By Susanne Beck
The Upper West Side will get a touch of Los Angeles this holiday season when “Sutton’s Closet” arrives at Central Park Resale (CPR), the resale store located at 22 W. 66th Street.
The aforementioned Sutton in the closet is well-known TV celebrity, fashionista and top party host, Sutton Stracke. The star of Los Angeles Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) also launched a boutique called “The Sutton Concept,” in West Hollywood in 2019.
“Nothing could please me more than to see ‘circular fashion’ in motion,” Stracke said, “and to donate my closet and store to my longtime friend, Tanya Young Williams, at her thrift store in my beloved Manhattan .”
“Circular fashion” is a phrase that has been largely attributed to Swedish sustainability consultant Ann Brismar, who first used it in 2014. According to Brismar’s company website, the practice refers to “the whole life cycle of a product, from design and supply to production, transport, storage, marketing and sale, as well as the user phase and the end of the product’s useful life”.
Stracke will begin the month-long sale at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022 at the West 66th Street store. Sale will end on Sunday, January 15, 2023 or sooner if all items are sold. Shoppers can expect to find pieces from designers such as Dior, Valentino, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana and Alice & Olivia. There will also be items from Stracke’s personal collection, ‘Sutton Cashmere’.
Stracke, a well-known philanthropist, as an ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), chose NAMI as the beneficiary of the sale. “It’s great to see the proceeds go to this important, life-changing organization,” he said.
CPR owner Tanya Young Williams is excited about the upcoming sale and partnership. “Sutton and I understand the importance of keeping clothing out of landfills,” she told WSR. “We also know that we don’t just have to spread ‘fast fashion’. Various fashionistas can also enjoy the high-end brands”.
Charitable giving is at the heart of Central Park Resale, he adds. Forty percent of the store’s thrift department sales go to nonprofits; 100% of your Thursday bin proceeds are also donated.
Williams says “Sutton’s Closet” is the most prominent event hosted at CPR since it opened in October 2021. The boutique owner notes that while business has been growing, this is an unusual opportunity for her and her customers. “This event will encourage sustainable shopping and will be a real treat for shoppers who love Sutton and its fabulous fashion.”
So come and see a sample of the wardrobe of a “real housewife”. “Who wouldn’t like to have something from Sutton’s closet?” Williams says with delight. “She’s the fashionista of all fashionistas!”