Magazine article Variety

L.A.'S Recycled Riches

Magazine article Variety

L.A.'S Recycled Riches

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Quenching buyers' fixation with marquee designer brands, these high-end resale shops recycle fashions with a nod to statement pieces. Sellers are typically rewarded with a 50-50 split of the sale.

No longer is wearing used clothing and accessories stigmatized: it's now a value proposition. kathy a. mcdonald

O Ampersand Boutique

Laura Armstrong opened Larchmont Avenue's Ampersand Boutique 514 years ago. "We have a curated selection of high/low products, designer brands plus unique pieces," she says. Women's offerings are showcased by color and type of clothing; sizing runs small, medium, and large. "For us, we love pairing vintage and modern; we deal with timeless beautiful pieces from every era," she says. More than 2,000 sellers confidentially consign at the wellorganized shop. Dresses are the bestsellers. Her No. 1 tip for resale shoppers: "If you find something you love, buy it there and then, as it will likely be gone if you come back for it."

O Decades

"All six of the 'Charlie's Angels' [stars] have consigned with us," says Christos Garkinos, co-owner of Decades, the Melrose Avenue boutique specializing in gently used or never worn contemporary haute couture and coveted vintage pieces. Garkinos and partner Cameron Silver shop the world for finds; Garkinos says he personally looks at more than 100.000 pieces a year, culled from 5.000 registered consigners, to select the store's revolving 8,000item inventory. "Divorce, moving, weight gain, or weight loss are nirvana for me," he adds. Chanel is the biggest seller. Holiday season will see the addition of such giftable fashion items as Versace plates and Louis Vuitton trunks. There are plans to re-launch the men's department in November. "It's a treasure hunt for people," Garkinos says of his customers, who include costume designers from "Notorious," "Suits," as well as Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson. …

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