COLUMBUS, Ohio — A central Ohio man uses his passion for fashion to help others find their style, including some with a throwback feel.
What do you want to know
- When it comes to vintage clothes, a lot of people love them or cringe at the thought of them.
- The term “vintage” loosely refers to items between 20 and 100 years old
- A young entrepreneur wants to raise awareness about the benefits of wearing vintage
- He opened his own vintage clothing and sneaker store in Columbus
- It focuses on throwing back items from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s
Peyton Ley, 24, started saving money when he was a college freshman and it has since become one of his favorite pastimes. He likes to experiment with his style and find unique clothes.
Her unique wardrobe quickly became a hot topic.
“I was finding stuff for myself,” Ley said. “And I would just wear what I had. And my friends would be like, Yo, where did you get that, I’d be like the ‘thrift store’.
In 2018 he decided to turn his hobby into a business and allow other people to create their own unique style. He launched The Loop Vintage from his bedroom and began selling items online via Instagram.
Late in 2021, Ley got the keys to her own storefront at 1559 N. 4th St. in Columbus.
“It’s definitely crazy,” Ley said. “It’s amazing to finally have the place. I’ve been dreaming of it for a long time.”
People everywhere can buy, sell or trade vintage clothes as well as rare sneakers. Every week there are new things.
“We do 80s and 90s and early 2000s vintage clothing,” Ley said. “We have vintage categories here ranging from band music t-shirts from the 80s and 90s to Disney cartoons to NASCAR, even to love sports.”
“My favorite shoe, personally, is the Air Jordan 1,” said Jayson McMullin, manager and shoe curator at The Loop Vintage. “So I guess every time I get a Jordan 1 here, I’m pretty happy about it. Just giving people options. I mean, if somebody wants to grab, for example, an item of clothing, they can also catch a pair of kicks.
With the fast fashion industry leaving a huge negative impact on the environment, Ley strives to educate people on the benefits of vintage shopping.
“A lot of wasted water, a lot of wasted materials, tons of waste from fast fashion. It’s a serious problem,” Ley said. “And there’s a lot of textile waste that just goes to landfills, which are never used, which never reach anyone, which are somehow thrown away and forgotten. So just do your part. And, like, I guess trying to be as environmentally conscious as possible, is a big reason why I wanted to do this and learn about vintage and stuff like that.
By finding hidden gems in old clothes, he strives to bring customers that feeling of “breathing the past”.
“One of my favorite things is just seeing people’s reaction when they see something they like and they’re like, ‘Oh, like that’s crazy,'” Ley said. “I just try to get people to find these things that mean something to them, where they remember the gig they were at, or you know what I mean? That kind of thing. So the nostalgia is also a big part of it.
Ley works to create a community of creativity and culture and to help Ohioans like client Revelation Sanders revamp their style.
“I really like finding clothes that aren’t the same as other people’s. I love having my own little, you know, drip, you know, style, and this is a great place to get it,” Sanders said. “There is no store like this. In most stores you go to, you find resale prices hovering around $400 or $500, which is not necessarily affordable for students. I am a student. I’m broke. So coming here you can come get a shirt for $20, $30 and still look good and somebody say where you got that from?
It’s a place where the past supports the future, which is why he calls it The Loop.
The Loop Vintage is open from Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, click here.