By Selling Vintage Clothing, Women’s Boutique in West Chester Saves Tons from Landfills

Image via Malena's Vintage Boutique.

Malena Martinez, the owner of Malena’s Vintage Boutique in West Chester, started collecting vintage items when she was 12, writes Madison Duddy for Main Line Today.

Her love for vintage clothing led her to join a school for clothing design and begin working at vintage stores. She opened her West Chester store around a month after her 23rd birthday, once again sticking to vintage items.

“They’re one-of-a-kind pieces, so you’re really able to showcase your individual style,” said Martinez. “Then, there’s also the sustainability factor. We created a formula to see how much the store has saved from landfills by selling vintage, and we’ve hit over 37 tons.”

Her favorite designers for buying vintage are Gucci, Pucci, and Missoni. She also likes to treat herself to the occasional Gucci bag.

“My favorite one is from the 1960s,” she said. “It’s a suede fox purse with red and green ribbon down the front and a natural bamboo handle.”

Her personal everyday look consists of a “long 1970s dress with a denim jacket and a bold necklace.”

For nightly outings, she prefers a shorter dress accentuated by tall boots and a cool scarf.

Read more about Malena’s Vintage Boutique in Main Line Today here.

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