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In Throwback Thursday, we're asking our friends in the fashion industry to tell us about the one piece of clothing they could never throw out—prom dresses, first date outfits, and clothes from the '90s are all fair game.
Photo courtesy of Claire Mazur
Claire Mazur has had an eye for unique finds way before creating Of a Kind—which came in handy when she and business partner-to-be Erica Cerulo trolled boutiques during college at The University of Chicago. Read on to hear about one of her favorite finds from back in the day (and don't forget to check out the Of a Kind in-person sale, going on right now!)
"What you see here is a wrap skirt made entirely of vintage men's ties. Yep, even the waistband. The only thing on the skirt that is not a men's tie is a sparkly vintage brooch that was used to fasten it. I remember it was actually really beautifully constructed.
"It came into my life because my now-business partner Erica and I used to spend our weekends in college scouring boutiques on the north side of Chicago for unique items and unknown designers...I remember finding this, and it was really expensive, but Erica was like, 'That is amazing. You have to get it.'
"And I loved wearing it—it felt so indicative of what I wanted my style to be at that time. I mean, as awful as I now realize it is, it also represents a memory that is so significant to me because it's that same friendship and love of discovery and design—and, okay, shopping—that led to the creation of Of a Kind."—reporting by Paula Ya-Jen Ho