Downhouse began as a group of friends and artists living in downtown Atlanta in 2014. Together we took on a unique yet 'undesirable' space and transformed it into living, studio and work spaces during a time when it was seemingly impossible for a lot of young creatives to find anything affordable. Very soon we began to host pop-up events, gallery shows and musical performances. For a few years Downhouse was a truly collective effort and one of the few LGBTQIA operated DIY spaces in ATL.
These years brought two random people together as roommates, and ultimately led us into becoming creative partners, business partners and most importantly chosen family members. We had just met as new roommates, and began selling vintage together on Etsy and at pop-up events as a side hustle during what was a very confusing time both professionally and personally. It wasn't long before we dropped everything to pursue this project with full force, and ultimately the work helped lead us both out of confusion and into focus.
We are Annie Grapek and Nicole Stein. We are Downhouse. Though the collective physical space no longer remains, the beliefs and values we forged while operating within that space remain with us today. We are an LGBTQIA owned business, and we stand proudly with our community to demand and protect the rights we deserve. We are feminists who stand in favor and full support of the Black Lives Matter movement, immigrants' rights, religious freedom, and climate change awareness. We welcome all expressions of humankind, and seek to cherish, respect and represent diversity above all else. If you feel as if we have something to hear from you, to re-consider or learn - we ask you to contact us with your message as we welcome any opportunity to improve.
Our store is a collection of eclectic vintage clothing and found objects. Each piece has been hand-selected and reimagined for a modern aesthetic. We view our clothing as non-gendered, and we strive to represent diversity within our imagery. When sourcing we focus on colors, comfort and shape. Our selection tends to vier toward high quality fabrics and construction that has stood the test of time.
We are in the process of allowing this business to facilitate a life of adventure and optimism. Although it is so empowering to run a business, at times it can be difficult to navigate on your own, taking chances and learning as you go. As we move forward we hope to become more transparent, and to help others feel inspired to step outside the patriarchal norms of style, society and behavior. We are trying to take more chances, both individually and professionally. We appreciate your part in helping us do that <3
- N & A