December 5, 2023


Shopping, Clothing & Fashion

New Ravenswood Garments Store Started off By Two Friends With A Passion For Vivid Classic Model

RAVENSWOOD — The entrepreneurs of a vintage clothing shop opening in Ravenswood this month expended many years marketing their wares at markets through the city before launching a brick-and-mortar company.

Her & Ziba’s, 4919 N. Damen Ave., carries a selection of colourful garments and components from among the 1960s and 1990s. The keep opened past thirty day period.

Proprietors Elhom Karbassi and Leslie Castromayor stated they are fond of the dazzling shades and patterns from all those decades, and like to assistance consumers work daring things into their outfits to enable them examine and develop their own design and style in a pleasurable way.

“We can assist them determine out what garments makes them experience good,” Karbassi said. “Clothing has been gendered for so prolonged, but dresses does not have a gender and it should seriously be whatever would make you experience very good.”

Karbassi earlier worked in the nonprofit environment but located she had more of a passion for serving to men and women locate classic outfits and started off to provide clothes on the side. Karbassi still left her nonprofit occupation in 2020 to concentration whole time on marketing vintage clothing at regional markets, she claimed. 

That is how she met and befriended Castromayor, who had also been offering vintage clothing for a handful of several years, Karbassi mentioned. Karbassi is Iranian-American and Ziba is Filipino-American.

“We promptly bonded on how vintage outfits is nonetheless extremely significantly a white space, primarily in Chicago. It is nevertheless a ton of white people, which is great,” Karbassi explained. “But becoming two 1st-era Brown ladies, it felt genuinely good for us to locate every other and for us to relate on the gatekeeping we truly feel in some cases takes place. ”

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Some of the objects for sale at Her & Ziba, 4919 N. Damen Ave.

The buddies started out the process of opening their shop in excess of the summer season with the target of building a welcoming place for fans of vintage outfits like by themselves.

For the duration of their sector times, Castromayor sold clothing underneath the name Hardly ever Read of Her Classic and Karbassi marketed underneath the title Ziba Finds. 

Combining their former names into Her & Ziba was the best blend for their new business, Karbassi said.

“Ziba indicates ‘beautiful’ in Farsi so my previous identify was Gorgeous Finds and maintaining that was important for me,” Karbassi mentioned. “And we experienced a seriously dope artists make our new branding and brand.”

A grand opening celebration is established for 11 a.m. March 12, featuring a confined offer of branded tote luggage and other products. For extra information stop by the shop’s Instagram.

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