In June 2021, Tiffany Woodruff ditched her day job and moved back to her hometown of Kansas City to launch Thrifted Tiff, a female streetwear brand that highlights individuality with each piece Woodruff makes herself. Less than a year later, Woodruff is making a name for herself in fashion. She’s fresh off styling Tech N9ne’s most recent video, working on designs and styles for rapper X-Raided’s 70-date tour run, and she’s getting ready for her first fashion runway show at The College Basketball Experience—where she first introduced Thrifted Tiff in 2017—as an homage to the city she started in. “Kansas City, unlike other cities, offers that friendly hometown vibe,” says Woodruff. “The ones who are the authentic backbone of opportunity and creativity behind the city are mostly resting in unrecognized places within the city. What I offer this city is a direct homage to the dedication, hustle, and what it can bring to you as an artist.”
Dish: Biscuits and chorizo gravy with a homemade sangria from Tribe River Market.
Fashion Designer: Christian Micheal Shuster takes the scene with his tailoring and impact toward a more recognized fashion community in Kansas City. I’ll be working with his brand to design and produce one full look on April 9 to give back to Ukraine.
Hidden Gem: Most people don’t know about the College Basketball Experience next to the T-Mobile Center. With an insane collection that includes national tournament trophies and games, it’s full of experiences that teach more than just the history of college basketball.
Self-Care: Ami Hawkins at Onyx Studio in Lee’s Summit is my favorite place to go for quick eyebrow shaping and any of my hair needs. She also offers microblading, braids, hair coloring services—and does them all herself in a salon full of good vibes that treats each customer like family.
Restaurant: My recent discovery has been El Maviri in Olathe. I have grown to love this fully customized and renovated space. Every table is treated like family and every customer leaves feeling the taste of what a wholesome establishment can offer the community.
Local Shop: Reset KC and WyCo Vintage offer high-quality secondhand vintage pieces, deadstock sneakers, and streetwear novelty items that are hard to find even on the internet. My favorite things to buy at Reset KC are vintage Chief’s gear and vintage denim jackets.
Beer: My favorite drinks in KC are a Dunkel from KC Bier Co. and the Tank 7 by Boulevard Brewing Co. Luckily, both are served at most places around the area, but whenever I am away and don’t have access to Kansas City’s beer selection, I crave it.