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Vintage clothes for rich and poor
by Nneka Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
June 06, 2012 11:51 AM | 2014 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Joe Livingston <br>
Poor Little Rich Girls owners from left, Wintter Alex and Mia Moto inside their downtown shop.
Staff / Joe Livingston
Poor Little Rich Girls owners from left, Wintter Alex and Mia Moto inside their downtown shop.
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Poor Little Rich Girl, a cozy nook of fashion in College Park, is not your average vintage shop.

An eclectic décor greets each person once they walk in, including a gold, spraypainted bike suspending from the ceiling and a massive collage of clippings from fashion magazines plastered on the left wall.

For owners, Mia Moto and Wintter Alex, this makes perfect sense as a means of expression. After all, fashion is a way of life for both.

“I’ve always wanted a vintage shop,” said Alex. “I met [Mia] when I moved down from North Carolina. We were both working in high-end boutiques and really into vintage.”

Alex and Moto formed a fast friendship over their common bond and decided to go in the direction of a business partnership. That was in 2007.

Today, five years later, the shop is still thriving and growing, in an area that most would deem an unlikely location for a shop of its kind.

“It’s off the beaten path,” said Alex. “It still has enough traffic that we can sustain a successful business, but it is up and coming. We are growing with the community and that is awesome.”

Inventory in the shop does not just fall within one category. There is clothing for both men and women, along with handbags, jewelry, cufflinks and luggage.

Alex and Moto get their pieces from various sources — estate sales, private dealers, in bulk. Even still, each item received has to be sifted through to determine if it fits the Poor Little Rich Girl mold.

“We are inspired by many things and are definitely inspired by the art world,” said Moto. “Andy Warhol had a muse that he called his poor little rich girl.” The woman he was referring to was Eddie Sedgwick who frequented thrift stores, vintage shops and flea markets for her wardrobe and made a statement with each thing she wore.

This is the epitome of the co-owners vision.

“[That style] is effortless,” said Moto.
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