We catch up with the grooviest, most colorful vintage curator in town, Hello Tallulah!

We catch up with the grooviest, most colorful vintage curator in town, Hello Tallulah!

Vintage clothing has always been something that I have been drawn to. Maybe it’s the history behind every article of clothing or the romantic thought that clothing encompassed in older times, the fun frills, the sparkle, and the over-the-top nostalgic prints.  Without a doubt, when you step into vintage stores such as Hello Tallulah there is a sense of adventure. Everywhere you turn there is a story shouting at its seams, from a dress draping longingly to an accessory asking for a new home, there are endless possibilities and so many fun pieces to get your hands on. Sometimes what you find may shock you and sometimes it may bring a memory to light, from your favorite movie or to your favorite song, shopping vintage gives you a reason to bring back to life a piece of clothing that otherwise would’ve never seen the light of day again.
Let’s delve into the heart of vintage with Kristina Uriegas-Reyes, the fabulous owner and curator of Hello Tallulah, San Antonio’s home to the grooviest and most unique pieces from your favorite eras of fashion.
SLTV: Thank you for chatting with us. For those who don’t know, Hello Tallulah, what was the inspiration behind this name and for your brand?
HT: The company name comes from my sweet pup, Tallulah, who I adopted in New York City. She was a very special part of my family and we were incredibly close. She passed away in October 2018, but the name still evokes the charm of her daily greeting. Customers and the San Antonio community were so sweet to rally around me when she passed. The name also evokes the glamour of old Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead!

Tallulah Bankhead, Image Sourced from Wikipedia
SLTV: Your store carries so many bright and fun styles that are beautiful relics from different eras. What would you say is your favorite era of fashion? 
HT: My favorite era is definitely the early sixties! My personal style is a mix of mod paired with colorful kitschy accents. Some of my favorite fashion icons are Ronnie Spector, Marlo Thomas, and Dolly Parton. Stylistically, my favorite movies have to be Funny Face and Bye Bye Birdie. Funny Face has the gorgeous, high fashion of the fifties (“Think Pink!”) and Bye Bye Birdie has the fun, teenage style of the early sixties.
SLTV: I can definitely see those icons playing a role in the clothing you offer! Give us an inside look into what it is like buying for your store. What do you look for when picking out new styles?
HT: My collection at Hello Tallulah is highly curated. I want to make vintage feel special but accessible. I primarily pick women’s clothing from the 1950s-70s with an emphasis on fun and colorful dresses. I’m automatically drawn to funky prints and beautiful party clothes.
As a body positivity advocate and a former plus-size model, sizing is also at the forefront of my mind when I curate my collection. It’s important that I carry a variety of sizes. Everyone should have the opportunity to feel fabulous in a vintage treasure.
SLTV: What are some challenges you have faced when searching for extended sizes in vintage clothing?
HT: It’s actually a myth that people were “just smaller” back then. There were plenty of plus-size women, but because fashion didn’t cater to them, they often made their own clothes or bought them specialty. It was harder to find then so it was worn more often and less clothing survived to this day. Therefore plus fashion is more rare and hard to find, but I’m committed to offering it.
SLTV: That is amazing to hear, I am glad you offer inclusive sizes! How do you want your clients to feel when wearing Hello Tallulah?
HT: My favorite part of the job is seeing someone try something on that they’re absolutely in love with. They have that ‘wow’ moment by bringing a vintage piece to life. Often I pick items for customers and I feel happy knowing I helped them find something totally unique. Style is a feeling and a form of expression. I want customers to walk in and feel excited to express themselves. I want Hello Tallulah to be the ultimate happy place where people feel comfortable experimenting with their personal style. Vintage deserves to be worn!
SLTV: What draws you to vintage clothing?
HT:
 Vintage is totally unique and generally much better quality. They made things to last back in the day. Not only that, but it’s sustainable fashion. Shopping second-hand is great for the environment! Too much of trendy fast fashion ends up in the landfill. I encourage curating your closet and investing in vintage pieces that make you really happy.

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Kassandra is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. Originally from McAllen, Texas, Kassandra is a fashionista at heart. She hopes to inspire everyone to dress outside of their comfort zone and use style as a form of self-expression. She's an advocate for plus size fashion, believing that fashion shouldn't discriminate on the basis of pant size. From working Alta Roma Fashion Week, to styling Milan Men's Fashion Week her experiences bring a unique flame to San Antonio.