Shelly grew up in the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts.
"While I was still in high school, I would drive to the city to visit a massive thrift store where clothing was priced at one dollar per pound.
The store was filled with items scattered on the floor, and they would provide a garbage bag for customers to search through.
On one occasion, I stumbled upon a remarkable pair of worn-out jeans.
They had holes in the knees and were frayed at the bottom, but they fit perfectly when paired with a large brown belt.
Those jeans were the absolute best.
From that moment on, my relationship with denim became all about the excitement of finding hidden treasures.
During my mid-20s in New York, I pursued a career in fashion design, and my taste in denim became more unique. I had always been fond of vintage clothing, but I started wearing items that were eccentric and nerdy – it wasn't about appearing attractive, it was about expressing my personal style.
During my younger years, I had a mysterious understanding of myself.
It was difficult for me to determine what worked well for my body. Additionally, when I relocated to Europe, I experienced weight loss, which greatly altered my perspective - I no longer considered what appeared attractive as I did not feel anything was flattering.
Nowadays, I am much more conscious, prioritizing what suits me best.
As a mother now, I simply do not have the time to extensively search through various markets.
Even the thought of entering a fitting room and trying on numerous pairs of jeans feels like a true luxury, but allocating time for such activities is crucial. Recently, I purchased a pair of Paige jeans that have become a staple in my wardrobe - a worthwhile investment of both time and money."