Monday, 11 April 2011 19:00
On April 2, 2011, La Kokette, a clothing consignment store, held its grand opening at 1438 Liberty Road (behind Arby’s, in the same plaza as CVS, Cobblestone Tavern and Grille, and TriStar Martial Arts). It was an upscale event, complete with complimentary pastries and chocolates. The store has unused and gently used wedding dresses, prom gowns, shoes, handbags, jewelry, perfume, some decorative household items, and upscale clothing
Upscale doesn’t necessarily mean expensive, however. Residents may have seen the ad and coupons for La Kokette in The Clipper or Consumer Eye mailers this month. Owner Gizalia Davis says this is a great time to open a store like hers. “Right now we are offering prom gowns starting at $25. Where else you can get this price? With the current economy situation, people shop consciously, and La Kokette is the place for bargain shoppers.”
Davis has lived in Eldersburg since 2002, when she came to the U.S. from Russia. She loves it here and considers it home. In Russia, she worked in the fashion industry starting at age 16, studied as a fashion designer, and had her own boutique by the age of 23. When she came to the U.S., she faced some major setbacks, but eventually overcame them. “Now I am free and finally able do what I do best -- dress people and help them feel better about themselves,” she says.
Davis is also a tailor, who has been providing full alteration and repair service to clients at their homes and offices through her company, Tailor on Call. She provides master tailoring and even hand-delivers garments to customers’ doorsteps within one week.
She also makes soaps and sells beauty products. She once sold them at craft shows and farmer’s markets; now she sells them at La Kokette. “I have a lot of follow up customers [at the store] that have used my tailoring services before or bought my skin care products.”
La Kokette will pay consignors 50% of the amount that each item sells for, and make best efforts to sell items. After 20 days on the rack, items will be marked down 20%, and after 40 days they will be marked down 40%. After 60 days, unsold items are removed from the sales floor. For customers, this means there are always new items, with variety and affordable prices.
La Kokette accepts clothes, shoes, jewelry, and bags on consignment. Items must be seasonal, in style, current (within the last 2 years), and in excellent condition. Davis asks that consigners make appointments, and bring only garments that are freshly cleaned, ironed, and on hangers, with no stains, odor, holes, or missing buttons. Those interested in consigning may call 410-920-3377 to set up an appointment.
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