How I Started Consignment Brooklyn by Cleaning Out My Closet
Around 2004, I started cleaning out my closet and I noticed that there was so much I wasn’t wearing or fitting into over the years. I asked around and, sure enough, my friends and colleagues were experiencing the same thing. My previous Brooklyn storefront, Butter, had become a downtown Brooklyn staple by that time, and I started to plan how I could create a shopping experience from my unworn pieces. Once my clients caught wind of my venture, they started cleaning out their closets as well. With the intention of creating a sustainably elevated shopping and consigning experience for my customers, Consignment Brooklyn was born. No business plan, just an idea and my intuition. Everyone thought I was crazy! But I loved the idea and went with it.
With my keen eye for fashion, style, and a knowledge of the industry, I trained my team to pick the best consignment gems for our racks. We are all constantly seeking out items that are timeless, cool, and interesting. I’m so thankful for my fabulous consignors who bring us the best of Brooklyn fashion and beyond—everything from Rachel Comey to Dries Van Noten, KITH to vintage Alaia. My hands-on buying team oversees a meticulous review and appraisal process to ensure that all merchandise is up to par and beautifully curated in my Brooklyn storefront and online shop.
Over the years, my consignors have always brought in incredible vintage pieces, so the launch of CBK Vintage was a pretty organic move. Just down the block from the main storefront on Atlantic Avenue, our satellite storefront, CBK Vintage, is filled to the brim with all sorts of treasures. We have been getting a ton of ultra-bohemian pieces from the ’60s and ’70s lately, as well as ’80s blouses and blazers with power shoulders. We all know that fashion is cyclical, and it is cool to see these trends resurface alongside some of the more contemporary designers we carry.
Visit us online and in store for many one-of-a-kind finds, and check out my favorite CBK pieces on Garmentory, below!