By Marlena Chavira-Medford
If you think high-end fashion always means paying top dollar, think again. La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique is proof that you can score plenty of luxury labels without breaking the bank.
The recently opened consignment boutique in Solana Beach is brimming with handbags, shoes, and apparel — all of it by top designers such as Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Armani and Valentino, at a fraction of what you’d pay at a typical retail store.
All of the inventory here is handpicked by boutique owner Janet Sinclair, who cut her teeth in the fashion world as a booking agent for a top modeling agency in New York City during the late ‘70s.
“Being in the fashion scene, we’d frequent places like Studio 54; and though I wasn’t making much, I still had to look the part,” she recalled.
That led her straight to New York City’s high-end consignment boutiques, where she quickly learned that her behind-the-scenes experience in the fashion world gave her an exceptionally keen eye for good finds. After three decades in the fashion and beauty industry, Sinclair has honed that skill to an art.
“I love fashion, and a good deal. La Femme Chic is a way for me to combine those loves. It’s also a way for me to help women find that special piece that’s going to make them feel beautiful, whatever their price point and whatever their style. I strive to carry a variety because I want there to be something for everyone here.”
Because of that, the inventory ranges from $10 to $1,000 and appeals to everyone from that college student looking for designer jeans to a polished professional in the market for an elegant cocktail dress. There’s also an interesting mix of accessories and jewelry, including handmade pieces by Solana Beach resident Cecilia
Delvaux, who incorporates vintage and antique elements into her creations. And with horse racing season on the not-too-distant horizon, Sinclair is already beefing up her hat inventory and accepting consignments.
“One of the best parts of being in the consignment business is seeing someone bring in something that they no longer have a use for, and watching their face light up when they learn someone else is now enjoying it.”
Consignment is a form of recycling, Sinclair added, not to mention it’s a great way to turn your closet into cash because sellers get 40 percent of the sale. Anyone interested in consigning can drop into the boutique, where they’ll also likely get a chance to meet Sinclair’s greyhound Sedona. The Greyhound Adoption Center rescued Sedona from a racetrack in Tijuana, saving her from a tough existence. These days, Sedona spends most of her days at the boutique, where she is fast becoming a favorite among customers. Sedona is so much a part of the store, in fact, that she is featured in the store’s logo on the sign out front.
Sedona has inspired Sinclair to also become an advocate for rescue efforts dedicated to the breed, and therefore her grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 19, will benefit the Greyhound Adoption Center. The event, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature complimentary appetizers and wine, as well as drawings for some great prizes, including a new Louis Vuitton handbag, There will also be photographer onsite offering complimentary headshots, and a makeup artist and hair stylist to help get you primped. RSVP is required for this event by visiting lafemmechicconsignment.com.
La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique is located at 415 S. Cedros. For more information, please call 858-345-1480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.