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Industry + Insights / July 21, 2019 / Mary Zubritsky
Shop & Chat: With Chicago Consignment
Hey fashion frill-seekers! As you know, LePrix has partnerships with over 600 of the top designer resale shops in the world. That means you needn’t hop on a plane or train to get your hands on some of the world’s most coveted handbags, shoes and gowns. We’ve got them all right here on our site, just waiting to be discovered by you! So, we’re going to do a little blog series where we introduce you to some of our partners, to give you an idea of who they are, what they love, how they curate and how to ensure you get your hands on the best luxury consignment online. We’re going to start off by interviewing Kristie Hess, Co-Founder at Chicago Consignment. Hi, Kristie! Thank you taking the time to speak with me! Can you tell me a little bit about your store and how you handle designer consignment?  Chicago Consignment buys, sells, and consigns authentic Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, and more. We are laser-focused on handbags, wallets, and other luxury leather goods. And how do you curate? We hand-pick and expertly curate everything that’s in our store and online. We have a very strict no fakes policy, which means we only buy and sell pieces that are in excellent condition and 100% authentic. We guarantee it. Which items are the first to go? Currently the brands that fly off our shelves most quickly are leather goods by Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel. Louis Vuitton consignment items disappear as quickly as they appear. How did you get started in the designer consignment business? I grew up overseas in Singapore, and as you now know—thanks in part to “Crazy Rich Asians”—it’s a luxury-focused society. So, I was exposed to top designers as a little girl and that caused me to fall head-over-heels in love with luxury and haute couture. After school, I used to take cabs to Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Chanel, and others, to window shop and wish upon a star that one day I could own some—if not all—of their items. Once we moved back home to the United States, my parents drove me to and from school and that meant my afternoons at Louis Vuitton were officially over. When I got to high school, I snagged my first job and my goal was to save enough money to go back to Singapore and go shopping. Once I made this dream a reality, I made it a point to visit all the stores I had fawned over as a young girl, but to my dismay, none of the items made my heart flutter like they did in the past—it was kind of heartbreaking. So, I ventured over to a few secondhand stores and that’s where I bought my first luxury piece…a Cartier Love ring! When I first slipped on the ring, my heart fluttered, I felt like Cinderella and the world stopped spinning for a second. I felt so lucky to have found a ring that I loved so much, and that I clearly couldn't afford if I bought it in the Cartier boutique across the street. And thus began my love affair with designer resale. On my trip back home, I decided I would start buying gorgeous, highly coveted items from designer resale shops. And with that, I launched my own designer resale business, Chicago Consignment, so other men and women could experience the same feeling of euphoria I had when I purchased that Cartier ring in Singapore.

Cartier Love Ring 

What’s the most amazing item you’ve ever had at Chicago Consignment? OMG, the most amazing item we’ve ever had to date is the Louis Vuitton Python Artsy bag. Since then, we’ve had a number of these bags, and each one is more stunning than the last. Another bag that is a favorite of mine is the Louis Vuitton Odeon. And guess what? We have many of these in stock now so get your hands on consignment Louis Vuitton at CC!

Louis Vuitton Python Artsy Bag

 

Louis Vuitton Odeon Bag

What is your authentication process like? We use Entrupy, which is a technology-driven, authentication solution for luxury goods. How does your designer consignment policy work? You will receive up to 70% of the final sale price. And other advice to luxury-aholics like yourself? When it comes to shopping consignment, if you see a great deal, snatch it up immediately! Good deals on good pieces go fast, so it’s almost like a game. If you want it, grab it! Otherwise you might regret it! And be sure to stalk out your favorite designment consignment websites to keep track of items and pricing on the daily! Also, always message the seller with questions, offers, and any concerns you may have before purchasing your item. Sellers are always willing to work with you and they love to hear from their customers. Shop all of Chicago Consignment's items at LePrix. Consign with LePrix—it’s easy! We know you’ve got great style (duh) and that’s why we’d be beyond thrilled if you’d share your closet with us! Whether you’re looking for white glove service or you’re more of a DIYer, we’re here to help you make money! If you’d like to give your fabulous designer items a new home, there are two easy ways to consign with LePrix:
  1. Try a local boutique! With over 600 boutique partners on our platform, you might have one located right up the street. To find out about consigning your items with a boutique near you, click here!
  2. Nothing local yet? Sorry. How about mailing us your items? Try our White Glove Consignment Service, in partnership with Luxury Garage Sale. Simply fill out this form to receive your free consignment kit and someone from LGS will reach out to you once they’ve reviewed your request.
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