We had the good fortune of connecting with Tori Griffin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tori, what do you attribute your success to?
I think it is a mix between nostalgia for the Millennials and the discovery for the younger generations. As a stylist, I am able to use my archive of these late 90s/Y2K pieces and style them in a very relevant and modern way that is fun, refreshing, and reminiscent of the Pop Culture I grew up on. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A really cool moment for me as an artist and vintage dealer was when I got to style the cover of Maxim Mexico’s Dec/Jan 2019 Issue in Vintage Dior. Or Kylie Jenner purchasing and wearing my reworked handmade Dior and Gucci scrunchies during one of our many lockdowns this year. I have spent a looooong time trying to see where I fit into this industry that I love so much but is extremely hard to break into, especially as a woman of color. While talent is absolutely necessary in any creative field, persistence and determination really are the keys to the kingdom. Never give up! Keep pushing! Keep learning! Keep growing!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them for an epic tour in my topless 2001 Jeep Wrangler! My favorite things to do in L.A. are skateboarding, thrifting, and eating desserts. So, we would have to drive the canyons to the beach (blasting Mariah Carey/Brandy/SWV), skate the boardwalk/watch the skaters at the Venice Skatepark, hit some thrift shops in the westside (rich people donate better stuff haha), and grab some candy by the pound for the drive back. That is actually my ideal day period. 😛

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve always been consistently obsessed with fashion. My mother was a stylist and costume designer so if style is genetic, then I definitely inherited from her. She has bought me 3 sewing machines in my lifetime, which I ending up breaking or giving away out of fear/frustration. Once she sat down and physically showed me how to thread the machine (at 29 years old), my business took off. She bought me a serger for Christmas 2020, hopefully it won’t take me another 29 years to learn how to use it! haha

Website: www.dmtvintage.com
Instagram: @dmtvintage

Image Credits
Photography by Jeremy Deputat Styling by Tori Griffin

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