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Larissa Blintz is the owner and creative director of vintage clothing line, Miracle Eye. At 10 years old, this self-proclaimed “tie-dye lovin’ weirdo,” found a way to overcome bullying by going to thrift stores and selling her hand-selected designs on eBay. She found comfort in the fact that she could own and operate a small business over the Internet and it empowered her to start overcoming the effects of bullying through entrepreneurship.
By the time she was 15, this creative entrepreneur began manifesting her dreams of being a fashion designer and Miracle Eye was born. Open by appointment only, the brick-and-mortar shop is nestled atop a retail plaza in Chinatown with a psychedelic sign featuring a black-and-white eye surrounded by every color of the rainbow. After passing under the trippy sign, you will feel as though you teleported to 1969. Rugs from distant lands lay on the floor, clothes made of velvet or corduroy hang from wooden hangers and the sound of a sewing machine making clothing magic serves as the shop’s unofficial soundtrack.
If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to meet Larissa’s mother or grandmother who both bring generations of feminine creativity to every groovy design they help cut, sew and stitch. Together, these Colombian women craft high-quality clothing that stays true to the 1960’s and ‘70’s. They also offer services like styling and alterations. So if you’re into supporting small, female, family-owned businesses, then visit shopmiracleeye.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.