Latina-owned shop offers sustainable, unique fashion

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Latina-owned shop offers sustainable, unique fashion

Fluffy fake clouds and upside down roses hang in the window of the hot new vintage store Made in Heaven. Located on Spring Street, the shop is owned by downtown resident Natalie Sanchez who aims to make sustainable fashion affordable with one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage pieces.

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“Everything is realistically $50 and under,” Sanchez said. “Why would we make sustainability unaffordable? It just wouldn’t make sense.”

As a vintage seller, she said she’s fighting against fast fashion, which is inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers.

“We have these huge corporate companies that sell clothes where you wear the item once and then you have to throw it away, from Shein, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, I could go on. It’s just a waste of money. It’s a waste of resources. It takes over 200 years for clothing to decompose in a landfill. That releases toxic chemicals and dyes, and it’s just a whole cycle,” she said.

She first opened the store as Shop Thrifted in November and celebrated a rebrand this June with a fresh logo of a cherub resting on clouds. Made in Heaven is also the name of her original brand because she reworks much of the clothing in the store.

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