Store Spotlight: Designer Vault Luxury Consignment

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I am super excited to spotlight another fabulous consignment boutique – Designer Vault.  I previously featured 45 amazing Chanel bags from Designer Vault {here} and couldn’t wait to share more about the woman behind all of the incredible designer deals, Christina Samoylov.  She is a fellow FIDM graduate, savvy business woman and devout fashionista who I admire for turning a lucrative hobby into a successful career.

HR:  When did your passion for consigning begin?

DV:  When I was in college I became enamored with being able to actually afford beautiful things through the means of consignment.  As I grew (as well as my earning potential), I fell in love with consignment even more because those pieces I had scoured years ago were still able to sell for nearly what I paid for them. It was as if I had never spent any money at all!

HR:  How did Designer Vault come about?  Was there an “aha” moment while you were attending FIDM?

DV:  Through my education at FIDM I always toyed with the idea of being a buyer or a showroom rep for a big brand but at the end of the day, it just never felt right.  I always had this fire in my blood to be an entrepreneur and control my own destiny.  During my last quarter at FIDM I was taking an entrepreneurship class and in that moment I knew that’s what I wanted to be doing with my life.  I didn’t know how, why or what I just knew that’s who I was…an entrepreneur. Fast forward a few weeks later and I was cleaning the apartment when I noticed my husband’s Prada boots had holes in them.  Unbeknownst to him I listed them on eBay for $18.99 starting bid.  He wanted to trash them not believing that anyone could possibly want these shoes, 7 days later the shoes sold for $80+. My husband was flabbergasted and Designer Vault was born.

HR:  Did you have retail experience prior to launching Designer Vault?

DV:  Well, it depends what you mean by experience?  I never traveled the traditional route.  I grew up buying and selling from the time I was in 1st grade selling trinkets on my desk, to laundromatic buying, selling trading clothing in junior high school and then advancing onto eBay in the early 2000’s.  From there, I worked a slew of retail jobs in college from Aldo to Nordstrom and Tiffany & Co.  It taught me how customers want to be treated and how to provide clients with an experience they couldn’t even begin to expect.

HR:  I imagine that it must feel a lot like Christmas when new designer items arrive.  What is your process for determining whether a product is good enough to resell?

DV:  Well, first we check to make sure there is no damage to the item (rips, tears, stains etc.).  Once that has been determined we assess the brands retail value .  If we can resell it we will.  However, not all items are sold on our website.  We offer our clients a full service therefore, unlike other consignment stores who pick and choose what to take, we essentially take everything.  We inform the sellers what we feel is throw away, donate and items worth selling.  Items that don’t fetch as much we tend to sell through eBay.

HR:  What is the most rewarding and challenging aspect(s) of being in business for yourself?

DV:  The most rewarding aspect of being in business for myself is knowing I’m cultivating and growing this business.  Every decision I make will effect the outcome of the tomorrows.  I am constantly learning, pivoting and trying to do it better time and time again.  The most challenging aspect of being in business for myself is discipline, being able to get up at 7:00 every morning regardless of what happened the night before and not burn the midnight oil, and get to bed at a reasonable hour so I can do it all over again.

HR:  What are your favorite handbags for fall?

DV:  I’m really loving anything mini and micro mini, while it may not be practical they sure are cute!

HR:  Which designers do you follow, of any?

DV:  I wouldn’t say that I am one to necessarily follow ‘designers’ per se.  I live in a world of Chanel so I’m constantly engulfed in their past collections as well as staying abreast of what they are currently doing.  I like to learn something, become an expert and then think about something else.  Of course, I can’t be outfitted in head to toe Chanel because, it’s just not practical (nor affordable) at this point in my career so I tend to wear what I feel great in.  Some of my favorite brands are IRO, Zara, Parker, Vince, Rag & Bone & Joie.

HR:  What five accessories should every woman invest in?


  1. A classic Chanel flap
  2. A statement piece of jewelry whether it’s a watch, necklace, earrings–something that is your signature
  3. A fitted blazer
  4. Perfect fitting jeans
  5. A killer pair of black patent leather heels. (My personal favorite are the YSL Tributes!)

HR:  What bag are you carrying today?

DV:   I’m loving my Prada Saffiano Tote inspired by Olivia Pope via Scandal, she’s my style icon. Love her!

HR:  Are there any other projects/ventures that we can expect from you in the near future?

DV:  YES!  I am currently working on a new blog called, Hustle In Heels which is exactly what it sounds like.  So many women have asked me for business advice and frankly, there is a lack of informative yet interesting advice out there for starting out that doesn’t bore you to tears.  In the blog I plan on taking my personality and infusing it with my life lessons of starting a business from the ground up, in a way that you can both, laugh and learn.

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