You Should Know: Rockett Mansion

Hey there all you Sassy Peachers! Today is the first interview for The Sassy Peach & it’s with Chicago resident & Howard University grad Melanie Lyke of Rockett Mansion. Read on to learn more!

Sassy Peach: For those who don’t know, tell us about Rockett Mansion.
Melanie:
Rockett Mansion is the idea that people can start wearing handmade things or recycle clothes we already have, introducing a minimalist lifestyle. It’s about finding pieces that are really special, things that you really like & editing out the bs. It’s coming down to to basics that you need. We also take 10% of all to help support non-profit organizations such as childhood literacy programs to AIDS/HIV research & prevention. I like to call it retail therapy with no buyers’ remorse.

SP: Very cool. So how did you come up with the name Rockett Masnion?
Melanie: Well Rockett is my mother’s maiden name & Mansion is this private clubhouse in DC. It’s one of my favorite places ever & I just love it.

SP: What types of items do you carry?
Melanie: Rockett Mansion is mainly vintage but I design some of the pieces myself as well. The pieces are very well preserved & I try to find things that can be translated into now. You’ll be really comfortable & you won’t feel like you’re in a costume. The styles vary from Americana chic to 70s or 80s high fashion.


SP: What made you want to start Rockett Mansion?
Melanie: I had been working in retail since I was 16 at various high end stores & boutiques, & I wanted something of my own. I was tired of working for people & wanted to put stuff out there that I wanted to see. I just wanted to have a store where things could be very fashionable & sold at a reasonable price. You can buy something reasonably priced & look like you paid $300 for it.

SP: Where are your favorite places to find items for Rockett Mansion?
Melanie: Out in the suburbs in Aurora is my favorite area. They have 8 huge warehouse thrift stores & I just go make a day trip out of it. It’s amazing.

SP: How often are new pieces put on your Etsy store?
Melanie: I usually update it every other week with a few items at a time. I eventually would like to start updating it daily.


SP: So where are some cool, hip vintage/thrift stores in the Chicago area?
Melanie: The Wicker Park area on the Northwest Side have a lot of cool places. They have at least 7 or 8 vintage stores on that strip where you can find some pieces you like.

SP: So what’s next for Rockett Mansion?
Melanie: I would like to have pop-up vintage shops. Maybe get an alcohol sponsor, a dj, & just have it be a really nice event. Later down the line I want to open a free standing store, but that will be once I get my paper straight! In that I would like to incorporate a lot of indie designers out of Europe & South America, to bring something new to Chicago.


To learn more about Rockett Mansion & to buy some RM pieces, head on over to her Etsy store!

*rockettmansion.etsy.com
*myspace.com/goldedlady

And for all you lucky readers here in Chicago, Rockett Mansion pieces can be found at Verse in Wicker Park.

Verse Chicago
1821 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

***Thanks so much to Melanie for being so gracious & taking the time out to speak with me! ‘Preciate it & you’ve always got a friend & supporter here at The Sassy Peach!***

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