Becky Ellis for Second City Style Magazine
I discovered Marion Mercer during the quest for the perfect holiday gift and took note. Unlike
a lot of online vintage shops, it's attractive, well-styled and easy to
navigate, and after tracking down its founder, Sarah Buxton, it's easy
to see why. She's young and hip, sure (the day I met her she was
wearing a green vintage dress and looking very Annie Hall, only cuter —
sorry Diane Keaton), but after graduating from the Fashion Institute of
Technology, interning at Glamour and doing wholesale sales at Mint and
marketing at Intermix, she has the fashion and merchandising chops to
make cute clothes into a great business. And she had the same complaints about buying vintage online.
“Online vintage shops are overwhelming, not well-culled,” says
Buxton. “It's almost like some of them are a second thought to a bricks
and mortar store.”
The name Marion Mercer pays homage to her birthplace, Marion, IL, and her favorite NYC shopping destination, Mercer Street. Like the name, the business is an intimate operation.
Although she has a graphic designer, she sources, styles, photographs
and ships everything on the site herself. Her parents, who live nearby,
help out when she's traveling, which she does frequently.
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