5 Designers to Add to Your Wardrobe

Emily Elbert, owner of St. Louis’ fashionista favorite hideout Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique, keeps the store stocked with the finest luxury brands one could hope to find—at a fraction of the price you’d find at a department store. Elbert is constantly growing a lineup of consignors who pass along their luxury goods, bringing in new inventory regularly.

“My general guideline I give to new consignors is that we accept the brands you’d find at Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Neiman Marcus—places like that,” says Elbert. “With our smaller, more intimate space, I am really careful about editing the pieces we select to sell.”

We spoke with Elbert, who selected five must-have designers for your closet that you can find at Byrd—where it’s also likely that shoppers on a budget can actually afford them. Keep reading to learn more.

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Diane von Furstenberg
“She’s such a mainstay—her line has been around for over forty years yet still stays current and fresh. On any given day, you can just about always find her iconic wrap dress in my stock. It’s a flattering and suitable cut for many different body types, and almost always has a vibrant color or print.”

Current / Elliott
Current / Elliott is a label out of L.A., and they’re well known for having the perfect boyfriend jean. They have really mastered that style, born out of a love of vintage denim, which you can really see in the line. Designer denim can also be very pricey—at original retail price, one pair can sometimes go for $250 or more. There are also ongoing trends in various jean hemlines too, like hi-low, frayed, let-out and raw hem styles. You can buy a pre-owned pair at Byrd and create your own hemline or style for less cost.”

Alice + Olivia
“This is such a great brand, and we almost always have a fair selection of their pieces on hand. It’s a very whimsical, girly-girl brand, with a lot of creative spin on classic pieces. You might see a typical A-line knee-length skirt, but it might be covered in feathers, or a t-shirt striped with sequin color-blocking.”

Tory Burch
“St. Louis shoppers really love Tory Burch. The brand is very easy to wear, but mixes preppiness with boho style as well. Her pieces can be a chic, everyday staple, like their very popular crisp, tailored tunic blouses.”

Self-Portrait
“This one of our ‘contemporary designers to watch.’ Consignors have just started submitting items from this line. The pieces are a very modern approach to more feminine cuts, with a lot of embroidery styles as well as eyelet or lace paneling and sheer overlays on midi-length or full-length dresses and skirts. They are absolutely gorgeous, standout pieces. You definitely won’t blend in when wearing this designer. You’ll be noticed when wearing Self-Portrait.”

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Photography by Attilio D’Agostino.

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