Store owner Abigail Barth models a one-of-a-form ferragamo belt outlet Cashmere Sally coat.
The connection between a woman and her clothes is very personal. And Abigail Barth, owner of ReFind Fashion, a consignment boutique that opened on Monroe Street final November, is aware of that better than most. "Every customer that comes in has a narrative concerning the sweater, hat or pair of sneakers I’m helping her to rehome," says Barth. She thinks of it this manner: "By opening this store, I guarantee these pieces will proceed to create new stories."
ReFind Style’s 900-square-foot house, for years dwelling to Walters’ Swim N’ Solar, is totally stocked with equal elements trendy and vintage style, however it’s with the latter that Barth’s sartorial passions truly lie. "I need individuals to find that they don’t must deal with vintage with kid gloves, both figuratively or literally," says Barth. She recurrently mixes retro items with distinctive fashionable objects in her shows. "Not only can you pair a 1960s beaded wool jacket with jeans you purchased final week at Goal, you absolutely ought to," she says.
Do the time warp among hats, sneakers, bags and more.
It’s vital to Barth that all the things in the store be affordable, even the designer items — of which ReFind Style has many. A palm tree-themed Diane von Furstenberg gown circa 1973 goes for $125, whereas a 2015 leaf print version from the same label is $68. A red St. John sweater dress is $85. A pair of silvery Ferragamo heels, one of footwear’s priciest brands, sells for a mere $45. The vast majority of items in the store are below $50; the consignment break up on all items is 60/40 (with 60 p.c going to the retailer). Stock adjustments each day.
Not the whole lot in retailer is "used" in the normal sense of the phrase. ReFind Style also sells domestically made upcycled gadgets impressed by the store’s "everything outdated is new again" mantra. Lux & Lace by JLP’s colorful aprons, crafted from vintage sheets, make an amazing hostess gift for $25. And a fun and funky line of 1-of-a-kind coats known as Cashmere Sally, long-established from reclaimed fabrics, are within the $a hundred range.
"I’m so inspired being on Monroe Avenue," says Barth. "With its long historical past of profitable shops, so many run by women, I’m confident I’ve discovered the place the place I belong." She feels the situation, with its robust neighborhood feel and proximity to Edgewood School in addition to UW-Madison campus, shall be a boon. "You’d be shocked what number of school girls are into vintage consignment. They are the era inheriting Aunt Dorothy’s occasion dresses and furs and want her stuff to go to someone who will fully respect it."
It’s clearly this likelihood to broker exchanges among trend fans that excites Barth essentially the most about her new enterprise. "A few weeks back, a buyer dropped off the dress she wore to her husband’s regulation school graduation in 1974," says Barth.