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