Our Makers Corner today features the lovely Janice Stevenson whose interests lie in sustainable living, retro fashion and culture.See hi to Janice this Saturday 6 July at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Until then, read on!Retro Sistaz – InstagramRetro Sistaz – shop
What is your link to Tottenham?
My family and I have been resident in Tottenham for the past 10 years.
What inspired you to become a vintage trader?
I am a vintage trader and my inspiration is firstly a love of history, culture and social issues and the ways in which fashion and styles have been influenced by such phenomena.
What is it like owning your own business or like many, juggling multiple jobs?
I do both. It’s extremely rewarding as it is challenging. The challenging lies in juggling a busy home life, but I am fortunate to have a great family which helps and is willing to plug the holes.
How are your products sustainable?
Both in business and personally, I never buy anything new (except food!). There no need to as wonderful items, clothes, household goods, etc, already exist and are more fabulous than anything manufactured today! All of my products are pre-loved and that makes them both special and friendly to the environment, saving on intensive manufacturing processes, air miles and pollution.
After a long day, what do you do to switch off and relax?
I go for a jog or socialise with friends.
What has been your biggest achievement?
One of my biggest achievements has been to move my products online as this is an expanding area which can save costs for a small business person like me. This has allowed me to sell to the world so I now think in terms of ‘selling to the world’ rather than from a ‘small patch’ in London.
Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”