Blog: Crossroads Style

December 1, 2022 Black Owned Clothing Lines to Shop

If you follow our Instagram feed (and we sure hope you do!), you know that we share Black owned clothing lines there weekly. If you missed them in November, we have them all here to share in one place. With the holidays approaching, it’s a perfect time to consider shopping from these brands.

Atijo

@atijostore focuses its shopping collection on curated vintage, secondhand clothing and objects, and artisan products. Those are some of our very favorite things! Visit their online shop to see the latest.

photo of clothing from @atijostore

Sindiso Khumalo

@sindisokhumalo is the eponymous designer label that’s dedicated to creating contemporary sustainable textiles that showcase the beauty of African storytelling. Check out their IG feed to see their gorgeous interpretations, or find them online in your favorite shop!

photo of clothing from @sindisokhumalo

Seta the Label

A popular favorite, @setathelabel is made in Lagos and creates looks that “aim to satisfy the modern woman by creating effortless, simple, yet trendy styles.” See their entire line on the brand’s website.

photo of clothing from @setathelabel

CLAN

Since 2011, @clanrtw has been directed by 3 sisters and offers a premium ready-to-wear clothing line. They specialize in blending minimalist needle crafting with cosmopolitan designs. Shop the entire line on their website.

photo of clothing from @clanrtw

These brand picks are only a few of the Black owned clothing lines we’ve shared on our Instagram feed. Join us there to see even more. You can also join us on our website next month when we’ll feature our December selections!

October 25, 2022 by Gina Nowicki What is Homestead Fashion?

Homestead fashion is a trend you’ve likely heard of recently, even if you haven’t come across it yet in our seasonal selling guide. It’s one of the fashion trends we’re spotlighting this fall.

So what is homestead fashion? It’s essentially prairie fashion, a nod to the past and a pre-modern lifestyle. The style is popular with those living a purposefully slower life, usually on a farm or in nature, and practicing homesteading (think cabins, food gardening, and cooking from scratch).

The clothing is popular with all kinds of people though, and the style is most distinguishable by its prairie prints, flowing dresses, and aprons, usually in natural fibers like linen and wool. However, you’ll find the trend also covers a wider range of fashion pieces like rugged boots, wide-brim hats, overalls, and blanket sweaters.

Keep scrolling for homestead fashion inspiration, and then stop into any of our stores to see if you can put together your own look.  If you do, please tag us on Instagram – we may share it on our brand feed!

photo of person wearing homestead fashion

photo of person wearing homestead fashion

photo of person wearing homestead fashion

photo of person wearing homestead fashion

photo of person wearing homestead fashion

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If you stop in, don’t forget to bring your pre-loved clothes to sell. We’re still buying for fall!

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October 20, 2022 by Gina Nowicki How to Sell Vintage Clothing

It’s now as easy to sell vintage clothing as it is to sell contemporary clothing, as this category of clothing is more popular than ever.

In the past, if you were looking to sell vintage clothing, you had to look for specialty shops that focused specifically on that fashion genre, or set up an online shop yourself.

However, fashion resale shops like Crossroads now dedicate a part of their inventory to vintage clothing, so your option to sell in-store has never been easier. Just follow these 3 steps to increase your odds of selling success.

1. Look for Fashion Resale Shops with Vintage Racks

This is the fun part. Check out your local resale stores to get a feel for what they buy. In particular, look for vintage pieces either mixed into racks or placed on dedicated category racks. In the case of Crossroads, we look for any style of vintage clothing as long as it’s fashion-forward and in great condition.

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2. Properly Prep Clothes to Sell

A resale buyer has only minutes to evaluate each piece of clothing you want to sell, so it’s incredibly important that you give vintage clothing the ability to really shine.

Check for Damages and Stains

A vintage concert tee may still be sellable with tiny tears or holes, but no item will pass inspection if it’s stained. Check for stains in spots you might otherwise overlook, like under shirt collars, inside hats, in the underarm areas, and inside of pants.

Wash and Fold Neatly

Clean your items in advance so they smell and look their best. Use a sweater comb to clean up pilly sweaters, and iron the item if it makes it more presentable. The buyer wants pieces that will look amazing on the rack! Finally, fold each item neatly before placing it in your selling bag. This is a time when first impressions really count.

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3. Sell to Crossroads

Find your nearest Crossroads location and sign in at the selling counter. No appointment is necessary, and you can shop the store and find yourself new vintage pieces to purchase with the cash or store credit you receive from selling.

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These 3 tips alone will significantly increase your chance of selling your vintage clothing. Go ahead and get started!

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September 1, 2022 Black-Owned Women’s Fashion Brands

If you join us frequently on our Instagram feed, you know we share Black-owned women’s and men’s fashion brands weekly. Don’t worry if you missed any in August, because we’ve included them all here for you.

Alyda

Alyda is a brand specifically for petite shoppers under 5’4”. They create classic styles in this specific size and fit, and the pieces are ethically made too! Visit their online shop to shop the entire line.

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Sante + Wade

Shoe designer, @santewade, offers high-quality shoes for “women who walk the fine line between rebellion and convention”. Shoes are made in Portugal, and you’ll find hints of ‘80s inspiration, like their popular Coco boots. Check out their website to see more.

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April & Alex

@aprilalexshop is known for its edgy and offbeat styles made from reclaimed fabrics. Made in London, you’ll catch subtle hints of the local flair in all their pieces. Take a look at their entire line on the brand’s website.

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Chaos

Chaos is a fashion brand working in partnership with Saheli Women, an NGO community of female artisans. Pieces are designed in England and crafted to perfection in India. Shop the entire line on their website.

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These 4 brand picks are only a few of the Black-owned women’s fashion brands we’ve featured on our Instagram feed. Join us there to see even more. You can also join us again on our website next month when we’ll feature our September selections!

August 4, 2022 Black-Owned Clothing Brands to Shop

If you spend time with us on our Instagram feed, you’ll see we share Black-owned clothing brands each week. Don’t worry if you missed any in July, because they’re all here!

A.Au

@shopa.au dresses are quite frankly the epitome of glamour. Scroll their feed and be in awe of the beautiful cuts, luxurious fabrics, and flowy sleeves. Soft, classic colors only add to the line’s appeal. Visit the online shop to see for yourself here.

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Sika Designs

Scroll through the IG feed of @sikadesigns, and you’ll want one of everything. The brand’s dresses are both summer-ready and so, so sophisticated. Throw their gorgeous prints and fabrics into the mix, and you’ll stand out in every single one of their pieces. Shop the site here.

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Muehleder

The spotlight shines bright on @muehlederlabel. The brand creates magic with neoprene. Yes, neoprene! The fabric is crafted into almost-sculptural pieces, and the rich colors they choose add even more depth. There are swimwear options too, right alongside dresses and tops. See them all on the brand’s website here.

photo of person in neoprene outfit

Milano di Rouge

@milanodirouge creates luxury streetwear –one of our favorite fashion categories! Marble-print jumpsuits and denim crop jackets are just a few of their stand-out pieces. Visit the shop to see exactly what we mean. Shop the entire line here.

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Salone Monet

Black-owned label @salonemonet is on a mission to bring color-inclusive nude shoes to the market. Their shoe line-up is now on the shelves of some of the biggest department stores and has even been seen on celebrities. There is a range of hues to choose from, so visit their shop to see if they have the perfect match for you. See it here.

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These 5 picks are only a few of the Black-owned clothing brands we’ve featured on our Instagram feed. Jump over there to see even more. You can also join us back here on our website next month when we’ll feature our August picks!

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