Passenger began in Los Angeles in 2014 as an online and appointment-based vintage clothing business. They opened their first brick and mortar storefront in Echo Park summer 2015 which focuses on both one of a kind and designer pieces, as well as pieces for the home. We spoke with founder Candace Shane about her inspirations.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I grew up in the Midwest in the suburbs outside of Detroit. My friend circle consisted of an immensely talented group of artists and musicians. We spent our teens going to shows, and shooting rolls of 35 mm film. We were obsessed with visual art and loved experimenting with different forms of media. We would make short stories and films starring fictitious characters I would style in clothes we found at vintage stores and antique shops. When I was 23 I began working for Barneys New York. This is where my taste level became more refined and I learned the key elements of running a business. By the time I turned 30 I knew I wanted to work for myself. I resigned from my position and pitched the idea to my partner to start a new business together, incorporating both of our backgrounds. We applied his 15+ years in vintage with my experiences in fashion and operations and Passenger was born.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
My work environment is very important to me. The light and landscape of California inspires me. Living and working here provides the balance I want for my life. I can work all week dressed as I please and swim in the ocean when I’m done.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Natural light, music, and coffee or green juice…preferably both!