LA Magazine | 10 L.A.-Based Black, Queer Designers and Brands to Support Right Now

July 07, 2020

Sabine Maxine Lopez is the multi-hyphenate visionary behind Patty Wack Vintage. Lopez has been curating vintage pieces for over 15 years and sells a variety of colorful and bold pieces in her Etsy shop, from a burnt orange ’70s pencil skirt to a sparkling deep blue ’80s blouse with billowing sleeves. Lopez identifies as a queer BIPOC and created a podcast called A Tribe Called Queer where guests discuss topics including femme visibility and toxic masculinity in the queer community. Lopez designs apparel and accessories for her podcast celebrating Black femmes and queer pride. Find Lopez’s vintage collection on Etsy shop.


July 07, 2020

Patty Wack Vintage is a shop from stylist, photographer, and curator of clothing, art, and events, Sabine Maxine Lopez. Sabine has been collecting vintage for well over 15 years and decided to turn her passion into a business, with the launch of her Etsy online shop in 2013.

Bustle | 15 Black LGBTQ Small Businesses To Support Right Now

June 03, 2020

Curated by Sabine Maxine LopezPatty Wack Vintage is an Etsy shop of handpicked vintage clothing and accessories. The shop is dedicated to making vintage more accessible and has an incredible selection.

Qwear Fashion | The Future is Femme: Winter Coat Edition

December 19, 2017

"I purchased this coat at a Mercy Vintage sidewalk sale. It’s one of my fav shops in Oakland, CA. I love this coat because its vintage, I feel like an lioness when I wear it, and let’s face it: I love fur!"

Coat From: Mercy Vintage
Follow Sabine: Instagram


Read the full post here at QWEAR FASHION

Qwear Fashion

January 01, 2020

Femme Embodiments of the Other Part 1

April 23, 2017

Mainstream media and the fashion industry may have more femme portrayal than other queer identities, but at what cost?

The majority of femmes we see on TV and the runway do not represent the vast diversity within the femme community. Over sexualized and dressed for the white male gaze, heteronormative / heterodominant beauty standards dictate how our favorite TV characters walk, dress, and act.

To help dismantle the heteropatriarchy, we are starting this series — a collaboration between myself and Theologian & Ethicist for the Movement of LGBTQ lives, Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza — to bring more femme voices to the table.

We aim to feature a diverse range of femme identities including those with non-normative / counter normative sexual orientations, immigrants and undocumented folks, people of size, people of color, people with disabilities, nonbinary folks, people of trans experience, people from working class backgrounds, people of faith who wear religious garments, and more.

Our goal is to expose the deep intersections that frame identities of femmes by highlighting the ways in which femmes are impacted by the logic of dominance that is so often illustrated in hetero-normative-patriarchy. The “logic of dominance” is a way of describing the concepts that inform the thought patterns and resulting practices that further expose a supremacist ideology. Femmes are often those who are most impacted by the logic of dominance and the white male (masculine) gaze in that the narrative is that femmes are to be consumed by male-bodies and masculine folks. When we actively begin to dismantle the logic of dominance that has a parasitic relationship with the logic of white supremacy, we also address the internalized misogyny and sexism that often is at play in these logics.

Sabine Maxine Lopez is the Owner of Patty Wack Vintage, founder of A Tribe Called Queer a Stylist, Photographer, and Curator of Clothing+Art+Events. Sabine has been collecting vintage for well over 15 years and decided to turn her passion into a business, with the launch of her Etsy online shop in 2013. She has styled and shot all of her PWV Look Books to date and her work as a stylist was chosen to be featured on the runway at Queer Fashion Week in 2016.  Sabine founded A Tribe Called Queer on Instagram because she realized that she wanted to shed light on queers that make a positive contribution to the community. That passion also inspired her to create and curate the Queer Bazaar, an event that features local queer vendors and is hosted at various queer owned businesses. 

Can you describe a time when you experienced discrimination due to your gender presentation or physical appearance?

