After my lively conversation with Gary Scheiner next door at Gentlemen’s Resale, who got his start at Designer Revival thanks to the original owner – his mother-in-law – I was eager to pay a visit to the upscale women’s consignment shop. I was met by Tiffany Keriakos, who took over as owner in the spring of 2015, despite having no experience in the consignment/fashion world. Coming from a beauty marketing background, Tiffany chose to begin her new career after having her first child. “I’ve always wanted to have my own store,” she said with a broad smile.
Tiffany clearly has a great deal of respect for Myrna Skoller, the woman who began the shop as “Designer Resale” in the early nineties. Myrna was considered a pioneer in a neighborhood that is now filled with consignment stores. She wrote a book, published in 2013, about her experience, titled “Miracle on 81st Street: Designer Resale – A Girl’s Dream.” Tiffany, who shopped at the store for many years before taking over, described Myrna as a “spunky, sexy seventy-four-year-old” and gushed about her role in the resale community. Tiffany has kept most of Myrna’s tried and true consignment policies. Like Myrna, she continues to carry a combination of high end and casual garments.
Tiffany, however, has plans to make some significant changes to the boutique. Along with tweaking the name to make it sound a little more hip, she is renovating the enormous, 4,000 square foot space so that each room features one type of clothing (coats, tops, shoes, etc.). She wants people to be able to find things easily and have a good time simply walking around. “It’s cozier than your average store,” she said, adding, “The experience of walking in is enjoyable here.” Tiffany has also shifted the rooms around, turning the old office into a photo studio. In warmer months, she looks forward to using the small garden in the back for events.
Because of the size of her store and the significant amount of storage space, Tiffany welcomes items from every season all year round. When I asked what she felt her target audience to be, Tiffany replied “anyone from twenty-one to eighty,” covering recent college graduates who need work clothes to women on a pension who still like to go shopping. Her stock changes almost daily. She informed me that everything, including the Chanel bag I was ogling, has been verified by an authenticator. “It’s accessible luxury,” Tiffany said, adding, “It’s a glamorous treasure hunt.”