Why pay more when you can pay less? Alumnae of Florida A&M Universities respectively, Whitley Waymon and Morgan Rodgers created their own mobile boutique in May 2013.
Clothing is not the only thing that the two share, they are also cousins.
Waymon, a 26-year-old graduate, received her bachelor’s degree in public relations and Rodgers, 23 years old, has bachelors in fashion merchandising. The duo paired together and created Abandoned Threads.
With fashion being each of their first love, they enjoyed shopping at consignment shops as well as thrifting from their mother and grandmothers closet.
Although many may not find inspiration in others hand me downs, these two decided they would put their own creative spin on old, dusty garments and turn them into fabulous fashion finds.
Waymon said, “She gets the best of both worlds by not only creating great finds, but giving advice to those who may be lost.”
That is how the two came up with the name Abandoned Threads.
While Morgan is the creator of most of the designs, Waymon handles the public relations side of the business and is a buyer of half of the merchandise that they carry.
Abandoned Threads has been featured on Set Fridays at FAMU seven times. They have tried to attend Union Wednesdays at Florida State, but they were unsuccessful because the process is much harder. The duo is set to be featured in October’s Inaugural Hair and Fashion Expo at the North Florida Fairgrounds.
Pricing of the restored clothing is reasonable for college budgets, or mothers looking to pinch a penny.
Shannon Love, a mother of five and founder of E.A.G.E.R., a non-profit organization she started said, “School shopping along with Christmas is always expensive.”
When Love’s oldest daughter who is a junior in high school brought it to her attention that abandoned threads have chic and trendy items at a low price, she reached out to Waymon and Rodgers.
Currently, the clothing line is only sold on social media, via phone, or emailing either owner. However, the owners are working diligently to launch a website to bring in more business for those who are tech savvy.
Love feels that the line does a great job for all involved, while remaining unique.
“I love the versatility of the merchandise that they carry because my girls don’t have to worry about others duplicating their clothes in school or in the city,” Love said.
The line offers clothing for ages ranging from babies to teens. However, the focus is on teens and young adults. Despite the fact they specialize in those age groups, they also do alterations.
Along with the clothing that is custom made and threads that are found, the owners have paired with a local graphic designer to produce even more upcoming work.
With all of the momentum, more people are taking notice just like Tallahassee resident Trenesia Condry.
“Every time I wear a custom made piece I get many compliments about my clothing,” Condry said.
To learn more about Abandon Threads, email them at AbandonedThread@gmail.com.