Alix started buying used items and reselling them online as an after-school job in high school. Over time, she learned a lot about the fashion industry and founded “Apocalypse Vintage” in Portland, Oregon, two years ago. She began selling vintage clothing online and to local thrift stores and eventually employed a staff of seven people. For Alix, her company and vintage clothing represent a way for people to express their unique style and have a positive body image.
When the economy slowed down last year, Alix made the decision to downsize and move her business down to San Francisco, to take advantage of the more vibrant fashion industry in the Bay Area. With a $10,000 loan from Opportunity Fund, she recently signed a lease for a 9,000 square foot warehouse that will not only house her clothing inventory but also have space for fashion shows and photo shoots.
In the future, Alix hopes to sub-lease warehouse space out to other artists and develop a print production company. Asked where her business would be without Opportunity Fund, Alix is honest “I don’t know, but I think I would have had to grow much slower and put my dreams on hold.”
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