Finding the Perfect Look
It happens in used bookstores or while digging for records, or maybe it’s the eureka moment of finding a forgotten mid-century modern lamp in an antique shop. Still, most of us have experienced the jubilation of discovery from finding a perfect item cast off from someone else’s possessions.
From an early age, sisters Cierra DelRosso and Kyndra Paleschic loved searching for fashion gold amongst discarded piles at thrift stores, antique malls, and estate sales. Those were the duo’s classroom as they developed their sense of style.
Kyndra explains, “We were thrifting instead of going to the mall when we were growing up.” Initially from Orange County, California, their parents worked at Disneyland when they were young girls. Their dad did construction and faux finishing on the amusement park’s rides, and their mother worked at the hotel. Style runs in their family, and their folks have always encouraged them to find their own.
They are clearly close as they possess a natural ease in conversation. Cierra recalls her earliest memories of falling in love with clothes, “We were always fascinated by our grandmas’ closets, full of what to us were total treasures. I remember one of my favorite things to do as a little girl was wear my great grandma’s long silky slip nightgowns and tie them up in the back to fit. There was something truly magical about getting to pick one out and parade around her house every chance I got.”
Kyndra adds, “Our mom’s mother was like Brigitte Bardot, while our other grandmother was more like Joni Mitchell, and I found myself right in the middle.”
In October of 2019, the sisters made their love of vintage clothing a commercial endeavor under the auspices of Daisy Canyon Vintage, an online and pop-up shopping experience. The aesthetic of the hippy-inflected style of Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon of the ‘60s and ‘70s inspires them. Think back when rock stars and celebrities flocked to the outlaw landscape south of Mulholland and west of the Hollywood Hills.
Moving to Austin when they were young, the name of the operation is a nod to the sisters’ combined California and Texas roots. “Once we said it out loud, it just stuck,” Kyndra notes. Running a Free People store further developed her strength as a stylist, intensifying her love of tracking down the perfect items. She’s especially drawn an era when clothing still possessed more of a sense of craftwork. “All those looks are going to come back again.”
As they build the vision for their business, they put together pop-up shops around Fort Worth at Shipping & Receiving and Twilite Lounge with some of their most successful outings coming at The Rustic in Dallas. Moving forward, fans can expect them to organize two pop-ups every month, announcing them through their social media channels. With inventory available through the online store, their current curations are just a click or two away. Their acuity for matching the right piece with the right person is a rare gift.
Cierra, who remains in the Austin area, explains, “Working with each other is our comfort zone.” Only a year and a half apart in age, they grew up styling one another and are a natural fit as business partners. She admits that when Kyndra moved up to Fort Worth seven years ago, the vibe of the growing scene resonated with them both.
Kyndra’s husband, musician Jake Paleschic, has gotten in on the act as well, encouraging the duo to expand their menswear collection, sweating it out in the thrift stores and estate sales with them. Along the way, he’s become a vintage enthusiast. “The more quality clothing I put my hands on, the more contemporary items from my closet hit the donations bin. My favorite keepers are a pair of sanforized Wranglers and this 50s-era white fleece Kappa Delta sweatshirt.”
Clearing out your closet helps you clear your mind and visualize a new life that might start with a denim jacket from the early 70s. As a sense of style develops, trends are less appealing. Learn to follow your instincts; just buying what the magazines sell leaves you looking like everybody else.
As they continue to build their cohesive collection, the sisters love speculating on the lives behind the clothing, often spurred by clues like a purse with a love letter in it. The sisters admit certain pieces are challenging to release instead of keep. Still, it serves a greater good. “We just want folks in Fort Worth to feel comfortable dressing funkier.”
An Austin native, Lyle Brooks relocated to Fort Worth in order to immerse himself in the burgeoning music scene and the city’s rich cultural history, which has allowed him to cover everything from Free Jazz to folk singers. He’s collaborated as a ghostwriter on projects focusing on Health Optimization, Roman Lawyers, and an assortment of intriguing subjects requiring his research.