Designer Duds for less, cost-conscious resale trend lets customers dress ‘in style’ while saving money and the planet – CBS Miami


PLANTATION (CBSMiami) – Clothes Mentor in Plantation is a resale clothing chain that offers second-hand designer clothes, shoes and accessories for women.

Owner Holly Morris, who grew up in South Florida, quit her job for a New York tech company and opened her franchise just before the COVID shutdown. As soon as the stores reopened, its activity exploded.

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“It seems like something that sticks,” CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo said.

“It’s been a growing part of the fashion industry for years. In fact, I believe it is the fastest growing part, sector, of the fashion industry. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry every year,” Morris said.

Clothing resale stores like Clothes Mentor are different from thrift stores because they buy directly from customers and are very particular about every item they sell.

“I would say that we refuse more than we take. Items are used. These are lightly used used parts, but we examine each part carefully,” she said.

The store is stocked with women’s shoes, bags, dresses, and more.

It has all the brands, including high-end designer names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, YSL, and more.

Prices are generally more than 70% below retail price.

“This is Diane Von Furstenberg. It still has original DVF tags on it,” Morris said, showing off a blue dress. “It started at $598. They had it on sale for $358. We’re selling it for $60. This dress has never been worn.”

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Diane Von Furstenberg dress at a reduced price. (CBS4)

A Roberto Cavalli midi dress sells for around $400 in stores. It’s $82 here. The all-new Diane Von Furstenberg all-leather leggings have an original price of nearly $800 and are priced at $200 here.

“People have these wonderful, high-end, expensive designer pieces that they have in their closets. They’d rather get money for it and give it to someone else who’s going to love it,” Morris said.

There’s also the sustainability factor, as the fashion industry has been criticized as one of the biggest polluters in the world.

“This idea of ​​giving clothes a second chance and a second life. Being able to buy a pair of jeans that’s been worn two or three times, and not have them end up in a landfill, is really appealing to a lot of people, especially younger generations,” Morris said.

Clothes Mentor even has a stylist who helps customers like Cari Ansell who finds herself looking for bargains here almost every week.

“This place is awesome. I don’t like malls. I go in, I’m pointed in the right direction, I find my things and I try and I go out,” Ansell said.

If you’re interested in selling your clothes to the Clothing Mentor, Morris said to make sure the items are in great condition and no more than two to three years old. Vintage designer handbags are the exception.

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