The East Bay's Luxury Consignment Shops

Orinda’s Rechic 101

Orinda’s Rechic 101

Score designer fashions—and save money—at these local high-end stores.

If you’ve always coveted a Louis Vuitton bag, you can find one for a fraction of the retail price here in the East Bay, where consignment shops are booming. That means you might score an “It” bag, a Joie blouse that feels brand-new, or rare European labels at 25 to 50 percent off retail. Fast-fashion prices without creating more environmental waste—it’s a shopping win-win.

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Albany Shop Rises & Shines


With the holidays upon us, there are two things circling people’s minds: gift shopping, and how to stay calm during the festive but hectic holiday season. Morningtide, a lifestyle shop in Albany, both inspires and anticipates these impulses.

The store is the passion project of Lisa Fontaine and Lisa Jackson. Located off lower Solano Avenue, the owners describe Morningtide as “minimal, modern, a little bohemian and functional with the ease of a lifestyle along the coast.”

This coastal lifestyle isn’t Santa Cruz sporty-surfy or Venice Beach glam-boho — it’s an ode to the Northern California-raised owners’ grounded, refined aesthetic.

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Local Color

Photo: Ariel Nava

Photo: Ariel Nava

Local color: Brighten Fogust mornings in Oaklandish’s Pigment Dyed Classic Crew in ’80s-esque colors. The fit (sizes XS-XXXL) is unisex, and longer in length — guys will want to size up, as it’s cut slim. There’s a color for every mood. The green says a hike in the redwoods, the blue for a kayak on Lake Merritt, the pink is for wine tasting around Jack London, and the yellow spreads sunshine wherever you go. $55; a portion of sales support nonprofits bettering the Oakland community. At and other retailers.

What to Wear to Every Type of Wedding

Whether you have one wedding to attend or a collection of invitations this season, the question of what to wear is never an easy one. From “White Tie” to “Beach Formal,” finding the right ensemble can cause some serious wardrobe anxiety, and not just for the ladies. Sorry guys, you’re not off the hook—your outfit has to stand up to the dress code, too.

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lucy Spring Collection: Behind the Design

January is a motivating month to sweat off any holiday accumulation—shedding the after effects of enjoying and indulging can motivate us even more. Especially when we're wearing tees that encourage us to “Work Hard” and accomplish our new goals for the year. We're kicking off 2016 with a fitness bang by mixing up our fitness routine along with our workout wardrobes, which is the idea behind our new collection. Keryn and her team weigh in on how to mix things up this season. 

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7 New Ways to Sport Stripes

Stripes can be divisive: There are the people who love them so much they have a growing (but limiting) collection of striped T-shirts. And then there are those who insist the print creates a tubular illusion. Luckily for both groups, the versatile print comes in many forms. Here, some picks that are likely to flatter—and stay in style for many seasons ahead.

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5 Fashion-Loving Female Rappers to Know Right Now

In the ‘90s, female rappers were as bold and boss as their male counterparts. The rapped about money and sex, as well as their struggle to make it in a male-dominated industry. They also cultivated an iconic look. Foxy Brown scored a Calvin Klein campaign. Lil’ Kim changed the world of red carpet dressing with one little purple sequin pasty. Lauryn Hill’s artful style and signature hair complemented her playful yet racially charged lyrics. And before them all, the first female rappers to win a Grammy were Salt-N-Pepa, who rhymed about relationships while sporting bright colors and chunky gold chains.

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Green With Envy: 11 Stylish Stoner Chicks

Let's be real: female stoners are better dressed than male ones. Sorry Cheech and Chong. While we wonder how the most famous burner babes stay so fit, they’ll spend today celebrating the green life, especially in the legalized states of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. In honor of 4/20, here are the most stylish—and most high—women in television and film.

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Does Anyone Care About American Apparel Anymore?

There’s a new American Apparel story every day: Last week,the Seattle Times wrote, “American Apparel’s new CEO brings order to company chaos.” The New York Post noticed that Versace had knocked off an American Apparel t-shirt. On Wednesday, Jezebel asked, “What the hell is going on with American Apparel?” Later that same day, The New York Times wrote, “American Apparel to Lay Off 180 Workers.” A few months after the Dov Charney shakedown, the brand is gunning for a makeover. No more nipples, see ya later pubic hair.

The fashion industry might be obsessed, but are actual shoppers paying attention? I took to the streets of Los Angeles to ask people exiting American Apparel stores exactly what they know about the company.  

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Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso Will Be the “Most Covered Bride Ever”

Sophia Amoruso may not be the CEO of Nasty Gal anymore, but she sure is busy. There are stores to open, collaborations to launch, poodles to adopt, and a wedding to plan!

First up, Amoruso’s second brick and mortar store opened in Santa Monica this weekend. She says swimwear and shoes were most in demand, specifically her new collaboration with Teva. “I don’t love ugly shoes, but I don’t mind comfortable ones,” Amoruso tells Yahoo Style of the unexpected collaboration...

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J Brand Spring '15 Retail Flyer | Mens

Flawlessly tailored, here is the season's refined riff on the classic chino. This lightweight, yet resilient fabric boasts subtle stretch for a clean silhouette. Saturated garment dyed hues range from neutrals of vintage khaki, puritan grey, and palms, to darkened crown blue and fern green. Styling tip: roll the hem for an effortless cool vibe.

J Brand Spring '15 Retail Flyer | Womens

The Sabine is a modern take on a 70's inspired high-waist flare. A vintage blue wash with a subtle tint lends character to finespun flared jeans. Crisp and collected, a straight high waisted top is where the polished copper shank and bronzed thread really shine. The leg opening is edited, catering to subtle flare wearability. Style with heels and witness the body lengthening magic of our newest flare.

Fiesta For Your Feet

Huaraches get a festive makeover from Soiyl

We have a soft spot in our summertime footwear lineup for huaraches, those woven leather Mexican sandals that the Beach Boys sang about in the 1960s and the fashionable set has been wearing ever since.

Now local designer Dolores Melgoza has made the hipster classic even groovier with her Soiyl shoes. The daughter of parents from Michoacán, Mexico, Melgoza coined her brand’s name as a riff on “soil,” since these kicks are so lightweight, they almost feel like you’re going barefoot. The solid tan, brown and black leather styles suit minimalists; the Samara is girly-pretty with its blues and purples; and the Mazanilla is a fiesta of bright red, green and yellow.

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