Founder of INA, Ina Bernstein, was interviewed on May 6 by Valeria Boucas for her fashion blog: http://valeriaboucas.com/blog/
The piece is re-posted below in its entirety.
I couldn’t have asked for a better day when I headed down to Soho to chat with Ina Bernstein at Café Borgia this weekend. I was met by a trendy middle-aged woman wearing a Rick Owens coat and Chanel booties accented with touches of delicate jewelry. Aside from her bright orange Sergio Rossi bag, it was obvious she favored muted, neutral tones to louder colors. I’ve been a fan of Ina’s since stumbling upon her namesake boutique in Chelsea not too long ago. The last of her five consignment stores to open in the City, Ina Chelsea offers high-end men’s and women’s clothing at a discounted price. All product is carefully curated by Ina herself and a team of trained managers. Having been in the fashion industry for twenty years prior to opening her first location in Soho, the hand-picked styles are certainly a reflection of Ina’s expertise in the industry.
If you’re unsure how consigning works, here’s the gist: an individual selling goods, otherwise known as a consignor, does not profit until the merchandise is sold. (They’re also at liberty to take their items back should they have a change of heart!) Likewise, the agent selling the goods on behalf of the consignor, known as the consignee(s), does not profit until a sale is made. At the time of Ina’s first store opening, there was only one consignment store in Manhattan. She credits much of her success to her early years in the fashion industry where she met many designers and fashion editors who would eventually become consignors at her stores.
In lieu of the store’s twentieth anniversary this year, guests can enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card by “liking” them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inanyc?fref=ts. To shop at Ina, see below for store locations and be sure to check out http://www.inanyc.com/ for more information.
Chelsea (men + women)
Noho (men + women)
Soho (women only) → flagship
Nolita (women only)
Nolita (men only)
Ina Bernstein at Cafe Borgia on a perfect spring day