In 1996, Trashy Diva first opened the doors to a tiny retail shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans with bags of second hand clothing, Candice's $5000 college fund and a dream! Candice Gwinn the designer and owner had a lifelong love of both sewing and vintage and moved from suburban Atlanta to pursue her dream of opening a shop of her own. With a website launch in 1997, and a few more years of dealing exclusively in vintage garments from the 1800s-1960s, it was obvious that there was a better way to fit all the needs of the expanding customers base. The reproduction of two 1930s silk garments in 1999 sparked the Trashy Diva clothing brand. Trashy Diva now features monthly collections launches in size 0 to 24 with inspiration not only coming from vintage, but also from the dozens of employees and thousands of loyal customers! In 2017, Trashy Diva Clothing stores expanded beyond New Orleans to include the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta.
Pieces from that original silk collection and the over 100 subsequent collection are now collected by fans world wide!