Meet Talisman Your new favorite vintage find!

Recently, I was introduced to a couple of gals via social media and was instantly taken by their wonderful vintage clothing and the amazing images they post on their Instagram feed.  So much of what is discovered these days is done through social media and very rarely do the people found on social exist so close to home.  Luckily, these ladies hail from right here in Omaha.  Meet Cora and Dana your new favorite vintage curators and the fashion influencers behind Talisman.

How did the two of you meet?

Dana: We met working together at Anthropologie.

Cora: I sat in on Dana’s interview and was immediately impressed by her style. After she got the job we started hanging out every chance we had.

D: Cora always wore awesome vintage pieces to work, and we started bonding over that. We would go grab tacos at El Rey and hunt for vintage for hours on end. We have both said we’ve never really enjoyed doing that with other people, but we actually liked doing it together.

C: I used to own a vintage store in the Old Market, I was in search of a partner but the timing wasn’t right.

D: And I had been considering selling vintage on Etsy, but I also wanted a partner. So we decided that we had to team up!

When you’re hunting for vintage clothes, what do you look for in a garment?  What makes it Talisman worthy?

C: Texture, quality, color palate and silhouette are all things we keep in mind when we are buying. We are also both really dedicated to finding pieces that feel modern and are truly unique.  In the end, Talisman is all about feeling good and powerful in your own skin, so that is always the overarching question. Sometimes it helps to think about friends, and other people we’ve encountered. If we find a piece that feels like them then we know we are probably channeling someone else too.

How would you describe your personal styles and what or who would you say has been your biggest fashion influence?

C: I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t wearing jeans. Give me a button-up blouse and a pair of boots and I am good to go! I love a good statement accessory. I’m always collecting interesting pieces of jewelry or searching for a great hat!  Fashion influencers that I can’t get enough of are Linda Tol, Kate Bosworth and Leandra Medine.

D: I love a good high-rise jean. Pairing denim, suede and turquoise jewelry with a full-length blouse and coat is what I am all about. A few of my favorite labels right now are The Row and Black Crane and I always love what Gretchen Jones is wearing and/or pinning.

What is it about vintage fashion that you love the most?

C: Fashion is 100% cyclical. Vintage clothing was generally made before fast fashion was a thing and It’s being a responsible consumer. Vintage allows you to be more interesting than wearing what everyone else is.

D: I love that vintage pieces find you; it has to be your size and suit your style. Once you find that piece, you know it was meant for you. Vintage fashion is also important from a sustainability standpoint. Reusing clothes and building a wardrobe that can withstand trends is essential for me. Fast fashion is one of the leading causes of waste and vintage clothing is one way to start living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Do you have a favorite piece that you would never part with, if so what is it?

C: I own a number of jewelry pieces that were my grandmas from the 60’s and 70’s I wearing something of hers every day. Along with a couple other pieces of sterling silver jewelry that I couldn’t LOVE more.

D: For the most part no, I want to break my own heart. If I’m not doing that then I wouldn’t truly love our pieces. A caftan that is currently available in our shop is one of the most important vintage pieces I have owned. It was found during a really pivotal time in my life and although I am sad to let it go, I’m more excited for the person who owns it next. It is a true talisman, and that is what we are going for.

What is your opinion of Omaha in terms of fashion and style?

C: We think what is most inspiring to us about Omaha fashion is how much local talent we have! We attended Omaha Fashion Week a few months ago and we were completely blown away by Dan Richters Kate Walsh & Chris DiGiorgio.

What are the biggest challenges you find running an online fashion boutique?

The biggest challenge for us is that our pieces are one of a kind. It is also what we love about vintage. We also wish our customers could touch and feel our pieces, so we have to find ways bridge that gap. For us that started with great photography & web design. We are lucky to have a talented team backing us, Heather & Jameson, and Lauren Howerter.

Now for a little rapid fire so we can all learn a little more about you both.

Cora:

Wide leg or Skinny

Cape or Vest

Leather or Lace

Coke or Pepsi

Lipstick or Lipgloss

Booties or Boots

Husker or BlueJay

East Coast Style or West Coast

Dana:

Wide leg or Skinny

Cape or Vest

Leather or Lace

Coke or Pepsi

Lipstick or Lipgloss

Booties or Boots

Husker or BlueJay

East Coast Style or West Coast

 

Cora and Dana will be lending their fashion knowledge to all the ladies at this Wednesday’s Girl’s Night Omaha.  We will be discussing fall layers and pattern mixing.  You won’t want to miss it!  Ciao!