We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Tricarico and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started Another Life NY in January 2021. Another Life NY is an online boutique that sells authentic vintage and pre-loved bags. I always valued designer bags, new or vintage, and started to grow my own vintage bag collection. I researched how to authenticate each luxury brand’s bags because I was hesitate tp purchase pre-loved. Then, I literally said to myself, “I want to make this into a business, and I want my customers to feel the same excitement I feel when purchasing a bag and feel confident in their purchase”. As for the name, Another life NY, I wanted to emphasize how vintage/pre-loved bags could be given “another life”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I first made my way into the fashion industry as a teen model at the age of fourteen. From runway, editorial, print, high fashion, and commercial modeling, I have experience working with numerous industry professionals. These connections and experiences have helped me grow to have a deeper understanding of the fashion industry. When I went to college, I made the switch from modeling to influencing. I have collaborated with over 500+ brands including apparel, accessories, and hospitality. .
During the pandemic, I began to grow my personal vintage pre-loved designer bag collection. As I became more knowledgeable on rare pieces and authenticity, I began to educate others and share my love for vintage designer pieces. Knowing that there is a whole story behind a vintage piece and “another life” to each bag is what makes the vintage industry fascinating to me. With that in mind, Another Life NY soft-launched in 2021 as a small business via Depop while I was a college senior. I hand picked and specifically sourced the vintage bags to provide unique options for my lovely bag obsessed customers.
I am so thankful for the opportunities I have and the constant support from my family, friends, and customers. I am always looking for ways to grow Another Life NY so stayed tuned for something exciting at the end of the year!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting NYC, this is how I would show them the best time ever!
Where to eat:
– Grey Dog
– Tompkins Square Bagels or Liberty Bagels
– American Bar
– Bar Primi
– 99 Franklin
– Jungle Bird
– Little Ways
– Pineapple Club
– Union Square Farmer’s Market on Saturdays
– Hot girl walk in Central Park
– Golfing at Chelsea Piers
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give my whole family (my mom, dad, and brother) recognition because they have supported my small business from the moment it was just an idea!