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Meet Caleb & Cortney Fangman of Daisy Lee Vintage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleb & Cortney Fangman.

Hi Caleb & Cortney, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Caleb and I (Cortney) started dating in 2010 after being visual merchandisers together at Forever 21! A lot of our dates consisted of rummaging through thrift stores and trying to find fun pieces for ourselves to wear. Caleb had previously owned a vintage renewal and fashion line called Nathaniel Renewal. His passion for sewing and recreating used pieces inspired me more and more each time we would buy. After we married in 2012, we thought it would be fun to start a project of our own called Village Collection! In 2013 we launched our online vintage shop via Etsy and did First Friday and other pop-ups around town! As the hobby grew more into a secondary income, we decided to open our Crossroads storefront in November of 2017 and then opened our Oak Park Mall location in November of 2019! During quarantine, we decided we were ready for a change and rebranded ourselves as Daisy Lee Vintage. Since the pandemic last year we have reopened both of our locations and have been able to employ six people and have started carrying other local vintage sellers and makers; Aia Jai Vintage, Love From 69, Whiskey & Bone and Tweed’s Closet.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think all great stories have obstacles. Our-little-shop-that-could has had many! In the spring of 2019, the Crossroads shop had to close down its doors so the entire building could be remodeled. While our store was being remodeled, our friends at Fetch let us sell our clothing inside their shop in the West Bottoms. (side note: You should definitely check them out!) Then shortly after, we decided to risk it all and sell vintage clothing in the Oak Park Mall for the holiday season. We had no idea how vintage clothing would do inside a mall setting; luckily we did amazing and signed a year lease for 2020. Little did we know what was coming, three months later we had to shut our doors due to the pandemic. In April of 2020, we launched Daisy Lee Vintage’s first website, daisyleevintage.com. Thanks to our Instagram following and loyal customers, the website took off and really supplemented our income during a time we were scared and had no way of knowing what to expect in the future. The mall opened its doors back in May and then in June, we got our keys back to the remodeled Crossroads space. Everything felt like it happened so fast; name change, mall reopening, learning to navigate retail in covid and re-opening our Crossroads store! To say we were nervous would be an understatement but if we learned anything during our time owning a small business in KC, it’s that people here love to support small businesses. Now we have two beautiful successful shops in this metro area and we can honestly say it’s because of the kindness of this city.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Daisy Lee Vintage?
We’re a vintage clothing store that specializes in 60s, 70s, 90s and Y2K fashion. We think what sets us apart from others has always been the fact that we rework pieces to make them more modern and wearable for everyday wear. Although we do have those fun rare pieces for Funky Town, our main goal is for people to wear secondhand fashion everyday of their lives. We thoughtfully curate our shops and don’t just pick up anything that’s old! We know and love our customers and shop for what they like! We’re most proud of the environmental impact we have. The fashion industry is the second most wasteful industry and we hope by giving used clothing a second life that we can impact the carbon footprint in a good way. We pride ourselves on being sustainable! We want everyone to know that they can expect to find something no matter their gender or size! Our clothes are for everyone. Each shop has different pieces so you can expect to find something unique at either one. We add new pieces in weekly and we recently launched a rewards program. The more you shop with us, the more incentives you receive. We also offer Instagram story sales weekly for those who are still avoiding crowds.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success to each person is different. I think we measure our level of success on how happy we are and how happy we make others. We are so fortunate that we get to do what we love most for a living. We literally get so giddy when people tell us we’re their favorite store or thank us for introducing them to vintage! If we can wake up every day and hunt for treasures and people find enjoyment in those treasures, then I would say we have succeeded!

Pricing:

  • Dresses & Jumpsuits $20-$75
  • Vintage Renewal Tops $10-$45
  • Denim $35-$100
  • Outerwear $35-$175
  • Rare Graphic Band Tees $35-$300

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Image Credits
Photographer – Kelby Reck Models aka our team- Rachel Stang, Courtney Woodworth, Raquel Collins, Madeline Manske, Alexandrea Erisman, Scarlet Green, Imani Jacobs

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