We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebeca Vargas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebeca, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
The amount of waste and exploitation that occurs in the fast fashion industry is at an all time high. It takes approximately 1,800 gallons to make one pair of jeans. By shopping second hand you reduce the chances of clothes ending up in landfills and reduce the demand for fast fashion, forcing big retailers to rethink their strategy on sustainability.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Posh Dress Code is an online vintage and thrift shop. We combine fun and flirty styles from the y2k era with modern trends. Each item is hand selected in Los Angeles so each piece is rare and one of a kind. Our mission is to show that you can be stylish and sustainable. This is my first year in business and while it does have it’s challenges it’s been so fulfilling for me. The one thing I learned to overcome the challenges is to seek out mentors and network with like minded individuals. Learning from others and connecting on similar issues gives you realistic expectations. In addition having an amazing team, my stylist Kaylah helps me create amazing outfits and my buyer Hayley helps me source amazing pieces. Without their fresh eye Posh Dress Code wouldn’t be where it is today.
The greatest lesson I learned is you are allowed to wake up one morning and completely choose a different life for yourself. You are not bound to anything. One day I was in tears unhappy with my job and I realized if I can dedicate this much energy to someone else why can’t I do it for myself. So I decided to quit and go all in on my dreams. I got my degree in Computer Science and Engineering. I thought I was headed into tech and when I decided fashion was my calling it was the first time in years that I felt the color come back into my life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was in town visiting we would definitely go to Corona del Mar and layout by the beach. Followed by our favorite restaurant Tempo Cantina. My go to restaurants are always lively with music and a good margarita.
We would visit a museum such as L.A.’s natural history museum or go to a concert. During the weekend we would definitely stop by Los Feliz flea market or Silverlake Flea market for some vintage shopping.
Other restaurants that I recommend are Plancha Tacos, Monty’s Good Burger, Javier’s, Silverlake Ramen and Mastro’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor Jance Chartae is a powerhouse and by far the most accomplished woman I know. She runs a successful boutique called Brazen Boutique as well as a coaching business. However what makes her special is her willingness to share how she became successful. She is an open book and willing to share what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.