One of the Babes: Soul Rebel Vintage
Today, we feature Stephanie Pulido of Soul Rebel Vintage. This boss babe was a vendor at our June meet, and she's currently prepping for a West Coast tour in her vintage pop-up shop truck.
Q: What inspired you to start Soul Rebel Vintage?
A: I have always had a passion for fashion and been a thrifter at heart, but it wasn’t until I moved to Austin four years ago that I realized that Austin is a mecca for vintage clothing. I had an eye for it, and it actually became a hobby of mine I did alone, with buds and with my first Austin boyfriend (typical). I knew that I wasn’t ready to commit to a store, but I was tired of working at a retail store where moving up into corporate just seemed impossible. I also knew I wanted to have the freedom to travel so I bought a trailer with the idea of selling clothing out of it and traveling down the road. Two years later, I am prepping for my first West Coast tour and am beyond thrilled I have made it this far.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passion projects?
A: Dream big. Start small. I meet so may people that are creative and have good ideas, but the fear of failure over comes them. No dream is a dumb dream, and everyone has to start somewhere. It is so much more rewarding to know that you tried versus not trying at all and living in regret of what you could have accomplished.
Q: How do you stay inspired?
A: I try to surround myself with like-minded people, and living in Austin, in general, is full of inspiration. There are so many talented creative individuals here, and it motivates me to want to stay true to my vision and style.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity (possibly a time when a burst of creative energy produced something you could have never expected, etc.)?
A: I love traveling. Even if it is a short day trip in Texas, leaving my home base and being surrounded by nature and beauty gives me an energy boost to want to create as soon as I get home.
Q: What have been the most challenging moments in your career thus far?
A: Staying true to your brand. There are so many times I look at a dress and think I should just buy it because it’s boho and I know it will sell. But if I keep doing that, then I would just be like any other vintage shop. I buy what I like and what I would wear, which if you know me is full of patterns and colors. Life is too short to wear boring clothes.
Also, juggling a full time job along with trying to grow my small business.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: When I am feeling discouraged, I go on a solo hike for reflection, then confide in my peers. There is nothing better than your buds making you feel like they are your biggest fans.
Your favorite band: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Your favorite book: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Your local Austin gem: Govalle Park. Super rad bike trail!