The Midwest’s Best Fashion Resale (part 2/2)

 Nautical chic from Miu Miu, Lanvin and others at Omaha's Esther's.

Nautical chic from Miu Miu, Lanvin and others at Omaha's Esther's.

I asked some of my chicest friends (and their chicest friends) to tell me their favorite spots for finding great resale and vintage fashion in the region. This is by no means a comprehensive list… not even close. I’d like to think of it as more a work in progress. I’d love it if you shared your faves in the comments.

Omaha, NE

Artifact

2709 Leavenworth St. 

Artifact has put Omaha on the accessories map with their beautiful “buy-it-once” hand-crafted leather goods and waxed canvas bags, but owner Chris Hughes has always been obsessed with vintage. The aesthetic is ruggedly elegant American adventurer — think Hemingway —meets classic rock-n-roll. “Chris has such a specific eye,” Amy Chittenden of Hoxton and Quince says. “Everything he finds is so reputable and so good. You’re not going to get something that’s not worth it.”

Esther’s

805 1/2 S. 75th St.

Everything about Esther’s is like an heirloom fashion secret that well-dressed mothers pass down to their daughters — including the store itself, which is now owned by Esther’s daughter Trish Lonergan. Omaha’s chicest women trust Trish and her expert team with their designer closets. It’s probably the only place in town where you can discover a Jerome Dreyfuss handbag or Aquazzura shoes, but you can also reliably count on finding more “label-y” labels like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Manolo Blahnik.

Lion’s Mane Vintage

6107 Maple St. 

Specializing in mid-20th century clothing, Lion’s Mane is like the restaurant where chefs drink and dine after their own kitchens have closed.  Every vintage expert I spoke with cited it as one of their go-to sources. “They knock it out of the park,” says Chittenden simply.

Scout

5018 Underwood Ave.

With a motto of “Break hearts, not the ozone,” Scout makes it clear that they’re in the consignment game for the sustainability factor. But owner Kelly Newell also has a great eye and cool customers who love to buy and sell fashion at her store. The focus is not so much on designer labels as it is great pieces that have nine lives. Trew says, “I’ll always leave their shop with something in hand that I just have to have,” and I’m the same way.

Lincoln, NE

Stella Collective

101 N. 14th St. No. 7

As the name suggests, this is a magpie’s edit of several different lifestyle products —from new and vintage clothing to furniture home wares to maker craft — with a clean, millennial aesthetic.

Des Moines, IA

Preservation  

321 East Walnut St.

Preservation specializes in vintage worn modern. Photographer and store-owner Nicole Lorenson started an Etsy shop when her own collection outgrew her closet and has evolved it into a cult brand that fashion-lovers of all eras make the trek to Des Moines to check out. “A lot of people from out-of-town come in because they found us on Instagram,” Lorenson says — and a quick look at her feed will show you exactly why.

Kansas City, MO

Clothz Minded 

4115 Pennsylvania Ave.

Andrea Trew of MODafind says that Westport is her first stop for re-sale in KC, so I’m eager to spend some time there soon. In the meantime, her recommendation Clothz Minded totally gets my consignment vote for legit fashion brands, personally styling services and what seems like a hell of a lot of heart.

Minneapolis area

Fashion Avenue

4936 France Avenue South in Edina / 810 East Lake Street in Wayzata

With a fashion editor’s pedigree, these twin Fashion Avenue consignment stores are where NYC editors and stylists have been shipping their clothes for decades. It’s a great spot to score high-end designer style, often with the tags still attached.

Online

NoirOhio

They don’t have a bricks and mortar location yet, but NoirOhio was high on everyone’s list of top-shelf vintage. They do pop-ups and have a robust online presence both via their website and Etsy shop so everyone can join in the fun.

Special thanks to Trish Lonergan at Esther’s, Amy Chittenden of Hoxton and Quince, Nicole Lorenson of Preservation, Alice Blake, Jamie Bell and Andrea Trew of MODafind for their expert insight!

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