In a city starved for luxury flagship retail stores, consignment shops are the closest thing fashionistas have to getting the same haute couture looks worn by the world's rich and famous.
Although the fashions might not always be current, they are always a fraction of the cost of clothes found in the shopping districts of New York, Paris, London and L. In Baltimore, the Roland Park neighborhood offers the greatest concentration of high-end consignment shops. Wendell frequents consignment shops in Roland Park and promotes them. The area has "a lot of wealthy high-end customers who end up with too many clothes in their closets. It's easier shopping. It's very quaint to be in those types of stores. It works when they are all close together.
Kaplan opened her boutique to share her love of luxury designers with others. A good amount of its merchandise is from her own collection, and Kaplan said she loves the adventure of hunting down designer finds and passing them on to her customers. This is a practice some larger retailers use when items do not sell or there is a surplus at the end of the season. Jenny Teeter of Westminster is a longtime consignment shop customer. She's been shopping at Wear It's At in Pikesville since it opened in In addition to the designer merchandise, she likes the relationship between customer and staff that isn't always found at a mall.
They are very helpful," she said. It's the people, first and foremost. They have great staff and customer service. They are tremendously helpful trying to find you the right item in the store. Mary Box, a Phoenix resident, has been a customer of Vogue Revisited in Roland Park since and loves the Chanel pieces she has found over the years. Owner Andrea Kaplan has taken her affinity for designer clothing and turned it into a business.
Her boutique, which opened in , features an extensive collection of shoes — from Christian Louboutin to Dior — handbags and gowns. Tip: If you're looking for vintage evening wear, this boutique has you covered. The shop is a treasure-trove of gowns from Anna Sui to Oscar de la Renta. Upon her return to Baltimore, Braun contacted Linda Eisenbrandt, and the two friends opened their consignment shop soon after.
From Chanel to Etro, they continually carry some of the hottest names in fashion. Tip: Braun and Eisenbrandt pride themselves on their ability to dress their customers in complete designer ensembles from head to toe. Don't forget to check out the boutique's section of St. John and plus-size options. At first glance, you wouldn't know that this 19th-century Victorian-style stone house contains an impressive collection of men's and women's clothing. In addition to benefiting a good cause — all proceeds support homeless outreach in Towson — there are great finds.
The "brand-name label room" has lines from Banana Republic and Anthropologie, among other retailers. Tip: Shop here at the end of July. From July 21 to July 24, all merchandise is 50 percent off. The shop's annual Five Dollar Sale is July 25 and The goal of the sale is to "empty the store in anticipation of fall inventory," according to Erin Woodward, volunteer director. The boutique, which opened in , is set next to a tailor and homes. Owner Chris Anderson does a great job of packing the store with a variety of brands.
It's not uncommon to find a J. Crew dress alongside a Tibi tunic. Tip: Don't forget the jewelry. Vogue Revisited carries pieces from David Yurman, Michele watches and a lot of vintage and costume jewelry. Janina McNinney's store, which opened in , is split evenly between home furniture and women's fashion. Most of the top designer brands are represented. The shop's collection of formal wear and jewelry are also of note.
Tip: Allow McNinney to help you put an outfit together. Owner Cris Werneck opened this shop in It specializes in brands typically found in malls. Werneck also mixes in European designers and vintage clothing. Tip: Be prepared for honesty. Werneck prides herself on helping customers find the best clothes to fit their figure. Owner Stephanie Torrible, who opened the shop in , has expanded twice to neighboring buildings.
The store features merchandise from more than 6, consignors. Tip: Look for the color tags. Certain tagged items can be marked up to 75 percent off. Also visit the shop's designer room, which features designer merchandise from the likes of Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
Owner Ella Rosson says she specializes in top designers in the shop she opened in Fendi, Armani," said the former clothing designer. Rosson has an old-school approach to her business. She encourages customers to visit the store and try on her merchandise. Things look good in pictures, but not necessarily on people. Tip: If you are a fan of Louis Vuitton luggage and Chanel pieces, this is the shop for you.
Known for her collection of St. John, gowns and winter furs, owner Jan Nuscher opened this shop in John, gowns — a whole wall full of gowns — and a couple racks of furs in the winter," employee Debi Martini said. Tip: In some cases, the store will purchase your items directly instead of going through the consignment process. It's very stylish," she said. Tip: Make sure you sign up for the "Wish List. Skip to content. Consignment shop owners say the key to finding great items is to shop often.
A sampling of some of the area's consignment shops. Love Me Two Times. The Surprise Shop. Vogue Revisited. Style Finds Consignment. Wear It's At. Last Tango. La Chic Boutique. This mother-daughter team honors a lost loved one with their Bel Air menswear shop. Christian Siriano, Bishme Cromartie rejoin for Baltimore fashion exhibit.
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