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Meet Kate Marx and Hthaiwon Layne of Recollective Vintage in Kenmore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Marx and Hthaiwon Layne.

Kate, Hthaiwon, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Both of us have had a long love of collecting vintage and upon meeting each other we decided to pair up and started Swift and Fair Vintage. After a successful 6 years of selling at different pop-up events and markets, such as SOWA, Brimfield, The Manhattan Vintage Show – as well as becoming a permanent vendor at the Vault Collective in Providence, RI – we decided it was time to open our own brick and mortar. Recollective Vintage was established and open its doors April 29, 2017. We carry a great mix of men and women’s vintage wear and accessories. We currently have 8 individual vendors in the space who all bring different aesthetics with their merchandise, which keeps the selection fresh and always changing.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are always bumps in the road when opening a business. We took our time in seeking out an area that would not only be a great location for our customer demographic, but also had to consider Boston’s steep rental prices. After a long search, we landed in the Kenmore/Fenway area and absolutely love the vibe here.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Recollective Vintage – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Recollective Vintage sets itself apart in the sense that we are a true vintage clothing store. We are not a consignment or thrift store. All of our merchandise has been carefully selected and curated by our vendors. You never know what you may discover going through the racks – whether it’s a wiggle dress from the 1960s or street wear from early 1990s. We take pride in offering really great pieces that have and will continue to stand the test of time. Fashion is our passion.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We like things that have a history and Boston definitely has a lot of that! Back in the day, Boston was loaded with small music venues which catered to the abundant vintage clothing shops that once peppered our city. As time went by and the independent music venues closed up, so did the vintage shops. We are committed to bringing vintage clothing back to Boston and revitalizing the endless possibilities in wearing repurposed and up-cycled fashion.

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