What first started out as a collective group of students auctioning vintage UNC clothing on Instagram has turned into a platform for bringing a voice to visionary people — throughout campus and beyond.
Vintage Blue UNC was originally titled “In With The Old,” a national brand with chapters located at several different colleges across the country and featuring a similar business model.
Juniors Jemal Abdulhadi, Kenny Barone, Jessi Zhou and sophomore Rodrigo Bustamante came together to rebrand the UNC chapter into Vintage Blue UNC — a brand of convenience, expression and humanizing creativity. Since January, they have provided fellow students with rare UNC swag, but that’s only one aspect of their mission.
“It’s two-fold. The first aspect of it is to get quality, dope, trendy gear to students very conveniently,” Abdulhadi said. “I think a lot of people try to say like ‘Yo, I can just go to eBay and find stuff,’ but we really save people time and we deliver it straight to them so they have straight access to it. And then the second is sharing experiences of very inspirational and impactful people on campus, so people know what’s going on, so people know what people are doing.”
Vintage Blue seeks out its products by shopping at thrift stores in the area and searching online. The team is currently working on getting some partnerships with thrift stores in the area in order to get its hands on the gear before other people do.