes Around Comes Around and our garments are in the hands of major stylists for movies and other television shows and most recently Saturday Night Live.
I do a ton of personal styling and sourcing for specific clients and events. Our warehouse is jam-packed with gorgeous, even museum quality, pieces that we can show to interested buyers privately.
So follow Lipstick Girl for fantastic clothes and advance notice of sales. Follow the work of our incredible Social Media Developer and Stylist, Mary Victoria, AND all the other wonderful people who help make this all happen!! Bonus: if you’ve read this far, take 15% off your first purchase using code: THOROUGHREADER2019
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