The Pink Plume comes to New Canaan
Eclectic mix: Consignment shop sells vintage and present-day clothing
Published 12:45 pm, Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Siblings Max Tucci and Niki Tucci-Delmonico of Greenwich have a new feather in their caps.
The grandchildren of Delmonico's restaurant founder Oscar Tucci recently opened The Pink Plume, a consignment shop at 25 Burtis Ave., New Canaan, to capture today's penny-conscious shopper.
"With the economy the way it is, I figured let's do something with a twist where people can get vintage and designer clothes," said Max Tucci, a clothing designer who got the inspiration for consignment from his friend Dolly Ledingham, who owns Consigned Couture in Greenwich.
The 900-square-foot store named after a painting of a woman with a feathered cap offers an eclectic variety of goods, from a 19th-century Louis Vuitton trunk to wedding dresses with the tags still on them, Tucci said.
"It's a mix of everything," he said.
Prices cover a wide range at the store, which also carries artwork, from $35 for a pair of Aerosoles shoes to $9,500 for an Hermes Berkin bag retailing for $16,000, Tucci said. The Pink Plume also carries a $150,000 Fendi sable coat on its rack for $15,000, he said.
The shop offers mid-price brands including JCrew and Banana Republic as well as some children's clothing, said Tucci-Delmonico, who sells her own line of Entity jewelry at The Pink Plume.
"I go with what the client wants," she said, adding that their mother, Gina Tucci, lends a hand at the shop. "If they ask for it, I get it."
Consignment shops that sell current used items usually thrive in a bad economy as more consumers look to buy essential goods for less, said Adele R. Meyer, executive director of the Association of Resale Professionals in St. Clair Shores, Mich.
"People need clothes no matter what," she said, adding that shops that sell antiques and other discretionary items may not do as well during tough times. "That's a whole different ball game."
It's hard to tell how a consignment store that sells both current and vintage items, such as The Pink Plume, would do in today's economic climate, Meyer said.
"They're like two stores in one selling to two different markets," she said. "It'll be interesting to see how they do."