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Community Highlights: Meet Jackie Panameno of Restyled Moda Boutique

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Panameno.

Hi Jackie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve always loved fashion as a little girl and I attended fashion schools, FIDM and The Art institute to Dallas. I got married and had kids and I dedicated my life to being a homemaker for the past nine years.

After having children, I struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety and that left me drained. I lost most of my hair after childbirth and I was an emotional mess.

During covid, I decided to shave the little remaining hair I had left and start publicly wearing wigs. I started sharing my hair loss story on Instagram and Facebook. That empowered me to stop living in shame and chase my dreams.

Now that my kids are both in school it’s given me some time to pursue my passion which is fashion. During Covid, I had a lot of analyzing to do about my life and I made the decision to open my business through all the uncertainty. I started a sustainable fashion online store with thrifted and boutique items.  I’ve done a few pop-up events in Tampa.

During Covid, I realized that life is short, and I can’t give up on my dreams. Being a mother is such a blessing but when you are a homemaker, you dedicate yourself to serving your family.

I’ve always had a passion for recycling and upcycling and reusing whatever I can. I’m a fashionista but I am also very sustainable. So that’s where my business came from, fashion meets sustainability. I realized that there is a big demand for online clothing, but it turns around to harm our planet. Fashion is one of the businesses that increasing in pollution, the more clothes we have, the more we throw away. My passion also goes for handmade things that are sustainable and ethical. So, during Covid, I started doing my research on manufacturers that make clothes and accessories in Central and southern America.

I was able to connect with my home country, El Salvador and make my first purchase for my business, which were sustainably and ethically made sandals.

I decided that my boutique would carry thrifted items and hand ethically made clothing and accessories. I have a passion for money that gives back and doesn’t just make a fat cat rich. When people purchase from my boutique their money goes to feeding families around the country. When people purchase from me their money goes to happy workers. I strongly believe that a little difference can go a long way especially when it goes to caring about people and the planet we live on.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
So going against the current trend of fast fashion has been a huge challenge. As a buyer, you can find a lot of manufacturers who make fast fashion and unethically clothing.

Getting started was extremely difficult because being a stay-at-home mom, I don’t have the network connections of today’s society, information, or any other outlet or resource. So, I pretty much started with, googling how to start a business.

As a mother, it’s been very hard because I have to juggle Mom life and being an entrepreneur. Financially I am not funded by any grants or loans so I started by weighing tables to save money so I can buy inventory and pay for things like a website, shipping supplies, and office supplies.

As a Latina woman, I have the challenge of being a Minority business owner and a woman business owner. So, the challenges have been big I am in the industry where you do not see many Latinas succeeding.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
You should know that I am extremely passionate about fashion, sustainability, and people. And by people, I mean I love helping people especially mothers like myself because I personally know the struggle.

That’s why with my boutique, I specialize in clothing that flatters mothers and I also provide free personal styling! So, when a person purchases for me, I can curate outfits made from either thrifted items, new boutique items, or a mix of both. My business is not just about money it’s about helping style a busy mother with insecurities and any budget. So, my boutique is not just a place you come and buy clothes it’s a place for you come and make a friend.

I’m most proud that my boutique will be environmentally and eco-friendly. I’m proud that with my business, I can help support families in countries like El Salvador, India, Mexico. One of my goals is to find the beauty of fashion in countries like central and southern America. Countries where they are not known for their fashion, countries where they are not known for their styles.

The main reason why I love clothing from other countries is because culture goes into it and that’s something that we don’t really see in North America. Countries like central and southern America have prints that date centuries, they have methods of creating a garment that dates centuries and you can’t put a price on that. My boutique will bring the beauty that I feel America is missing out on. I feel my boutique will bring awareness of why sustainability and ethical fashion is very important!

So, in conclusion, my boutique offers ethically made Clothing, Upcycled, and recycled clothing from thrifted stores that benefit a charity. My boutique offers sustainability and free personality styling.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
One of my favorite childhood memories is thrift shopping with my mother. On weekends, we would go to thrift stores and my mom would always seem to find new with tag clothing, or like new clothing. She was able to put together the cutest outfits. During that time thrift shopping was not trendy. I was pretty embarrassed to say that I shopped at Goodwill. Thank God it’s an awesome trend now. I really enjoyed finding treasures like books, toys, crafts and clothing with my mother and sister. I always felt like it was treasure hunting, and we will always win!

Another favorite childhood memory of mine is when I would make Barbie clothes out of socks. I would design them with markers and stickers.

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