by Morgan Tien

Monique Aquino and Karen Marley, the founders.

Two friends, Monique Aquino and Karen Marley (Bob Marley’s daughter), started the downtown Los Angeles designer resale boutique Buttons and Bows earlier this year after the concept began from blogging. Monique, a fashion, music and dining blogger, met Karen and began doing some high-end designer consigning for her on eBay. With the success of the consigning, they saw potential and translated their passions into a brick and mortar store.

“What I love about it, especially when we get to style for catalogue, is breathing new life and re-imagining the pieces differently simply from a just has-been item, says Monique. We of course like to pick timeless and modern pieces, things that you want to have in your closet forever.”

Rachel wears Cos bib tux shirt & Trina Turk lace skirt, Miu Miu jeweled Mary Janes

Monique’s favorite vintage piece that she has in her closet is a French label called Apropos. While the two were sourcing pieces for Buttons and Bows, they ran across a silk quilted jacket with oriental detailing. “It feels like a luxurious sleeping bag, definitely insulates heat in the cold, but with so much style!” says Monique.

Thomas Wylde studded skull long sleeve.

Monique and Karen are thriving in their downtown Los Angeles boutique location, and love getting up every morning to continue to pursue their passions. “We are frequently told that our dynamic and chemistry together holds a certain magnetism, says Monique. I guess they say that there is a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s a true and sincere relationship and a pretty authentic experience.”

Comme Des Garcons stripe asymmetrical dress, Loeffler Randall shoes, leather belt harness.

Each day the two get up to face new challenges of owning a business and work to get their name out there and stay above the rest. “Remembering where I came from and knowing where we are today are constant reminders and a huge reason to keep me on my toes, be grateful, and to keep pushing harder to maintain this dream,” continues Monique.

Buttons and Bows is filled with classic pieces for sale and would love to have you visit! And with affordable pricing, there is no reason to pass up this boutique. Stop in next time you are in downtown Los Angeles, or visit at

Also check out their Twitter and Facebook pages!




Photographed by: Jesse Fiorino

Makeup and Hair: Veronica Chanel

Styled and modeled by: Rachel Nguyen

(See the full lookbook here)

Buttons And Bows – The story of Karen Marley & Monique Aquino

About The Author
- Erika is a journalist and the founder of MadlyJuicy. After having worked for major media in Europe, the West Indies and Canada, she finally decided to create MadlyJuicy to inspire career-driven Millennials.