Get the Look for Less: Buffalo Exchange

by Shayna Boimov

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After making a monthly (okay, maybe weekly) stop at Buffalo Exchange, because thrift shopping is good for the soul and not too damaging to my wallet, I had a conversation with one of the cashiers after purchasing a Lucky Brand Black Label jacket for $28 which I considered a steal. There are always those few amazing items to be found in thrift stores that take patience and open-mindedness to spot. Also, I really needed some retail therapy.

After spending about $50 on two items that I’ve been dying to get (a lucky brand jacket and a suede dress), the cashier told me he is obsessed with Lucky Brand Black Label, and I agreed, although I’m a fan of Lucky Brand everything… especially their boots. He told me how he loves the little details that they put into their designs. Again, I agreed. Then, later on I went to a coffee shop to sit down and get some writing done. I ended up reading more into Black Label and appreciating it more than I did before, which I didn’t think was even possible but I guess that’s what true love feels like, huh?

The really cool thing about Lucky Brand Black Label is that they find inspiration through old movies, artists, etc. which inspires the little details that the cashier and I both love so very much. Some people that have inspired their designs are Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan (my mom loves him and she’s my best friend so it’s only right that I love fashion inspired by him), Marlon Brando (*melts a little*), and many more. They also use heritage military attire for inspiration and sometimes they sneak in little bits of camouflage lining into their designs. I think it takes a real private detective and a fashion infatuate to notice how absolutely wonderful Black Label truly is, beyond the simple fact that it’s definitely stylish. From the leather jackets, to the black denim shirts, it’s a go-to for the secret punk rocker inside all of us.