Designer fashion labels cross the bridge.
Sydney’s growing love for designer consignment fashion stores has moved to the North Shore. Two local mums, Rebeca Carter and Belinda Young have opened Lane Cove’s first consignment store, and one of just a handful on the North side of Sydney.
What is consignment? Consignment stores procure and curate luxury and high-end fashion including clothing, shoes, designer handbags and accessories from a wide variety of sources. Consignment is not necessarily “pre-loved” and contains many brand new, unworn items. Rebeca Carter, the stores co-founder says “It is estimated that the Australian woman spends in average $250,000 on clothes throughout their lives and sadly most of these items will never be worn”. At Bec and Bel a service is provided for women to sell their unwanted items, and provides consumers the opportunity to find unique, classic items in a huge variety of brands that a regular small boutique may envy. Pre loved fashion and consignment is the answer!
Bec and Bel came about in July 2020, after both co-founders lost their regular incomes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rebeca, a Marketeer with her own Travel PR and Marketing company, and Belinda, a corporate lawyer, got together to try something new… and Bec and Bel was born.
One of the core reasons for establishing the business was sustainable and circular fashion. Being mothers with young children, they both wanted to start a new business that had a focus on sustainability and reducing the impact the luxury clothing industry has on the planet. In addition, they will invest a portion of their profit to support local women’s charities and aim to help women in need.
Bec and Bel offer a full range of designer brands including international brands such as Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Prada to local outfitters such as Zimmerman, Camilla Franks and Sass and Bide. New deliveries arrive almost daily, and as such a regular supply of items appear on the racks.
Established by locals, for locals and people Australia wide, the ladies tend on building their community or “tribe” via social channels such as Instagram and Facebook, and already are seeing great engagement and sales. The idea is to scale up the business to a dynamic, web-based business over time. Sales can be made in store, via social media or via the website.
Interested in consigning some of your items? Check out our consignment page.