By Alecia Humphreys
What started as a heartfelt hobby – the thrill of the “find” in thrift stores – has evolved into an online store of carefully selected clothing that is not only timeless but also very vintage.
“It all started when I was usually just reselling,” explains Amber Ibarra, founder and owner of the PASO collection. “I would go to thrift stores and just resell things on Poshmark. I slowly entered vintage, and really wanted it to be its own brand – unlike anything I did for resale. With vintage you have to mark it and make it exciting.
Ibarra, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, art history and archeology, founded the PASO collection in January 2019.
“I was really aware of the collection part of the name PASO,” Ibarra says. “It’s an extension of my own personal aesthetic, and it’s a bit like my [own] collection. Even when I receive things, I have to hold on to them in my own time. I have to mentally prepare myself for his departure. So it’s just that, a collection, and I don’t even mind keeping things and even waiting for the right buyer.
Ibarra sells anything – on presale via Instagram Stories, then on the PASO website – from accessories and sleepwear to dresses, tops and more, from the early 1900s to the 90s.
“Each piece in the collection is hand selected by me for its beauty, quality and uniqueness,” says Ibarra. “You can get great quality stuff at prices that I wouldn’t pay for the quality of a contemporary piece. The prints are also very exciting to see, especially like the ones from the 1930s.… Some of the prints from the 1930s are so whimsical. It’s so interesting to see things from a different perspective through the clothes.