Leslie Gomez grew up in the thrift stores on Center Point Parkway in Birmingham, AL where her grandparents worked. Now the designer builds her own business through those same stores. Through her online shop, Tryna B Studios, Gomez hand-selects pieces, mostly men’s clothing, from various thrift stores and reworks them to fit women with a love for streetwear. That repurposing of clothing allows Gomez to bring not only a sense of style but a sense of sustainability to her community. “Sustainable fashion to me is just maintaining the cycle of the clothes, just being able to make anything from something. … It’s just reusing things that are already there, things that already exist,” she said. “Repurposing with a purpose—that was always my biggest statement.”