Kate DiNatale is one of those old souls who is immediately interesting to talk to. She has a knack for finding special vintage pieces and restoring them to their original glory for the next owner to enjoy. She seems to have strong family ties, which I can totally relate to! Her logo is a image of her aunt and uncle - who happen to be her biggest influence in business and sound like amazing people (see more below). And if that's not enough to intrigue you, Kate's brother is Pickle the Pig's dad - claim to fame right there! She's built her vintage clothing business from the ground up and was kind enough to share some words of wisdom with me when we met. I'm extra excited to pass this one along to y'all!
Tell us what you do in a few sentences!
I buy, restore, and sell vintage clothing. I specialize in women's clothing from the 1940s to the early 1970s. However, I do sell children's and men's vintage clothing in small quantities. I also sell accessories such as hats, purses, and shoes from the same time period. Everything I sell is clean. I've either hand washed it or had it dry cleaned. I have fixed any issues with the items so that you are getting a piece that's in pristine condition. I often get asked if I've hand made the items or if they are reproductions because it's hard to believe that vintage could look so clean and modern. But, I'm super picky, very detail oriented, and want to present vintage clothing to people in a way that allows them to appreciate and love it as much as I do.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is being my own boss. I get to do things how I see fit, what I feel is in the best interest of my business, etc. I have as much or as little freedom as I want to give myself. I know when I can take a break and when I need to push harder. I also get to grow in this specific passion of mine. I'm learning new things every day, and that's incredibly exciting. I feel like I'm playing a small role in keeping history alive, and that's very empowering.