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Bold Vintage Styles From MAW SUPPLY

Jul 7, 2020

by Tess Duncan

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

In our Featured Shop series, we shine a light on a standout shop from Etsy’s talented seller community, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at their process and story.

There’s a reason why Rachelle and Norman Clark, the Houston, Texas-based curator couple behind MAW SUPPLY, offer vintage apparel for adventurous thrifters and minimalist shoppers alike. “Finding our style has helped us become more confident in ourselves,” says Norman. “So being able to help other people express themselves through clothing is really important to us.” From perfectly broken-in, rainbow-bright graphic tees to black-and-white cocktail dresses in classic silhouettes, MAW SUPPLY garments run the gamut, making the shop a destination where any vintage fan can find a look from yesteryear that suits their personal taste.

Explore the MAW SUPPLY collection

Rachelle and Norman’s inclusive ethos extends beyond hunting down treasures that span decades and styles. “MAW” stands for “man and woman,” a reference to the gender-neutral section of their shop which was inspired by the couple’s own preference for blending traditionally masculine and feminine designs. “We don’t like to be boxed in, especially stylistically,” says Rachelle. A quick scroll through the #MAWSPOTLIGHT hashtag on Instagram, where the couple shares standout looks put together by their happy, fashion-forward customers, and it’s clear to see they’re onto something.

Read on for more on the couple’s open-minded approach to outfitting, and get expert advice on keeping your vintage threads in tip-top shape, then shop the MAW SUPPLY collection

A portrait of MAW SUPPLY owners and vintage curators Rachelle and Norman Clark.
Photograph by Troy Montes

How would you describe your approach to sourcing vintage clothing?

Norman: We look for pieces that aren’t from just one era, but regardless of the time period that a piece of clothing is from, we want to make sure it’s something that can fit into today’s look. We pay attention to trends and find ways to share that with our customers by offering quality vintage pieces at an affordable price point.

Rachelle: We go with both statement and staple pieces. We’re looking for not only the bold prints and the cool designs, but also for sustainability and the quality of the garment. We love those earthy, muted colors just as much as the bold ones. It’s a blend of conservative pieces and ones that are head-turning. 

Rachelle models a colorful vintage outfit (including matching yellow pants and top, and a neon-multicolored jacket).
A collage of women's vintage items available from MAW SUPPLY
SHOP (clockwise from top left): White halter dress, $62; abstract A-line skirt, $38; yellow high-rise shorts, $30, all from MAW SUPPLY
Rachelle mending a vintage garment at her sewing machine.
Photograph by Troy Montes
Norman models a paisley shirt, denim jacket, and shorts from MAW SUPPLY.
Photograph by Troy Montes
A collage of women's vintage clothing available from MAW SUPPLY.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Purple silk midi dress, $68; zebra-print blouse, $38; taupe button-down crop blouse, $28, all from MAW SUPPLY
Rachelle models a lime green knit top and long, colorful skirt in earthy hues.

What do you like most about vintage clothing?

Rachelle: Vintage will always have my heart because it’s ethical and sustainable, and that’s what we identify with the most. I’m all about giving back to the Earth in any way I can, even with our fashion and the things that we choose to wear. It’s really just like recycling.

Norman: For me, both personally and for the business, it goes back to self-expression. Clothing was how I matured. Researching new ways to dress and express who I am through clothing, and finding myself through my personal style, played a big role in me feeling comfortable with myself. And I like seeing other people find pieces that they really resonate with, in hopes that it makes them feel more comfortable, too. 

Norman models an abstract printed oxford and gray slacks.
A rack of vintage clothes at Norman and Rachelle's at-home shop in Texas.
Photograph by Troy Montes
A collage of women's clothes available from MAW SUPPLY.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Vegan leather handbag with tree design, $34; blue bell bottom trousers, $50; colorful floral print dress, $37, all from MAW SUPPLY
Rachelle models a colorful abstract print dress.
Photograph by Troy Montes
A collage of button-down short-sleeved shirts available from MAW SUPPLY.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Geometric print shirt, $30; abstract silk shirt, $36; paisley print shirt, $35; short-sleeved denim shirt, $25, all from MAW SUPPLY

Have you made any memorable connections with your customers?

Rachelle: We have one repeat customer, Austin, who’s for sure a standout supporter of ours.

Norman: He’s not afraid to try new things stylistically. He looks at all three sections of our shop. It’s so interesting how he’ll style something that I wore or something that Rachelle wore and mix it into his own wardrobe. We really love seeing our customers take something that we think is a statement piece and turn it into something that can be worn every day, and vice versa. Austin is a pretty cool representation of that.

What inspired the inclusive ethos of your brand?

Norman: We’ve grown to understand that gender is like bookends. We have the idea of these two genders, man on one end and woman on the other, but there’s so much happening in between. We also see that with clothing. We have the men’s and women’s sections, but we encourage people to look at both to see if there are things that they like. We have the ‘unisex’ section to encourage those people that may not typically look at the other sections to see if there are things they like. And we want to make sure that people who do feel comfortable shopping across sections know that we support that decision.

