We had the opportunity to sit down the owner of ConsigningWomen, Kathleen Rode who shared her story with me about how she went from crayons to consignment.
Kathleen was born and raised in the region of Niagara, Ontario. She eventually moved to Toronto to pursue a sales and marketing career for some household consumer goods companies such as Lego, Crayola and Liz Claiborne. After 25 years she decided to pursue her passion and open up her own unique designer consignment boutique. I had the pleasure of getting to know a little more about Kathleen and her store.
What first inspired you to open Consigning Women?
My first brush with ‘consignment’ came from a former manager, who is a single mom with two kids. She ran a designer consignment store in Montreal. Suddenly, I was seeing these consignment shops everywhere and I was intrigued.
Following a return to my home town, I decided that the area could use an upscale designer consignment store because they didn’t have one and, as the story goes, Consigning Women was born. The brick & mortar store was open for 9 years from 2009 to 2018.
Today ConsigningWomen is an online store that only sells pre-loved, authentic handbags, jewelry and accessories that are in excellent or very good condition.
What are your most unique pieces?
a) King Baby Jewelry – designed and handmade in California, USA
What are some of your favorite pieces that Consigning Women is offering on LePrix?
a) Tiffany & Co TRT Black/Black Reversible Tote – new, never carried
b) Gucci GG Canvas Bamboo Tassel Continental Wallet – new in box
b) Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Tote
How would you describe the fashion scene in your area?
The area is definitely lacking in speciality fashion stores. Many ladies in the area drive into Toronto for a fashion fix. Consigning Women online is basically the only place to purchase luxury bags such as Dior, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Hermes, etc. in the area.
Kathleen also shared a few of her favorite pieces with me that are being offered on LePrix’s website:
King Baby 925 Sapphire Rosary Cross Wing Pendant Necklace
Judith Leiber Vintage Silver Leather Tassel Bag
Christian Dior Leather Large Gaucho Double Saddle Bag