I have experienced discrimination in some form or another all of my life. As an afro-latina growing up in the 80's, people didn't know what to think of me. Being light skinned with fine curly hair, black folks didn't necessarily accept me. I was teased in high school by the only other black girls in the predominately hispanic school I attended. They shamed me because I didn't have black hair. On the flip side, I was called the N-Word by my own hispanic relatives. It was very confusing for me in terms of my identity. I didn't know where I belonged. I also developed very early and have been curvy from age 12 on. Though my weight has always fluctuated, I've been called fat all my life. Even when I was a size 8 which is crazy to me! I believe society has done an amazing job brainwashing people to believe that women should look a certain way.

What empowers you to live authentically despite society’s ongoing policing of femme bodies and surveillance of what a femme should be? 

My motto in life is to live authentically... in every possible way! I know that I am powerful. I know that I am beautiful. I (have learned to) embrace my curves. I am proud of my heritage and where I come from. I am brutally honest. And I am also adamant about speaking up and letting my voice be heard! I am not the type to sugar coat my feelings, and i'm often called a bitch because I speak up. Society doesn't want us to have a voice. They want us to sit down, shut up, and follow orders. Well I am not the one. I'll never surrender.

How do you use style as a means of resistance? 

I feel like my style has always been a form of resistance. As a welfare kid, I got so jealous of my cousin because she always had new Guess clothes and fresh shoes. I had to rock Payless and hand-me-downs. It wasn't glamorous. But as I got to high school, I learned to get creative with my clothing. Shopping at thrift stores and re-working pieces to make them my own. I would get called weirdo and stared at because of my outfits. But I didn't care because it was an outlet for me. As an adult, clothing is definitely my form of art and resistance. It is the most immediate form of self expression. Besides your haircut, people see your outfit before your face. As I hit 35 last year, I had the emergent need to no longer work in the oppressive environment that was my office job. So I quit after 11 years. Since then, my hair has been several bright colors and i'm not afraid to look queer. It's been a fun process blending my new and old self. I'm enjoying this new style journey!



November 25, 2016

Sabine Maxine Lopez, a photographer and art curator, is a long-time vintage collector who decided to turn her passion into a business. She also runs an online boutique to go with her Los Angeles-based pop-up shop, and her website is worth a visit for the photography alone.


October 24, 2016

Afropunk posted a photo album with images from Queer Fashion Week on their Facebook page.

The album includes several Patty Wack Vintage runway looks!

Check out the album: HERE

Photo by: Kat Contreras

Rock n Roll Bride

Two Brides Are Better Than One: Barbie and Kendra Get Married

June 15, 2016 in Styled Photo Shoots.

Written by Kat Photos by Katie Osgood Photography

Usually it takes a couple of months for something to be published on the blog after I receive a submission for a feature (yes, my wait list is huge!) but when Barbie and Kendra’s perfect pink pride-filled shoot landed in my inbox yesterday, and in light of the utterly tragic events in Orlando this week, I knew I had to let it jump the queue and feature it as soon as physically possible.


“I love doing styled shoots and am constantly brainstorming ideas for them that are out-of-the-box and never been seen before”, said stylist Leah of Color Pop Events. “One day the idea to do a Barbie-inspired wedding popped into my head, but I knew I wanted to shake things up a bit by have a lesbian couple for the models. I also knew that I wanted the shoot to be incredibly fun, pink and girlie. I must say that I am ecstatic with how it turned out!”


“I feel that Rock n Roll brides can take away a lot of inspiration from this shoot. The obvious take away is the detail and decor elements. Hopefully we’ve inspired couples to incorporate pink chairs, a cotton candy backdrop or pinata photo booth props into their weddings. The outfits are hopefully another fun source of inspiration for couples. I mean, that pink suit was to die for! And I also hope that this shoot inspires couples with its inclusivity.” “I can’t say that I ever seen a Barbie-inspired wedding done to this scale. And also using LGBTQ people of colour for models is a rarity.”


