Not everyone enjoys shopping for clothes. Between figuring out which styles work best for your body and then actually being able to find them on the rack, the whole process can be exercise in patience. Fortunately, that isn’t the case for Talia Brown. She loves to shopping so much that she’s made a career out of doing just that.
As a personal stylist, Brown’s job is to curate outfits that will not only convey a particular look or mood, but will also look great on her clients. When she can’t find the pieces she imagines in her mind, she needs to find a creative way to bring her visions to life.
“As a stylist, we can’t always find the pieces we’re looking for, so sometimes, upcycling is the only option you have,” she says. That’s when she turns to second-hand shops like Value Village in search of hidden treasures she can change or modify in order to achieve that perfect look. She’s learned that with the right base garment and a little creativity, she can easily transform a used item into something totally new.
“You just know if you add a little bit of love, you can create whatever magical piece you want,” says Brown. “That’s the art of upcycling.”