Although "women's resale" may be household words today, 38 years ago it was a very well-kept secret. When entrepreneurs Jan Kennedy and Nancy Ungerman introduced the concept of the resale of fine, closet-bound clothes to the “rich and famous” women of Dallas society, anonymity was a must!
In the ’70s, Clotheshorse Anonymous made an intentional play on the essential word - anonymous. The original consignees preferred to remain nameless and were discreetely identified by a personal ID number. Today, the ranks of Clotheshorse consignees has grown to over 25,000. Clothes-conscious, money-smart women are proud to be part of this economically savvy, ecologically friendly fashion experience, consigning their clothes, shopping the ever-changing racks and voting Clotheshorse to the top of the “Best” lists. The “brain child” launched by two housewives, who wanted to be financially independent, has become a multi-million-dollar producer.
The Clotheshorse Anonymous team owes its continued existence to complementary and synergistically overlapping talents. The associates are knowledgeable with exceptional people skills, relating well with both consignees and shoppers. Jan Kennedy, after the 2002 retirement of Nancy Ungerman, continues the tradition of excellence for which their 28 year partnership is famous. Clotheshorse has become an institution which today attracts clients worldwide. This is often illustrated when carloads of out of town visitors arrive at the store saying, “We heard about you in...”
And just what is a "Clotheshorse"?
Clotheshorse - (klozhôrs, kloz-) Noun
1. a frame on which to hang laundry for drying or airing
2. a person who is extremely concerned with his or her appearance