MEET THE GETUP VINTAGE
Lindsey Leyland and Kaylan Mitchell, Owners
Lindsey Leyland, Co-Owner
Lindsey Leyland has had over 15 years of experience working in vintage retail, consignment, buying vintage inventory, large scale visual merchandising, curatorial duties, and arts management. Ms. Leyland has been involved with vintage retail since 2002, where she began buying for a small independent store in Pittsburgh, PA.
In 2008 Leyland became manager at a local boutique called Lenny & Me in Chicago, IL; where she developed a handmade artist section, along with consigning over 50 vintage dealers. She has also being a constant addition to many local fashion productions and has assisted an established stylist with wardrobe and props on numerous large corporate photo shoots. In August 2009, Leyland a helped to open a second store that carried both vintage clothing and accessories and included an art gallery in which they named Three Birds Gallery. The gallery had over 50 artists, 12 featured artist openings, meet & greets, and in the summer of 2010 had a segment on an ABC program 190 North called “Art in Odd Places”.
It has be Lindsey’s dream to own a vintage clothing store since a very young age, and Kelly McLeod gave an eager girl a chance ten years ago when she first opened The Getup Vintage. Leyland has honed her skill over the years, and the passing of the torch from the original owner to the first employee is fitting.
Kaylan Mitchell, Co-Owner
Kaylan Mitchell developed a love for vintage clothing at a young age. Her first pieces were purchased from former Getup Vintage owner Kelly McLeod, when Kelly was a salesperson at Lost and Found Vintage in Royal Oak, MI - and Kaylan was just a freshman in high school. Since then, Kaylan has been buying and selling vintage clothing and is well known for her eclectic fashion taste.
That aforementioned fashion taste has always been onstage front-and-center as she acted as wardrobe buyer and stylist for her band, The Juliets, in which she played the cello. The Juliets, which represented Mitchell's first foray into business management; was formed into The Juliets Band LLC. During that time she was the sole proprietor of the business side of the band, and she single-handedly managed the band’s income, tours, releases, and finances. Furthermore, she was The Juliets resident stylist for photo shoots, video shoots, and stage shows. The Juliets toured nationally and in 2011 were featured in the iconic Chrysler ad campaign, "Imported from Detroit".
Kaylan's next venture, decidedly less DIY, was a position as the head House Manager of the Michigan Theater, a position which she held for four years. This position included daily record keeping, inventory, accounting, and employee management, which allowed her to hone her business skills that would be necessary for The Getup. During this time, she also made many connections with local and national artists and filmmakers. Kaylan’s connections to the local world of music, film, and the arts will be vital to The Getup’s involvement in the local community, and her organization and accounting skills will keep the business on track.
Kaylan is a 2010 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Film Studies; a concentration in Film Theory and Criticism, and a minor in Art. She continues to play the cello in the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra and moonlights as a session cellist on occasion. Her future plans include returning to school to pursue a Masters in Accounting.