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Cashmere, Kashmir, GOAT?!

11/24/2017 9:57 AM

Cashmere, Kashmir, GOAT?!

Cashmere Wool: Usually simply known as cashmere, is a fiber obtained from cashmere goats and other type of goats. Yes we said it "Cashmere Goats!" This must be the chicest of all the goats. We at Consignista can only image being wrapped up in cashmere 365 days a year; thought you all would agree! 

CASHMERE FUN FACT: 

Cashmere is finer, stronger, lighter, softer and approximately three times more insulating than sheep wool. 

The word cashmere is an old spelling of the Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of the Indian Subcontinent. Until the mid-19th century, the term "Kashmir" denoted only the Kashmir Valley between the Great Himalayans and the Pir Panjal Range. 

Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or under-down of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. For the fine under-down to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing, the resulting "cashmere" is ready to be dyed and converted into textile yarn, fabrics and garments.

Knock, Knock, Fall's Here Are You Ready?
If you haven't had the time to fill your closet with new Fall fashions, then you may want to hold off on packing some of your versatile #summer2fall fashion duds. With a few simple styling secrets you can take your favorite Summer basics into Fall. Like pairing your Tuxedo Strip Pants from those Summer nights with a long sleeve top is an easy flip to having you looking chic in the Fall. 

Got that perfect strapless Red Dress hanging in your closet? A simple red dress can span the seasons with just a clever cover-up or even pairing a wrap dress with the addition of a blazer/motorcycle jacket and close-toed shoes or motorcycle boot. 

With Black Shorts it doesn't get easier than this! Make a classic pair of black shorts winter-ready with the addition of seasonal tights of your liking. For added warmth-consider hosiery. 

Trousers aren't solely for sunshine-filled days of what was a beautiful summer's day by the pool. Trousers can be paired with a matching print top and can even add a nice boyfriend blazer. For the Fall day where Happy Hour is sunny and you don't wanna feel weighted down... trousers with an embellished tee and a bright bag can be FIRE for FALL! 

Leather Leggings are always in, yes all year round (only leather*). Just layer on a sweater/cardigan/vest--velvet or cashmere for that chill relaxed Fall night. 

If you haven't invested in a Jumpsuit yet, we highly recommended you add a few of these to your closet. Our favorite being the Sleeveless Jumpsuit paired with a jacket that will help make that low- cut neckline pop. If the occasion is right add some sequins or bling. 

The Classic Jean Skirt goes with anything and is great for those Fall casual nights with a silky long sleeve top.

What's the value of the handbags hiding in your closet?

Handbags have surpassed watches and footwear as signature items that instantly tell the world of the owner’s sense of style and fashion. It's estimated that on average women own 13 handbags across 7 different designers. 

The general rule of thumb on how long you should keep a designer handbag before you consider selling it is a year. Why? It's still going to be in great condition, and if there is some form of seasonality to its style, you'll be back in that same season as when you bought it. The purchase of "elite designer" handbags can be justified by the steadily increasing resale market where certain luxury handbags like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci actually appreciate in value. 

Now ask yourself, which designer handbag do you need to have and which handbag are you ready to consign? You could earn 60-80%* on your designer consignment with us. 


*certain terms and conditions apply

Let's Try to Stop Upsetting Mother Nature

While the State of Texas is still in turmoil over Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma is up to devastating mischief. Referred to as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm with winds of up to 155 miles an hour it's truly frightening. 

It is reported that Hurricane Harvey, a Category 3 hurricane was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the US since Wilma in 2005 ending a 12 year drought. Harvey is also reported to be the third-costliest Atlantic hurricane causing approximately $70 billion in damage. Who knows what Irma will do.

You may ask yourself why we are writing about hurricane's and what does it have to do with designer consignment? To be honest, not much HOWEVER it is clear that global warming is a very real problem and one we all need to be more mindful of. What is relevant to us and this story is consignment is a great way of making some extra money or making a donation to that cause or charity AND you are recycling which is ever important to the global warming problem we have. 

We bet you didn't know that the average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year - that's a lot people. If you're thinking I can't be bothered to head to a consignment store with a bag full of no longer wanted clothing, use our premium concierge service where we will come to you and take care of the whole process. It can't get any easier than that! It may also mean that there's a chance that Mother Nature will become a little happier and she may refrain from showing her wrath to the degree she currently is.   

Food For Thought

5/14/2017 11:06 AM

Food For Thought

OK so here's the question; do you prefer to buy designer clothes, shoes and handbags or are you just as happy and still get the thrill when you make a high street fashion purchase? Either preference is fine but have you stopped to think about the resale value of that purchase?

Here's why we ask, we realize that buying that Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM tote may hit deep into the bank account at an estimated retail price of $1050; In fact, you may have even been saving in what seems like forever to buy that coveted piece but, is it really that expensive when you can re-sell that sought after bag for upwards of $700? We don't think so. Of course, you may never want to sell it and that is completely fine but it does make that hefty retail price seem not so bad in the event that one day you do sell it. It's kinda like shopping without the guilt.

Sell it, earn some money from it and upgrade that handbag for another Louis or perhaps you've cast your eye on a Chanel bag or HermèsHave you even considered buying a handbag on consignment? It really is becoming the new way to shop. Some bags have never even been used. And no, we're not crazy!

And resale value of designer items doesn't just extend to bags, it reaches clothes and shoes too. New shoes such as Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps and Chanel to boot (no pun intended) without the retail price. 

Just some food for thought. Happy shopping!

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