Tabitha Darling, the owner of @pink_ink vintage, first started selling clothing on Depop as a way to clear out her wardrobe (and make a bit of extra pocket money). Now, she’s garnered over 37,000 followers, who are all chomping at the bit to purchase her unique selection of quirky pieces.
When did your love of vintage fashion start?
Growing up I was influenced by my mum and auntie, who were fashion designers in the 70s. Instead of shopping in fast-fashion outlets, I found it much more rewarding searching for vintage in charity shops around Belfast, where I was brought up. I loved everything about it – from the process of finding it, to the little imperfections that tell their own stories of the past.
How do you source your pieces?
I try to source my pieces as close to home as possible, cutting down on travel and shipping, and trying to be more environmentally aware when I’m procuring new pieces.
Have you always been passionate about sustainability?
I’ve always been fascinated by nature, but it wasn’t until I pursued a degree at university centred around environmental sustainability that I really began to understand how important it is. I started to realise how everything is connected in this world – every action you have has an effect elsewhere, and whether it’s a negative or positive one is your responsibility.