Though her background is in visual merchandising for fashion retailers, Amanda Vega quit her full-time job four years ago to pursue music as a singer and songwriter. When she hit a creative roadblock, she switched her attention to selling vintage clothing on Instagram.
This new creative outlet grew from a side project into what she now calls Kaleidos, an online store that carries hand-selected vintage apparel and a curated collection of independent designers and brands. The Virginia-based shop officially launched last May, and since then they’ve popped up at 52 O Street Artist Studios and Ebenezers in DC.
This weekend, Kaleidos will pop-up in Union Market, bringing their products out for shoppers to check out in person. Kaleidos curates for the ethically-minded shopper, working with brands that are conscious of ethical production. As for the styles themselves, the mix of vintage and new makes for an interesting selection of one-of-a-kind alongside trendy apparel and accessories, from wide-leg denim trousers to vintage cropped Calvin Klein jeans.
Eventually, Vega hopes the pop-ups will lead to a brick-and-mortar home for Kaleidos.
“The ultimate dream for the shop would be to open up a brick-and-mortar store one day where I can also use the space to host creative events,” says Vega. “When someone walks into my future brick-and-mortar store, I want them to feel ‘all things good.’ I want my products, the people, the space, and the energy of my store to reflect that—’all things good.’”
The pop-up will take place beside Ah Love Oil and Teaism at Union Market, 1309 5th St., NE, from May 13 through 15. The pop-up will be open 11 AM to 8 PM on Friday, May 13, and 10 AM to 8 PM on May 14 and 15.