Volume 47, Number 3 - September 21, 2009


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FASHIONISTA COUSINS: Mayerlline Toribio  and Tiffany Wynns are innovative when styling vintage clothing with modern trends.
Fashionista Cousins: Mayerlline Toribio and Tiffany Wynns are innovative when styling vintage clothing with modern trends.

Vintage Meets New Millenium Online

By Jessica Tejeda
Jessica.Tejeda001@mymdc.net

It was like stepping into a closet from the past, except the closet was spread all across the bedroom and it was definitely not the past.

Racks upon racks of clothing with blue and clear plastic bags covering these one of a kind pieces took up more than half the room of Tiffany Wynns, co-creator of the vintage clothing store, Less Than Three.

Wynns, a former Miami Dade College North Campus student, created the shop along with her cousin, Mayerlline Toribio, a nursing major at the North Campus. The shop, based out of Wynn’s home, offers eclectic, colorful, and carefully detailed pieces for vintage lovers online.

“I wanted to start this store because I'm obsessed with vintage clothing, and a lot of people like what I wear but don't like vintage shopping because it takes up a lot of time, so I thought, why not buy the items and sell it,” Wynns said.

The duo started the store in June of 2008.

The store itself is set-up on a link that directs people into eBay.com site, which is a website that allows people to bid on items put up by others. They are currently working on a dot-com site, so that people interested in purchasing from Less Than Three can buy the items directly on the page.

The vintage-fashion enthusiasts not only sell clothing and accessories, but they style each piece tailored to the desire of their customers.

“The clothing I buy is very versatile, I sometimes get things I can change, and then there are pieces like the Christian Dior ones, that I would never touch,” Wynns said.

The items are also available for viewing by appointment with Wynns and Toribio, for anyone interested in seeing the items up close, but that service comes with a price.

“It's less expensive if you buy online, so we can get more exposure since we are just starting off, so we have to lower costs,” Toribio said.

But it could be worthwhile to many seeing the clothing up close.

“When we set up appointments with people, they can see the pieces up close, and if they want to purchase anything, we can make any alterations the clothing needs, and everything is always sent out to the dry cleaners before anyone takes any clothing home,” Wynns said.

Yusmary Rodriguez, a student at  Florida International University, said she finds Less Than Three's clothing affordable and imaginative.

“They have really unique finds that nobody else has.  They are pieces of clothing that are for people who love fashion that not everyone would wear. You don’t find these things in Forever 21,” Rodriguez said.

And their pieces are original.

“You'll never have to worry about wearing the same thing as someone else, whatever you wear, you make it your own,” Toribio said.

Wynns dedicates a lot of her time going to different cities all across the country, such as Naples, Washington D.C., and New York City to find quality designer pieces like Christian Dior and Diane Von Furstenburg.

While Wynns is busy shopping, Toribio spends her time managing their blog at http://less-than-3.blogspot.com/ and networking with people to publicize the store.

Together they work on looks for each season, photos for their website and overseeing their eBay store.

But overall, their mission is simple, sell vintage clothing to the masses, and make people as original as the clothing they sell. For more information about Less Than Three, go to http://store.auctiva.com/ShopLessThanThree


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