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The Vintage Creators of Booty Call Blues

April 2, 2017

Seattle Girls, Hannah Dinero and Sophia Hitsky, creators of Booty Call Blues talk about their brand, success and their handpicked and reworked vintage finds.

Q: Where were you guys born/currently living?

 

A: Hannah: I was born in San Diego, and moved to Washington State a year later. I grew up moving back and forth between Northwest Washington and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and now I live in Seattle!

 

Sophia: I was born in good ol’ Silvana, Washington and I am currently in Seattle!

 

Q: Have you guys always had an interest in fashion?

 

A: Hannah: Always! Growing up in Saudi Arabia and going to school with people from all over the world expanded my outlook on fashion, media, art, and design. When I was in 7th grade, I remember being so excited over my first Juicy handbag. It’s crazy how the Juicy tracksuit trend is coming back now -- I love it, but I don’t think that it’ll last

 

Sophia: I have always loved reworking clothing and had an interest in fashion but I never pursued it on a level that wasn’t for my personal use until recently.

 

Q: Can you talk about the background story of Booty Call Blues?

 

A: Hannah: Last Spring I got really into Harley Davidson tees. I saw a picture of Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman wearing them and I was just like “holy shit, they look so fucking cool.” Sophia has always been really good at finding dope vintage things, and she was just like, “wanna rework and sell clothes?” I agreed because why not!

 

Q: How did you come up with the name Booty Call Blues?

 

A: There isn’t really a meaning behind Booty Call Blues! We knew that we wanted something playful and provocative that would get people’s attention. We really liked the phrase ‘blue jean baby,’ but didn’t want to use that exactly. We eventually landed on Booty Call Blues after a few days of brainstorming

 

Q: How do you go about sourcing your material and designing your vintage clothing?

 

A: Our number one rule is to only sell things that we would wear ourselves. As far as our designs, we kind of just pick up a pair of scissors and start cutting!

 

Q: What are some of your top selling items?

 

A: Tommy sells really fast and everyone loves a good pair of reworked Levi’s

 

Q: Are you guys in school?

 

A: We are both third years at the University of Washington!

 

Q: Where do you see yourself with your brand in the next 5 years?

 

A: Hannah: The vintage scene in Seattle is definitely apparent, but I don’t think that anyone has the same approach us. I hope that we continue to grow throughout the digital space, and maybe have an actual storefront!

 

Sophia: Crankin’ out bomb vintage rework at our own store in Seattle!  

 

Q: How would you define the word success?

 

A: Hannah: Being confident in the people around you, your career, and yourself is what success is to me! I think it’s important to have a good grasp of who you are and what you love, and from there, people will naturally find their own versions of success

 

Sophia: Doing something that makes you happy while also paying the bills

 

Q: Who are some of your favourite fashion designers?

 

A: Hannah: Right now I’m loving Gucci’s, Alessandro Michele. Phoebe Philo, Celine’s creative director, is also so good at what she does. I like that she has this cool anonymity about her even though her designs are so widely recognized. I can never find recent interviews with her!

 

Sophia: I really admire Francesca Aiello for being so successful at such a young age. Demna Gvasalia’s work is super cool and I like what he has been doing lately.

 

Q: Who are your inspirations?

 

A: Hannah: I’ve never really been asked this question! I’d have to say that I appreciate anyone that’s doing what they love despite whatever sort of connotation it may have, or whatever shitty things people have to say. I’ve noticed that I really look up to Alexander Wang -- he’s completely self-made and is a great example of a first generation Asian-American pursuing his own version of The American Dream/is just doing the damn thangggg

 

Sophia: My mom of course!! Honestly, anyone who is doing what they want and doing a good job at it. It’s really cool when people are ambitious and it pays off.

 

Q: Do you have anything else you want your viewers to know about you?

 

A: Hannah: Just feel free to DM or email us with any questions about our stuff, or even just to say hey! I notice that some people that follow BCB follow my personal IG and I think it’s so dope, so thank you!! <3

 

 

Photo by Booty Call Blues

 

Photo by Booty Call Blues

Sophia: @sophiahitsky 

Hannah: @hannahdinero

Booty Call Blues: @bootycallblues

 

 

 

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