We were very excited when Michelle Qazi and Joy Rubino became part of the Make Collectives shop and having their first pop-up event here was an honor for us. These two are down-to-earth and light up the room, but it wasn't always glamourous. Read the story behind how Michelle started her career, from eating Top Ramen to working for a well known photographer and then starting 6th and Detriot to meeting Joy. See below.
Michelle Qazi has always had a love for all things unique, but it wasn't until 2003 when she moved into her first apartment in Los Angeles that the love for vintage furnishings began. After graduating with a degree in Communications at Cal State Fullerton, Michelle obtained a job in the art department at Celestine Agency. She found an apartment and moved out right away.
Barely making rent and eating Top Ramen every night, she turned to Goodwill and The Salvation Army to furnish her place. Her heart raced seeing all the treasures of the past. And, that's where the love affair began, filling up her apartment on 6th And Detroit.
Michelle continued working in the entertainment industry for many years while in Los Angeles. From photography producer to the well known photographer, Andrew Macpherson, to locations agent at Image Locations.
6th And Detroit launched on Etsy in April 2015. What started as a hobby, quickly became a full fledge online shop as orders starting coming in. As a stay-at-home mom, she realized she needed reinforcement. Her dear long time friend, Joy Rubino, had a deep knowledge in running a retail store after 8 years managing ecookie, a Venice boutique on Abbot Kinney. With her graphic design degree, retail expertise and a keen eye for photography, it was a match made in heaven.
Michelle and Joy joined forces and have blossomed 6th And Detroit into something very special. With the abundant amount of vintage available to the public, Michelle sought out to make 6th And Detroit stand out by using her sense of mixing in creative diverse looks and making sure the photography and staging was exceptional.
6th And Detroit will continue to work towards its dream of a brick and mortar, but in the meantime, Michelle is happy to keep on digging and making beautiful unique items accessible to you.
Here are few of the pieces we have in the shop. Get them quickly, bfore it's gone. Remember we only have a week left before Michelle and Joy packs their bags up.
Written by: Cindy Mam
Your Summer Wardrobe is Here... l MAKE is featured in this article in a special collaboration with local Long Beach magazine LB Home + Living and our dear friend Rachel of Rachel Off Duty