Tamara opened Consign Couture in 2011 (originally in Portland's St. Johns neighborhood) not only as a well-curated consignment shop for women's clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories, but as a welcoming, inclusive community space to shop and feel nurtured. Consign Couture was embraced whole-heartedly by St. Johns and, thankfully, that love and support transferred and grew when the shop moved to Lake Oswego in 2018.
Since the inception of Consign Couture, Tamara has also been a speaker for Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of topics including sustainable fashion and inspiration; helped start a clothing closet for those in need; styled on photoshoots for other companies; and has run a successful shopping tour business focused on creating meaningful experiences for women and bringing attention to local shopping.
Prior to Consign Couture, Tamara had a 9-year career in sales management for an advertising and marketing company. Tamara attended college at the University of Oregon and at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Must-have daily wardrobe item: black, high-waisted PONTE pants
Rachael became Tamara's business partner in 2019, but has been a part of the Consign Couture family for a long time - as Tamara's friend (even helping out and working the store in a pinch), as a regular customer (she LOVES clothes), and as a part of the store's community (from attending events as a vendor to bringing in friends and family to shop).
Rachael started her career in high-touch customer service opening Wolfgang Puck's flagship Spago restaurant, primarily managing parties for the Beverly Hills elite. Seeking work with more personal meaning, she moved into the nonprofit sector doing development/fundraising for one of LA's largest health care clinics for the uninsured. Then moving to Washington DC, she worked as the lieutenant to the executive director of the PBS Foundation (Public Broadcasting Service) and solicited gifts of $1 million and above for public television at the national level. Relocating to Portland in 2008, Rachael was a nonprofit consultant and served as the first executive director for the August Wilson Red Door Project, helping it achieve the honor of Portland Monthly Magazine's "Best New Nonprofit" in 2011. Since then, and before partnering with Tamara, Rachael dedicated her time to raising twin daughters with her husband and pursuing creative entrepreneurial endeavors. Rachael has a degree in political science and community development from Howard University.
Must-have daily wardrobe item: big earrings and a positive attitude
House Stylist + Shop Manager
Nancy first came to Consign Couture as a valued customer and has become our shop mama - working the store, showing off our latest finds in social media videos, and as our House Stylist. Always smiling and helpful, she has a knack for knowing exactly what will make you look your vest (could it be because she not only has amazing personal style but also spend 30 years as an esthetician and makeup artist? She really does it all). We could not be more grateful for Nancy's hard work, enthusiasm, and truly sunny disposition.
Must-have daily wardrobe item: I love a good jacket!
Jess originally worked for Consign Couture at the St. Johns location and left as her teaching career was taking off. Fast forward through a bunch of kindergarteners and now the proud mom to her own little one, Jess came back to Consign Couture in Lake Oswego. She has impeccable, effortless personal style, and with years of retail clothing experience (she also used to be a manager at Adorn), she's wonderful at helping you find just the right pieces for your wardrobe. She's a star.
Must-have daily wardrobe item: A great-fitting pair of well-made denim.
Miso + Biggie
Best Buds/Shop Dogs/Partners in Cuteness
Miso is Tamara's little guy and Biggie is part of Rachael's family, but they have a lot in common. One or both of these fellas can often be found at the store greeting customers, hanging by the dressing rooms to give fashion advice, or sleeping.
Miso can be a little grumpy if you wake him up from a nap, but if you let him come to you, you are golden! Biggie wants to be pet all the time - like, ALL THE TIME.
Both guys were adopted from the Oregon Humane Society - Miso in late 2017 and Biggie in early summer 2019. Please support the Oregon Humane Society - they do amazing work!