Friday, April 4, 2014

Le Start & Le Team


Le Thrift Consignment Boutique founder, Christine Sanderson, found herself, like many others, unemployed during the recession. As a single mother, a budget for a great career wardrobe was challenging during this time.

Christine turned to consignment and thrift stores to fill her closet with stylish options, often receiving compliments for her outfits. It was during this time when Christine decided to follow her dreams of selling gently loved designer items in a high end and luxurious boutique without the hefty price tag.

Le Thrift Consignment Boutique started online in August 2009.  She worked out of her house, slowly networked and sold designer items online to her friends, families and referrals. The business grew at a rapid pace and in May 2011, Christine opened Le Thrift Consignment Boutique in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. In March 2014, Christine moved her expanding business to a larger storefront located West Town, Chicago. 

Le Thrift Consignment Boutique now consigns designer women's and men's apparel, accessories and home pieces.  Le Thrift Consignment continues to push beyond the boutique boundaries by offering stylist services, wardrobe editing, closet organization, image consultant and personal shopping.  These services make Le Thrift Consignment Boutique the one-stop shop for all of your style needs.

Christine has been slowly building a staff to support her vision and her growing business.  Meet the Le Thrift Consignment Boutique Team!

Christine Sanderson

Christine has a background in design, fashion and art. She has been painting for 15 years and was a graphic designer for 12 years. She was a mid-west representative for Tom Ford eye wear and gained extensive retail and sales experience in the fashion industry. She also served as a design consultant for fashion magazines, children's clothing and home and restaurant interior design.

Christine established Le Thrift Consignment Boutique to provide a unique shopping experience for men and women of all income levels with exceptional customer service.  She takes a creative role with the store branding, merchandising and marketing. She also places her strong customer and consignor relationships as the priority. 

The part of Le Thrift Consignment Boutique's mission that Christine holds close to her heart is building relationships with charities.  She is grateful for the community who supported her through the years and is honored to provide fundraising options benefitting those in need.

Thomas Vaughan
Retail Operations Manager

Thomas was born in Arkansas and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater with a Minor in Art at the University of Central Arkansas. Thomas moved to Chicago in 2011 and pursued a career as a fashion stylist and has also become Christine's right hand at Le Thrift Consignment Boutique!

Thomas wears two hats at Le Thrift Consignment Boutique.  As the Retail Operations Manager, Thomas is responsible for creating the window displays, consignment inventory, managing sales associates, coordinating events and handling the boutique supply needs.
As the resident Le Thrift Stylist, Thomas provides services that enhances the Le Thrift experience for the customer.  He provides stylist services, wardrobe editing, closet organization, image consultation and personal shopping.

Thomas' fashion philosophy isn't necessarily about the latest trend or the newest look. Fashion is about making a woman look and feel like the best version of herself. This young, enthusiastic Stylist is ready to take your wardrobe to the next level!

Marlo Irizarry
Customer Relations Consultant

Marlo lives in the Logan Square neighborhood and is completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from DePaul University.  Marlo's previous experience lies in small business and the not for profit sector for the past thirteen years.  Marlo met Christine and Le Thrift Consignment Boutique through networking within the fashion and beauty industries.

As the Customer Relations Consultant for Le Thrift Consignment Boutique, Marlo is responsible for assisting Christine and Thomas in planning, coordination, marketing and customer-oriented tasks. She looks forward to helping Christine grow the business in the new location and building strong relationships with our clients and customers.
Lotta Yanong

Lotta was born and raised in Chicago and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She currently works as a CPA in the tax industry. She has over 20 years of professional business experience within both the public and private sector.

Lotta loves digging for vintage at estate sales and thrift stores and finds joy in researching the history of vintage finds, keeping abreast of fashion trends and designing jewelry. Lotta started a blog named Lotta de Luxe to share inspiration related to style, wellness and travel.

She joined the Le Thrift Consignment Team in the summer of 2013 as a way to stay creative in the industry and to contribute to building Le Thrift Consignment Boutique's presence on the internet.  Her posts on the Le Thriftonista blog range from highlighting Le Thrift Consignment Boutique services, events and inventory pieces to promoting cool Chicago-based designers and industry-related businesses.  Style inspiration from music, movies and trends round out the topics.
She is more than thrilled to support Christine realize her dream and is grateful to be working with such a caring and talented team.
Designer & Brand Names!
Chanel, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, Burberry, Furla, Prada, Christian Lacroix, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana
and much more!

Visit us at 1821 West Chicago Ave in West Town, Chicago or online on ebay!


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