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Meet Rae Finn of Hogwash ‘n Rhinestones in Metrowest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rae Finn.

Rae, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up with a big ol’ barn in my backyard full of my Dad’s curbside gold…..if it was on the side of the road, we claimed it because Dad always said we may need it someday. This barn contained some of the coolest vintage finds and I enjoyed spending hours in there sifting through the chaos and finding items I could possibly re-purpose.

My loving vintage soul carried through to my adult hood and expanded into clothing and accessories. I had a love for old t-shirts, anything denim and cowboy boots…so I began designing my own t-shirts with a friend. We started collecting vintage cowboy boots and gathering Levi’s and making a plan on how to start to sell our goods.

We also needed a brand name, something that would reflect our laid back lifestyle, our love for old school country music and all things rusty….BOOM…..HOGWASH ‘n RHINESTONES was born. You really can take any kind of hogwash and dress it up with a few rhinestones!

Over the past 2 years, Hogwash has expanded far beyond t-shirts and boots, we now carry an up cycled line we call Salvaged Seams. This “boho, hippie” line consists of all one of a kind pieces. A combination of old clothes, fabric scraps, table clothes, embroidery floss, etc……I get excited mixing it all up and creating pieces that speak loudly and stand out…our customers get excited too!!

Has it been a smooth road?
The Hogwash path hasn’t always been clear of construction. I am a single mom of 3 children so there was the reality that I needed to have a steady income to support them. It wasn’t only the income, they needed my full attention also so Hogwash always sat on the back burner. Although any chance I got to do a home trunk show at night I would while working full time during the day.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Hogwash ‘n Rhinestones story. Tell us more about the business.
Hogwash n Rhinestones is a lifestyle brand that reflects my passion for funky fashion. I love creating one of a kind pieces that showcase my style as well as the customer’s style. Creativity has to take place in my life, it’s a part of me that needs an outlet…the clothes are my outlet, my statements.

We bought a 1975 Vintage Kingston Trailer and converted to a traveling shop…this has been a blast. We now are in the market for a bus to convert to a traveling shop as well!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We will continue to do the Salvaged Seams up cycled line and really focus on the need society has to recycle textiles so we are not overflowing landfills. I feel this concept of recreating closet content and creating unique sustainable style will continue to grow with more awareness of the waste problem we suffer from when it comes to clothing in landfills. I do envision a brick and mortar shop where the customer can come in with their own bag of clothes and sit down at a sewing machine, deconstruct their clothing and get creative!

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