Since launching in August 2012, partners Helen Siwak and Vlassis Xanthopoulos have been thrifting for treasures, scouring craigslist for freebies and hitting yard sales every weekend looking for items that fulfill their 3R's philosophy: Reduce, ReUse & Recycle. They believe by buying second hand patrons reduce the amount of natural resources needed for the production of new items, reduces environmental damage, and lessens the human toll of labour that may be underage and underpaid.
The partners were so pleased with the initial online response to their items, in October Kitsilano Kitty's Closet built on it's ebay storefront (http://stores.ebay.com/
Only a few months later, Kitsilano Kitty's Closet is now working with high end retail stores move their deadstock and out of season items that take up valuable rack space or crowd storerooms and warehouses. This is a big step next step for the two partners who acknowledge that there is a high level of trust that must be held between the consignor and consignee especially when garments are $500 and over.
"When dealing with European designers like Malene Birger, Laurel Germany, and Luisa Cerano, we must ensure that these items are first and foremost safe from harm while in our possession and that we know the market well enough to get the best price possible for their luxury line items." says president Helen Siwak.
With textile recycling burgeoning into a billion dollar a year industry, small online businesses like Kitsilano Kitty's Closet have the opportunity to grow one pair of Gucci's at a time!