Friday, 16 January 2015

What the Funk is Funk Trunk Vintage you might ask? Well let me tell you all about the business and the girl behind it...



Funk Trunk Vintage is an online vintage boutique, that sells retro and vibrant vintage clothing and accessories, for men and women. Focusing on the weird and the wonderful past eras from the late 50’s to the early 90’s. Funk Trunk Vintage provides beautiful, good quality and wearable vintage clothing, in all sizes at affordable prices that I think you will love. We are a Princes Trust backed business aswell, but I will get on to that later! 

Funk Trunk Vintage is all about having fun with fashion, daring to be different and to wear what makes you feel great! Getting dressed in the morning should be fun and you should be excited to wear your clothes, and thats the Funk Trunk initiative! Who cares if you turn some heads, if you stick with Funk Trunk, they will be looking at you for all the right reasons. 

My name is Mary J Lush and I am the founder of Funk Trunk Vintage. However this time last year, Funk Trunk was just a very far away dream. I have always admired past era's since I was younger, with all the bright colours and funky clothes. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I discovered I could wear vintage and get away with it! Vintage became a path to freedom for me and my wardrobe.

After graduating Manchester Metropolitan University studying Fashion Buying, I also ran a business in third year for my dissertation with two of my friends. I fell in love with the creative freedom and the idea of my own business then. So after that I had a few boring jobs here and there, but not where I wanted to be. Luckily I got a visual merchandising job at COW Vintage in Birmingham and thats where and how I decided that I just needed to go for it! I realised I wanted and needed to be surrounded by sequins, velvet and shoulder pads as a career!

I then found the Princes Trust, they are such an amazing organisation and have been unbelievably supportive, I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them. They made me believe that my dream of running my own vintage business could become a reality. The whole Princes Trust experience was great, we had to do a 4 day course, a lengthy business plan and then ending with a launch panel in front of 3 members from the Princes trust, I luckily got through and got given the funding! It was the best day of my life, even though it was the most intense and nerve racking thing I have ever had to do! It was all so worth it though, I learnt and grew as a business woman and built my confidence to make Funk Trunk a successful online vintage boutique.

Funk Trunk Vintage stocks clothes for men and women in ALL SIZES, so it doesn't matter what shape or size you are, there will be something for everyone! I hate it when you go shopping online, or in to shop and there are only the really small sizes left, so I think its time for a change! 

Before I wore vintage and being a big girl I could never find any cool clothes like my friends were wearing, and shop at the normal high street retailers. So when one of my close friends started working at now one of my favourite vintage shops, he showed me loads of the most amazing clothes and with the tricks of oversized shirts and dresses that fit me in all the right places I fell in love right there and then with the whole concept of wearing vintage. I felt and looked great and never turned back! Even though I have lost weight since then and can now shop at high street retailers, I chose not to, because at the end of the day, who wants to be wearing something that everyone else is wearing? You need to be loud and proud of what your wearing! So I am very happy and proud to say we stock for the small and the tall, the curvy and lean, so get involved in the Funk Life with Funk Trunk Vintage, you wont regret it.

I have chosen all the garments very carefully with the customer in mind, inspected for flaws, cleaned and steamed. I have made some alterations and adjustments if they have been needed. So when you get your Funk Trunk parcel, you will be full of excitement and not disappointment. 

This is the first of many blogs to come, the launch date for the website is to be confirmed but will be in the next few weeks! Keep an eye on all Funk Trunk Vintage's social media pages like; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and of course on here to get all the up to date action, on what happening at Funk Trunk HQ and when it all goes LIVE!!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my journey and about my business so far! I am so excited for it all to be happening, got lots of ideas and exciting stuff planned for all you Funk Trunk followers!

 Love Mary J x

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