We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Kuzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Carmela is all about recycling and reducing environmental impact. We don’t believe in trends. Instead, we sell second-hand classics and by doing that, we are avoiding unnecessary use of energy, plastic, water, and gas. The uniqueness and quality of the items are just a bonus 😉
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Ever since I can remember, my life was all about translating my complex mind into fashion. My mom, Carmela, was the only one that got me. She was my only true love, my safe place, my biggest inspiration. When she died from cancer two years ago, I couldn’t bear the thought of not enjoying her anymore. I promised myself I will do whatever it takes to spread her uniqueness, colores and craziness wherever I can and do only what I do best and enjoy it the most. I decided to quit my job and opened my shop. Carmela is a vintage shop. we are selling one of a kind designers boho style clothing, home decor, and accessories from the 1920s-1990s. I have been collecting vintage items for over twenty years. I always believed in handmade, old fashion fabrics, high quality, colorful and unique items. Every item in the shop represents an old, good memory. You’re not only purchasing an item, but you are also purchasing a story. A statement. My shop gives legitimization to be who you are, To choose differently, to choose quality, to choose love, and to feel great about it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Every time people are visiting us here in San Diego, the first place we take them to is the “Meditation Gardens” in Encinitas. It’s a magical, calming, beautiful place to relax and watch our amazing coastline. From there, we usually walk on highway 101, making stops at “The Taco Stand” for the best tacos in the city, “Flashback” for some thrifting, and finally “Chiko” for a delicious Asian dinner.