Celebrating American Designers

As we celebrate America’s 239th birthday, we also celebrate American designers! In this country filled with a plethora of diversity, creativity and talent, I wanted to pay homage to some of the most requested and popular American designers that we receive on consignment. While I often find myself wrapped up in foreign designers (grass is greener, right?), it usually doesn’t take many days in the store for me to be struck by an amazing item from our very own backyard.

Alexander Wang

Voted as one of the Times Most Influential People of 2015, Alexander Wang is one of the youngest and most contemporary fashion designers today. As the Creative Director for Balenciaga and head designer for his own labels Alexander Wang and T by Alexander Wang, he has truly taken over the fashion world with his minimalistic and modern designs. Born in San Francisco to Taiwanese-American parents, Alexander was placed into early summer design programs before attending Parsons in New York. My greatest Alexander Wang score at our Johns Landing location? A light grey tee that I’ll live in till it disintegrates.

Kate Spade

Equally as iconic in a completely different way, fashion lovers are likely to spot a Kate Spade New York design from across a room. Known for her vivid polka dot patterns and gorgeous details, Kate Spade combines classic elements with wild patterns. What might start out as a simple white leather bag may turn into a jolt to the system: open it up, and you’re likely to find a tongue-in-cheek pattern as bold as it gets. Born in Missouri, Spade worked for Mademoiselle in New York before launching an accessories line that originally started solely as handbags. Her collection has expanded into clothing, accessories, and even home design. When her items come into our stores, you’re hard-pressed to see them long before they are out the door!

marc jacobs

Not a week goes by that I’m not asked by a customer about Marc Jacobs. As an edgy designer who isn’t afraid to use a little bit of sense of humor in his work, I’m always amazed at the diversity of ladies who are interest in his designs. There seems to be something for everyone! He has served as head designer of Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs since 1986 and 2001. Voted as one of the Times Top 100 Most Influential People in 2010, he was also the Creative Director for french label Louis Vuitton from 1997-2013. As a native of New York City, Jacobs got his start in the fashion world as a teenager. Starting out as a sales clerk for an avant garde fashion boutique, he later attended Parsons School of Design where he designed and sold hand-knit sweaters. While his label extends to everything from clothes to shoes to accessories, the #1 item within our stores are his supple leather handbags in every color of the rainbow.

From all of us at Here We Go Again, we hope you had a wonderful 4th of July with family and friends! 

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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