Icons & Influencers

Icons & Influencers

INA at 20: A Conversation with Ina –part 2

This is the second part of a 2 part profile of Ina Bernstein, the founder of the INA consignment stores in New York. Here she answers questions and shares her perspective on fashion and style today. To read part one about her beginning in fashion during the ’80s in NYC +/0+/.
Fast fashion has really become a dominant player in the marketplace. What’s your take on those stores?
I think they have a place, they really do. A lot of people shop now and buy something really special at say Jeffrey’s and then they’ll go to H& M and Zara to get some little something and then they’ll come to my store…lots of women use everything for their palette. It’s like a painters palette – the designer’s store, low-end store, sample sales, consignment shops. It’s wonderful. It’s not limiting. There are so many choices. I don’t know where this is going to go but I don’t think the designer’s going away. Fast fashion is just part of a larger picture.

Are there specific designers that you notice people are looking for?
Well we have people who are collectors. People who come only for Commes des Garcons, Yohji, or other specific designers. But I find that our best customers really look and read more

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INA at 20: A Conversation with Ina –part 1

INA consignment stores are one of the “not-so-secret” secrets of New York fashion lovers. They’re one of the best places to find really great pieces by major designers for less than you pay in rent. (no small feat!) The first INA read more

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Elasticbrand does Audiowear

photo by Louise te Poele
We perhaps all have friends at this point who have used Kickstarter if not used it ourselves. My friends and fellow Cranbrook Academy of Art alumns, Christie and Arjen of Elasticbrand, created a Kickstarter project last year to fund a read more

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Colleen Nika talks fashion + music and who to hear in 2012

I want to introduce you to Colleen Nika. Colleen and I were first “facebook friends” before meeting in real life at the after party for Beady Eye at Norwood. I immediately fell in love with her Frank Tell dress and shortly after that with her acerbic wit and sly read more

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Malcolm Harris

Is it possible to be known for both your substance and your style?

I’m not talking about the “classics” like Audrey Hepburn, an actress who then went on to devote much of her time to UNICEF or Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or Princess Diana –two women who used their extraordinary read more

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