If you think Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads are the only places to trade your Diors for dollars, you're missing out. Urbanity, Angela Cadogan's North Berkeley boutique, is hands down the best place to consign in the Bay. The spot is classy but not uppity, your commission is up to 60 percent of what your item pulls in, and, best of all, you'd actually want to shop there. Cadogan has a careful eye for fashion, choosing pieces that deserve a spot in your closet for prices that won't burn a hole in your wallet. Want an even better deal on those Miu Miu pumps or that YSL dress? Return every 30 days, when items that haven't sold yet are reduced up to 50 percent. But good luck playing the waiting game against Urbanity's savvy regulars — they've been eyeing those Pradas longer than you have.http://www.sfbg.com/specials/2010/01/04/best-bay-2009-shopping
East of San Francisco, across the Bay Bridge, is the vast land aptly named "East Bay". While the area is spread out and diverse, when folks say East Bay they usually mean Oakland and Berkeley. The former is a millennial hotspot, brimming with creative-types who seek less skyrocketing rent and more space. The latter is college central and a historic hub of hippy spirit.
Mix all of the above and you get an eclectic, vibrant fashion scene — where quirky shops, impeccably curated boutiques, and designer emporiums live side by side. The East Bay style map is constantly expanding and changing, with young businesses joining neighborhood mainstays. Together, the daring and the established offer plenty of opportunities to shop local, in the most enjoyable way possible. Here are a few of our favorites.
1 Urbanity Style Sharing
Despite being a consignment boutique, Urbanity earned its spot in the list by simply being the best in its niche. The dedicated team has an excellent eye for quality and trends. The result? Racks and racks of affordable designer finds that are a fraction of their original price.
By Annie Crawford
Endlessly chic consignment shop Urbanity has expanded to a second location on Piedmont Avenue. The store opened its Oakland doors in May with complimentary bubbles, nibbles, and giveaways. But if you missed the party, don't despair. Its constantly shifting selection of styles is enough to make any fashion lover happy. At the Piedmont Avenue location, you'll find a fabulous mix of luxury labels and affordably chic designer fashion—similar to the original location at 1885 Solano Ave. in Berkeley. Think Marni, Derek Lam, Miu Miu, and so much more.
"We are so fortunate and happy to introduce ourselves to the Oakland community and look forward to continuing to serve the beautifully eclectic Bay Area women who value fashion sustainability and supporting local businesses," shared owner Angela Cadogan. Consignment shopping is sustainable fashion at its finest. You score gorgeous clothes, you ease environmental stress by keeping pre-loved clothing out of landfills, and you reduce pollution that can result from the textile and manufacturing process. In addition to stylish slow fashion finds, Urbanity stocks the jewelry cases with locally made, high-quality creations by area designers. More interested in financial inflow than buying new-to-you Isabel Marant ankle booties? Consign your quality clothing and accessories and earn cash or shopping credit with Urbanity's generous consignment process. Stay up to date on sales and events via Instagram. While you're there, walk through the connecting door to Rare Bird next door. 3879 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Look out festival goers and sun bathers, summer is unofficially upon us! While city dwellers are still experiencing nippy mornings and spontaneously windy afternoons, the East Bay is definitely feeling the heat.
For those who recently made the move across the bridge realizing they don’t own any “airy” clothing (let alone a pair of shorts), you’re probably looking to add some key elements to your wardrobe (like shorts). Instead of clicking “add to cart”, step away from the computer and explore local, sustainable and community enriching fashions from your local boutiques. And hello… you’ll get the added benefit of being able to try things on!
This month we’re all about Berkeley. I mean, they started the whole “Shop Local” movement anyway, right? Here are some local gems currently on our radar, plus some pro summer styling tips to keep in mind for all the fun adventures that await you this season:
At Urbanity you’re sure to score something unique from their highly edited selection of designer clothing. Done with your Spring cleaning? Urbanity does consignment so you can rest assured that your old threads get a loving new home and don’t head for the dreaded landfill.
Urbanista Summer Style Tips:
1. Always rock a little block | Sunblock that is! Our foggy, gray weather can often be deceptive. UV rays are ever present in our atmosphere and high on the list of causes for premature aging of the skin. As a lifelong fashionista I first recommend protecting your individually natural look with SPF 30+ and don’t forget to top your block with this summer’s hottest fashion accessory: a wide brimmed hat!
2. Layer, Layer, Layer – and then add a Layer | We often find ourselves leaving the house in the morning bundled in a jacket and scarf, but as soon as noon rolls around, the temps are climbing to the high 70’s. Layers are the sure fire way to fashionably face whatever your days bring your way. Think summer dress, crop cardi, denim jacket, clogs (tights or crop leggings optional!), and a light weight scarf. The key is keeping these layers light so that as they are shed they can fit into your tote or day bag so you won’t get stuck carrying a heavy layer over your arm come midday.
Lately, we’ve been focusing so much on vintage that we’ve ignored its cousin, the consignment shop. So when we caught wind this morning of an awesome-sounding consignment boutique in Berkeley, Calif., we had to post about it.
Headed by Angela Cadogan, the wife of the lead guitarist from ’90s rock band Third Eye Blind, Urbanity mixes fashion and sustainable design with music. As the press release says: Her shop Urbanity calls consignment “style sharing” (a poke at the early file sharing days of Napster), and Urbanity’s star logo is, of course, in the shape of a guitar pick. … It’s happened more than once that multiple pairs of designer pumps make their way onto Urbanity’s shelves all in the same hour. (Someone once dropped off Miu Miu, Prada, and YSL sandals all in the same trip!) The store’s reviews on Yelp mention pre-loved finds from Catherine Malandrino, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, A Common Thread, and more totally hip names in fashion. Anybody up for a road trip to the Bay Area? We’re so there! You know the old ditty, "Recycle, reduce, reuse...?" Well, we're glad to hear that ecologically concerned fashionistas are taking a stand as well. Resale is the way to go–Not just for your wallet, but also for the earth!