Born in Baltimore, MD, and raised in NW Washington DC, Amira developed an eclectic sense of style with a strong influence from vintage pieces. She translated her interest in vintage clothing to a career with the opening of her first store, Kitty Kat Boutique on Georgia Avenue in 2004. Upon closing Kitty Kat, she began vending at Eastern Market where she met her future business partner of It's Vintage Darling, Kindall Hudgins. As a proud mother of four children, Amira hopes to set an example of what one can attain with passion and hard work.
A native New Yorker, Kindall began collecting 25 years ago, and had accumulated so many items it was time to do something. She met the one and only Robert Bannerman who guided her through every step to follow her passion & dreams. She began selling at Eastern Market with him 8 years ago. This is also where she connected with Amira Hikim, and on January 1, 2011 the ladies brought It's Vintage Darling to the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Her passion and dreams continue to live on.
Elise Peterson, a native Washingtonian was eager to return to the district after high school to continue her studies at Howard University. Like many college students, Elise had a small budget and grand dreams for her wardrobe; "I began shopping vintage and thrift stores out of necessity, and it quickly became a passion. I enjoy wearing and collecting vintage, because it enables me to effortlessly express my individuality." After being hired as the youngest manager of Georgetown's premiere boutique Annie Creamcheese, Elise left to join the ladies of It's Vintage Darling as Store Manager and Buyer. Together they have worked hard to bring Columbia Heights a striking mix of a quirky and classic curated collection.