A collage of vintage men's clothing and accessories available from MAW SUPPLY
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Man and woman enamel pins, $10 each; checkered trousers, $53; white button-down shirt, $40, all from MAW SUPPLY
Norman and Rachelle pack orders together.
Photograph by Troy Montes
Rachelle models a silky green top and colorful floral trousers.
A collage of vintage clothes and accessories available from MAW SUPPLY.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Abstract floral pleated skirt, $42; vegan leather fanny pack, $28; boxy green V-neck, $37, all from MAW SUPPLY
Norman works on photo editing on his laptop.
Photograph by Troy Montes
Norman models a vintage oxford and jeans.

Vintage is so interesting to me because certain pieces can really tell a story. I think a lot about how it can connect you to your past.

Norman: It’s funny you say that because in elementary school I’d play in my grandpa’s closet and find all of these things that he still had. A lot were from when he was a teenager, and I remember finding those pieces at the bottom of his drawer and thinking, ‘This is so cool, this is what he wore when he was my age.’ When we go to thrift stores, it brings back those same thoughts. It makes us think about the original owner of each piece, and all the places they might have worn it. And that story becomes a part of our story, and we find that really cool.

What have you learned about cleaning and caring for vintage clothing?

Norman: We inspect each garment carefully to identify any issues like a missing button or stain. Then we wash and lint roll it to make sure it’s clean and smells good. We wash items inside out, in cold water, and make sure that it’s a light load so we don’t overload the washing machine. We use just about any good detergent, but one great trick for us to help brighten pieces and get rid of stains and smells is putting a cup of vinegar in the washing machine.

Norman photographs Rachelle modeling a vintage outfit.
Photograph by Troy Montes
A collage of women's vintage clothing available from MAW SUPPLY.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Floral high-rise shorts, $30; floral all-over print dress, $46; gingham high-rise pants, $42, all from MAW SUPPLY
Rachelle models a colorful top nd bright blue pants.
A desk covered in shipping supplies.
Photograph by Troy Montes
Portrait of MAW SUPPLY owners Norman and Rachelle Clark.
Photograph by Troy Montes

What does owning your own business mean to you?

Rachelle: The grounding part that we always come back to is that we’re a Black-owned business. We still work full-time jobs, but hopefully one day this will become our full-time experience and we’ll be able to make change in our communities. The deeper part of running a Black-owned business is making sure that we’re serving others.

Norman: When you’re working for someone else, there can be times where you feel voiceless. By establishing our own business, we’re able to control the narrative. There’s a lot of power to being Black business-owners. It encourages us to grow our interest in ownership. Whether that be with business or in property and land or stocks and investments, it makes us think that if we can do this, what else can we do? It means a lot to learn how to run a business and learn how to own things so we can encourage others within our community to do the same.

Follow MAW SUPPLY on Instagram.

Photographs by Rachelle and Norman Clark unless otherwise noted.

Shop MAW SUPPLY

Man and Woman Signature T-Shirt
Man and Woman Signature T-Shirt
MAWSUPPLY
$30.00 USD
Man and Woman Enamel Pins
Man and Woman Enamel Pins
MAWSUPPLY
$12.00 USD
Reserved For Etsy Design Awards - NOT FOR SALE* Vintage Multicolor Sweater Blazer Overcoat
Reserved For Etsy Design Awards - NOT FOR SALE* Vintage Multicolor Sweater Blazer Overcoat
MAWSUPPLY
$88.00 USD
Vintage Hand Made Baby Blue Unisex Overcoat / Robe
Vintage Hand Made Baby Blue Unisex Overcoat / Robe
MAWSUPPLY
$68.00 USD
Vintage Yellow Thin Harrington Baracuta Windbreaker Jacket London Fog 80s 90s
Vintage Yellow Thin Harrington Baracuta Windbreaker Jacket London Fog 80s 90s
MAWSUPPLY
$42.00 USD
Vintage 80s Yellow and White Thin Polo Pullover Shirt Medium
Vintage 80s Yellow and White Thin Polo Pullover Shirt Medium
MAWSUPPLY
$33.00 USD
Vintage Ivory Linen Blend Blazer Jacket (Medium, Large)
Vintage Ivory Linen Blend Blazer Jacket (Medium, Large)
MAWSUPPLY
$48.00 USD
Vintage 90s Green Nike Athletics Unisex Tee
Vintage 90s Green Nike Athletics Unisex Tee
MAWSUPPLY
$30.00 USD
Vintage Green Cargo Pants 36x28 36x29 90s 2000s
Vintage Green Cargo Pants 36x28 36x29 90s 2000s
MAWSUPPLY
$42.00 USD
Vintage 34x29 Chambray Blue Pleated Dockers Trousers Pants Medium 34x30
Vintage 34x29 Chambray Blue Pleated Dockers Trousers Pants Medium 34x30
MAWSUPPLY
$34.00 USD
Vintage Crocodile Print Navy & Black Leather Purse / Shoulder Bag
Vintage Crocodile Print Navy & Black Leather Purse / Shoulder Bag
MAWSUPPLY
$34.00 USD
Vintage Multicolor Geometric Circle Mid-Century Stud Clip On Earrings
Vintage Multicolor Geometric Circle Mid-Century Stud Clip On Earrings
MAWSUPPLY
$15.00 USD

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