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Clothes Mentor Opens in CLT

Posted: Friday, Aug. 03, 2012

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Rachel Sutherland

Rachel Sutherland has been a professional journalist for 14 years, most recently as the Style Editor for the Charlotte Observer. Her writing and styling work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. She is often a featured guest on syndicated radio programs The Matt & Ramona Show and The Satisfied Life. Find her at www.rachelsutherland.net or email her: rachel@rachelsutherland.net.

Just in time for tax-free weekend (don’t even get me started on that ridiculous non-sale pretending to be a sale), the Clothes Mentor opened its doors in Charlotte.

I would encourage savvy shoppers to look past the snoozefest of a name (nothing says killer fashion like “mentor”) and give the store a try, both for buying and selling.

I stopped in the store on Kings Drive (near my favorite Myers Park Tailors) after noon on opening day and was surprised to find some racks lined with legit designer gear: Gucci, Piazza Sempione, St. John, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin (above, priced around $50) and more.

Even more surprising? That designer gear was pretty reasonably priced. I tried on a pair of black suede Miu Miu sling back heels ($100, original retail price around $485), but they didn’t quite fit. I also seriously considered an Oscar de la Renta cowl neck sweater for $25. And a Tory Burch Alice Nylon Hobo for around $100 (retail $300+).

Of course I zeroed in on the shoes, and peeped a pair of Harijuku Lovers heels in the $20 range (retail about $100), Repetto flats, Fendi sandals, Matt Berenson ankle booties and much more. I managed to snag a NWOT (new without tags) pair of Mephisto Sydel sandals in gold (retail around $170) for $17.

The store carries maternity, sizes 0-18 and extended sizes to 26W. They also stock petites as well as accessories including shoes, handbags, jewelry and scarves.

That’s not to say it’s all sunshine and roses at Clothes Mentor. I’m guessing the exceptionally reasonable prices on designer gear balances out the over-priced chain clothing I saw on the racks. OK, those Banana Republic dresses are silk, but $25? For previously owned? No thank you.

From a cleaning-out-the-closet-don’t-want-to-mess-with-eBay perspective, I’m going to give CM a chance: It is not consignment, but they will pay cash on the spot for the items you bring in. You don’t need an appointment to sell your goodies, but expect about an hour (minimum) turnaround time for clothes inspection.

Have you been? I’d love to hear your take on the newest addition to the Charlotte retail scene.

Clothes Mentor, 901 S. Kings Drive, Charlotte 28204; www.clothesmentor.com, Facebook

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