When I think back on my fondest dresses, I’ve usually found my favorites (besides the ones I’ve made) at vintage or second hand shops. I can’t stomach—or afford!—the full prices of things I love in most department stores (if I really love something, I’ll usually just try to figure out how to make it myself). Some of my best-dressed friends are also inveterate thrifters and second hand junkies.
This is why I was interested when I recently met Kate Sekules, founder of Refashioner, a new website that acts as a curated consignment shop for pre-loved couture and designer fashions. The site will sell anything from big designer labels, to vintage, to nice pieces from places like J Crew. And, if they’re high quality, they’ll even take your handmade creations. Unlike venues like eBay and Etsy, this site is all about the clothes, and the staff carefully edits the selections. Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar consignment shops, which take between 40 and 60 percent, Refashioner takes a minimal 20 percent (plus a 2 percent admin fee). If you’re just buying, there’s no fee.
Kate and I met in her Brooklyn home to chat about the company, what it means to invest in a beautiful wardrobe, and why we should keep good clothes in rotation.
On another note, I’ve got a new Thread Cult Twitter account: @ThreadCultRadio. If you’ve got any suggestions for the show—like people you’d be interested in hearing about or subjects you think would make a great podcast—tweet ’em to me. Of course, you can always leave suggestions in the comments here, too.