Coveted Pieces from Celebrity Closets
What woman wouldn’t love to raid the closets of Vancouver’s wealthiest socialites? For self-professed girlie-girl Jigme Love, it’s all just in a day’s work.
The inspiration for her luxury designer resale store began to take root for Jigme when she was living in image-conscious Los Angeles. The savvy shopper couldn’t afford the coveted celebrity pieces, so she began to buy, trade and sell designer clothes.“I would shop at these amazing designer resale stores for clothes that were either never worn or barely used. It was affordable and better still, sustainable,” Jigme recalls.
When she moved back to Vancouver in early 2013, the freelance business writer wanted a career change. A graduate of the International University of Monaco, Jigme possessed a business background and a love of designer fashion. “Then, one day it struck me like a light bulb moment,” says Jigme. “I love beautiful clothes, why not a resale luxury women’s store?”
Jigme began networking with fashion bloggers and local actors, and attending cocktail parties in the city’s swankier postal codes. “Eventually, the city’s affluent and stylish taste-makers, and high profile women in the fashion industry began opening their closets to me,” says Jigme.
In September 2013, Jigme partnered with trendsetter and marketing guru Courtney Watkins and opened the doors at Mine & Yours. Today, the upscale resale shop carries on-trend, in-season pieces from the world’s most coveted designer labels (including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Isabel Marant, Valentino and Gucci) for 60- to 80-percent less than the original retail price.
A Million Dollar Look for Less
Do you long for a buttery soft Chanel handbag but don’t have $7,000 to spend? Mine & Yours sells high-quality, like-new handbags for much less than you’d find in your local department store. “The purses we carry have to be in mint condition,” says the shop’s buyer, Tina Braumberger. “We had a local movie star bring in a Celine bag that was used in a movie shoot; it retailed for $2,300 and we sold it for $595.”
The shelves and racks at Mine & Yours are bursting with luxe hand-me-down fashions, some still displaying their price tags. Nearly everything in this chic boutique is from a well-curated collection and is hand-selected by Tina, Jigme and Courtney. There are dresses, jackets, slacks, jeans and more, as well shoes, jewellery and accessories to complete your designer look to perfection.
Walking through the store, Tina stops in front of a pair of Adam Selman pearl-encrusted shorts still sporting a price tag of $395.00 USD. “These shorts were brought in by a New York client who decided they didn’t suit her,” she notes. “We also had a Valentino necklace, one of only two handcrafted in the world, that one of our suppliers brought in. There was real excitement in the store when that piece came in.”
To ensure fashion-forward customers aren’t paying for designer knock-offs, the team at Mine & Yours has hired a third-party luxury goods authenticator. So when you lay down $4,995 for that blue Chanel handbag worth $7,000, you’ll be guaranteed that you’re getting the real deal.
“We’ve also been trained to know what to look for,” adds Tina with a smile. “My eyes light up when we find those extraordinary pieces and they are the real thing.”
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