We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Swavel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marissa, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I was in school at Ohio State I regularly went to the thrift stores to pass time and find new unique clothing I knew not many others would have. Personality is always represented by unique clothing. The more people started complimenting my finds the more I would want to find pieces for them that would bring them joy. Not only would this bring them joy, but it would bring me happiness and an extra source of income through college. I never really intended for my business to be what it is now. I really just enjoyed styling other people and reliving my 90’s childhood while doing it. Fast forward to now, I have clothing on 4 different platforms, had my first pop-up and designed my own website start to finish. What they say about your first baby is definitely correct. You protect it, you care for it, and you nurture it until it grows big and strong. Well, same goes for a business and brand. I’ve gained experience in all aspects of the closet whether that be re-organizing, closet clean-outs, or steaming and styling. I’m not sure what exactly the future has in store for Radicalthrifts, but we know it will be rad.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve worked in and been surrounded by sports my whole life. I’ve recently graduated with my Master’s in Sports Law and Business and am currently an executive assistant for a family in Scottsdale. My career and education has shaped me into who I am today and I’m tremendously gracious for those whose paths I’ve crossed along the way. From women’s volleyball, to B1G basketball, to golf – athletes all across the nation are finally learning about the vintage community and t-shirts that aren’t fast fashion or reproduced. Yes, we’re talking the real concert tees that your parents wore after buying them outside the venue in the 80’s and 90’s. I just want to make sure people can find sustainable pieces that are authentic, loved and sure to last for more years of wear!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First I would take her to hike camelback… the echo canyon side because everyone should experience it if your health allows. I’d also take her to Sip Coffee for some morning work, coffee or a beer. We would end with wine girl and maybe hit the old town clubs after. Canal club at The Scott would be a great decision too!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Cori Matheson, My warrior. What started out as a Master’s program internship turned into a lifetime of mentorship and friendship. Cori assisted me with my first business logo and everything in between. She’s helped me from the very beginning and has been there for many of Radicalthrifts’ firsts. I cannot extend enough gratitude to her.
Najee Dennie at Social Hitch Marketing