Full-time student, full-time business owner

A day in the life of many college students includes going to classes and then heading to work. For UMKC sophomore and entrepreneurship major Aubrey Larkin, that daily schedule looks largely the same – except for the fact that she works for herself.

Larkin is the founder of Aubrey’s Attic Company, an ever-evolving fashion blog and boutique which has recently expanded into multiple store locations.

“Aubrey’s Attic is a clothing boutique with the mission to empower women’s confidence and beauty through unique clothing,” she says. “All styles are hand-picked, loved by me and I work hard to choose pieces that stand out.”

Larkin isn’t new to the idea of business owning. With two very entrepreneurial parents, focus and long-term goal setting are skills she’s been practicing for a while. All she needed was the idea.

“In sixth grade, I went into my first clothing boutique, and since then I’ve known that that’s what I want to do when I grew up,” she says.

Aubrey’s Attic Co. was first created as a blog in early 2017 towards the end Larkin’s senior year at Liberty North High School.

After writing on fashion tips and trends, she decided to make the jump into merchandising.

Still operating out of her home, Larkin describes the intricate process of bringing clothes from the drawing board to the rack as quite simple.

“I pick most styles online, but recently went to market in Dallas,” she says. “Once the styles arrive, I shoot photos, tag them and take inventory. Then sell.”

Due to the growth of her company, Larkin has been able to expand into a wider selection of pieces and been given the opportunities to present her clothes in local stores and boutiques.

The first major milestone in the lifetime of Aubrey’s Attic Co. was becoming a vendor at Bella Patina, a huge collection of vintage and antique items in the West Bottoms. The three-level store is open every First Friday weekend of the month.

The second and most recent milestone was having her clothing added to the Array collection of shops on the Plaza.

Larkin prides herself on freely expressing her style through Aubrey’s Attic Company. She models all of the pieces on her website and for advertising on Instagram. Among her top fashion idols stand Blake Lively, especially for the character she played in last year’s “A Simple Favor.”

Larkin says that she only picks pieces that she would personally wear. However, she is also very receptive to the desires of her customers.

“Sometimes customers so surprise me,” she says. “It’s fun to interact with girls through social media and in store to see what they love most.”

Larkin’s strategy of engaging with customers on Instagram is down-to-earth and personable. Since she models all of her clothing, it is easier for her to describe and sell her favorite looks. She refers to her engaged and reactive customers as her “girl gang” in most captions.  

“Aubrey at Aubrey’s Attic is just the most amazing gal,” says customer Kaylee Hoeflicker. “Her style is truly unique, and she is constantly thinking about and caring for her customers. Her heart behind this company is so evident.”

While most would think it’s hard to balance running a growing business and being a student, it’s something that Larkin has grown accustomed to.

“Honestly, I just have to make it work,” she says. “They are both two things that I am really passionate about and are worth the extra hard work. Time management has become so important, and using a planner and being intentional about my time has been especially helpful.”

Aubrey’s Attic Co. is growing, and Larkin is excited for the future. She keeps herself busy and had a show every weekend in November of last year.

On Nov. 24, she held a pop-up shop at Bella Patina for Shop Small Saturday. The following weekend, she participated in the Chick Event at Zona Rosa.

“Also, new styles of clothes have been arriving constantly, which keeps things fresh and fun,” Larkin adds.

Although keeping busy with both school and her business, she has no plans to slow down. Through the way Larkin conducts herself, it’s hard to believe that this thriving businesswoman is also a full-time student.

Aubrey’s Attic Company is online at aubreysatticco.com and on Instagram at @aubreysatticcom.

mjsc6n@mail.umkc.edu

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