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At D-FW resale shop Human Dior, clothing is an art form

Human Dior sticks to a simple but powerful motto: “Come for the past, stay for the future.”

The resale store and showroom in downtown Dallas specializes in Japanese and designer clothing and is staffed by young local artists, creatives and stylists.

“We make sure we hand-select each piece with a specified customer in mind,” says Angel Gallegos, lead store buyer and stylist. “We also like to introduce new brands to bring something new to the community.”

The store is like a treasure chest of distinctive garments. Racks of clothes cover much of the showroom. Sneakers, hats and an assortment of other accessories are displayed on shelves.

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Clothing is displayed at Human Dior’s streetwear resale store in downtown Dallas. The shop also has a location in Fort Worth.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Over the years, the clientele has grown from friends, family and area residents to well-known musical artists including Yves Tumor, Cuco, Trippie Redd, Diplo, Omar Apollo and the Kid Laroi. Designers have included Hysteric Glamour, Raf Simons, Balenciaga, Undercover and Off-White.

Other resale stores like Buffalo Exchange emphasize sustainability, but Human Dior follows a different path. It’s part of the luxury brand resale culture popular among youth interested in fashion, fashion history and styling.

For some people, says Human Dior manager Brittany Valenzuela, clothing is an art form. Her clients collect clothes the way others do art.

Human Dior’s brand is well-recognized and influential in urban Dallas neighborhoods. Stickers of its logo — a heart with a cross inside and on top — are stuck on the walls of dive bars, clubs and just about anywhere owner Jon Hinguanzo has partied. The logo represents his big heart, Hinguanzo says, and also appears on T-shirts, hats and chains.

Sneakerheads will find plenty of options at Human Dior.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

“I have a lot of love from the community and from the city,” Hinguanzo says. “The cult following comes from the fact I’m one of the only stores that carry these labels. I love that I’m able to inspire people, kids and even people who work here.”

The Oak Cliff native started out reselling clothes from his grandmother’s home. In 2013, he rebranded his accessory brand, The Essentials, as Human Dior and opened his first pop-up location in the Design District. He moved the store into an old synagogue in the Cedars in 2015, later relocating to Oak Cliff. Since 2020, Human Dior has had locations in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, where it sells vintage and pop culture memorabilia.

Hinguanzo says bigger things are coming, including more charity events and artist collaborations.

Details

Human Dior has stores at 416 S. Ervay St. in downtown Dallas and at 3462 Blue Bonnet Circle, Unit 100, in Fort Worth. Find Human Dior on Instagram @humandior.vintage.

CORRECTION, 1:48 p.m., June 14, 2023: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Jon Hinguanzo began reselling clothes from his grandmother’s Arlington home. Her home was in Oak Cliff.

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