OK so the couple in this photos aren’t actually called Barbie and Kendra (how perfect would that be?) but Madin and Sabine are real life couple and they are actually married! They flew all the way to New York from LA to take part in this shoot. “Madin and Sabine turned out to be the most perfect couple in so many ways”, Leah continues. “They were super sweet, so in love and absolutely adorable together. Don’t believe me, then check out the video! Not to mention that they were totally game to participate in a Barbie wedding to begin with!


On top of all of that, Madin runs an amazing orgaisation in L.A. called Project Q, whose mission is to help ‘LGBTQIA and homeless youth combat bullying, develop self esteem and find an identity for themselves through hair styling’. These two are amazing and beautiful individuals and I am so honoured that they took part in this shoot.”


These images are are too perfect, adorable, and absolutely gorgeous for words. Love is love is love. Shout it from the rooftops people!

H&H Weddings

May 20, 2016


Ever wonder what Barbie's wedding would look like? Yeah, we did too. But let's be honest, we weren't interested in Ken. Kendra on the other hand? Yeah, we were all about that. We gathered our favorite wedding pros and got to work bringing this vision to life. The result is the impossibly pink, fun and quirky wedding of Barbie and Kendra.

Barbie and Kendra are a real couple from L.A. who flew to New York City just for this shoot. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect pair--Sabine runs an online vintage clothing store called Patty Wack Vintage and Madin runs a non-profit organization called Project Q whose mission is to help "LGBTQIA and homeless youth combat bullying, develop self esteem and find an identity for themselves through hair styling."

See the full shoot here:

Autostraddle | Let’s All Go to Barbie and Kendra’s Wedding

May 19, 2016

Carmen’s Team Pick: When I was a kid, playing with Barbie and attempting to build her the perfect life was one of my favorite activities. There were only two basic steps involved: Make Barbie as successful and powerful as possible and immediately get rid of Ken. What my tiny child brain never realized was how much more fabulous things would be if Kendra was involved. ‘Til right fucking now, y’all...


SolShock Q&A with Patty Wack Vintage Owner Sabine Maxine

15 Mar, 2015 

“There’s a time in your life when you find who you are
That’s the Golden Time of Day
And in your mind you will find you’re a bright shining star
Ooh that’s the Golden Time of Day”

– Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (Golden Time of Day – 1978)

The classic R&B hit “Golden Time of Day” is the song that played in my head as the soundtrack to my recent conversation with Sabine Maxine. The vibrant artistpreneur, writer and photographer is giddy with excitement and beaming over her new curated vintage clothing boutique Patty Wack Vintage. Sabine made time for a quick interview to share the inspiration that fuels her latest venture and more.

SolShock: What inspired your latest project?

Sabine Maxine:
Patty Wack Vintage was inspired by my love of vintage clothing. I have been collecting vintage for myself since I was just out of high school. A few years ago I decided now was a great time to turn my passion into a business. I started out vending at various flea markets, then opened an Etsy online shop and now I am fundraising to open up my own store front. I launched my online Gofundme campaign on January 2nd and next is the first official fundraiser event. The Patty Wack Vintage Fundraiser Pop-Up Shop is this coming Sunday, March 22nd

SS: What makes you radiant?

Hmm… I feel most radiant when I achieve a goal. There is something to be said about crossing a goal or dream off my list that makes my soul smile. Especially if it’s something big! I’m usually beaming and smiling ear to ear after achieving a goal. It really makes me radiate. I also feel pretty radiant when I’m in a great outfit and good shoes lol. A good outfit can really change your attitude. It can even change your walk… Get a little sexier lol.


SS: What was your latest Happy Discovery?

My latest happy discovery would have to be coming into my own as a queer woman of color, and becoming a wife. I came out of the closet a few years ago and I have never been happier. I feel like I am living the life I am meant to live. I am blossoming and becoming the woman I always imagined myself to be. It’s been an amazing period of growth for me. I feel connected within.

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