Jen Martin, a pattern making and costume design student, enjoys finding and preserving the legacy of vintage garments. She loves sharing her unique and unusual finds with Etsy customers via Aquanetta Vintage. Even though Jen considers herself to be fairly shy, she feels design and vintage clothing are the perfect ice breakers and conversation starters!
1. How did you get into vintage?
When I was a kid, I really enjoyed how characters were dressed in old movies and reruns of 1960s TV shows, like Green Acres and Get Smart. This would lead to my extreme dedication to themed dress up days in elementary school such as Hippie Day, Sock Hop Day and Halloween. I was way too into it and even roped my grandma into styling me in her old clothes and jewelry.
2. What is your favourite vintage item and how did you acquire it?
A close friend of mine recently told me that my relationship with clothing is very visceral. Every garment in my closet and piece in my jewelry box reminds me of a person in my life or experience I’ve had. My favorite pieces are the ones my husband has found for me. He and I love loud creepy, funny, dreamlike vintage prints and mashing them all together in one outfit.
3. How did you come by the shop name? And is there a meaning to it?
A bunch of hair dresser friends of mine would joke around about girls who wore too much hairspray and would call them, “Aquanettas”. I thought it was pretty funny, so I chose it. Had I known it would turn into a mini business, I would have thought about it a little longer and picked a classier name. lol
4. Your shop has a very distinct atmosphere and presentation. How do you go about creating that environment for your customers?
To set up for photos, I push the bedroom furniture out of the way and screw in color corrected light bulbs into the ceiling fan. I like to use music to create an upbeat and fun environment while taking pictures. Hopefully that enthusiasm about design and vintage translates into the overall feel of Aquanetta Vintage. My current photo playlist set includes: Buraka Som Sistema, Talking Heads, La Lupe and compilations like Sofrito Tropical and Bersa Discos.
5. What is it about Etsy?
Etsy is a great place for like-minded individuals to find unique everything. It’s for those of us who dread going to the mall and only go when forced to use up a gift card. I am amazed by the intricate pieces people from all over the world create and sell, all contained in one place! This massive online community has helped me realize that I can do what I enjoy, all the while helping people find one of a kind pieces that speak to them, too.
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