Christian Brothers has a lot to offer each individual student. But what makes one student different from the outsiders is how she makes her dreams into reality — one stitch at a time. Vanessa Avila (’18) has expressed her fashion ideas ever since she was a little girl. “I loved shopping and I would […]
Christian Brothers has a lot to offer each individual student. But what makes one student different from the outsiders is how she makes her dreams into reality — one stitch at a time.
Vanessa Avila (’18) has expressed her fashion ideas ever since she was a little girl.
“I loved shopping and I would always be in my room… putting random outfits together like I had somewhere to be,” she stated.
Vanessa got inspired by Sophia Amoruso, the owner of clothing brand Nasty Gal. At the age of 23, Sophia decided to start her business Nasty Gal on eBay. She sold used and thrifted styles she hand picked from local thrift stores in the New York area. Like Sophia, Vanessa decided she needed a platform to sell her clothes.
Vanessa is able to share her brand “Venus by Vanessa” using the app/website Depop. This easily accessible app can be downloaded onto any device. Using Depop, Vanessa is able to upload pictures and sell her own items straight from the app. It is an easy way to buy trends on the go.
Vanessa handpicks all of the items she sells. From retro to glam, her style is one to look out for. Venus by Vanessa can be all over the spectrum, just as Vanessa likes it. It shows her personal style that can’t be particularly described — one day can be rock n’ roll, the next can be girly with the help of floral patterns and denim. As Vanessa explains, rules don’t apply in fashion.
“I don’t really stick to one style to be honest, it is just whatever I am feeling that day. Then I will be able to wear whatever I want.”
Camilla Patterson(’18) has shopped on Depop and loves what Vanessa has to sell.
“The clothing is not overpriced and in good quality. If you want original items go check out Venus by Vanessa.”
As Vanessa has created a brand for herself, she still hopes to work in the fashion industry. For the past two years she has worked for Nordstrom and has been part of Nordstrom’s Fashion Ambassador program, which helps young men and women gain experience in the work force. This internship provides access to jobs in the fields of sales, marketing, social media content, and many more. Monthly meetings help create friendships and connections with people within the same industry.
Finding one’s personal style and incorporating that within the dress code can be challenging, but Vanessa has some simple tips and tricks.
“Find the loopholes within the dress code,” she says. “Spice up the uniforms with cool pants and patterns and always accessorize with funky socks and cute earrings.”
By adding your own flare, you can really help liven up the dress code but keep you on the good side of the deans.
Venus by Vanessa is simply affordable for any student. “I like a good deal so I like to offer the same for others.” To find Vanessa just download Depop on your smartphone and search Venus by Vanessa. Also follow her Instagram to see what will be uploaded next.