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TAMARA . OWNER

In 2009, when Tamara bought the building that now houses Consign Couture in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood, she was deep in a career of corporate advertising. The building was a former auto repair shop and was bought by Tamara to be a space for a side project combining her love of art and photography; never could she have imagined the ways in which the neighborhood and her never-ending pursuit of fashion would inspire a different entrepreneurial-vision. She quickly realized her drive to repurpose fashion as well as her dream of cultivating space for women to work and shop. Soon Consign Couture was established as a melting pot of community, design, mentoring and fashion — an ever evolving space that reflects Young’s creative spirit and impassioned drive.Born in Northern California and raised in a suburb of Portland Oregon, Young studied at the University of Oregon as well as having studied photography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. With Consign Couture, she hopes to develop a community space within Portland that nurtures self esteem, inspires responsible consumption, and creates a place for neighbors to engage with purposeful design.


GRACE . STORE MANAGER

Where are you from?

Orange County, California! I realize I don't just say the city (Fullerton) like most normal people would. I think it's because being born & raised in socal where everything is a distance apart, I feel like my daily living radius encompases all of Southern California. 

What college did you attend?

San Diego State University. Covered all my bases here in So-Cal. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?

Exploring with my beau. It's become my favorite thing to do, period. We are both adventurers that stray off the beaten path when it comes to exploring. We find the nook & crannies in and outside of Portland that other people don't seem to notice is there. It's quite magical :)

What other jobs have your done?

I started as a waitress at IHOP (And I'll gladly and loudly sing you the birthday song)! But prior to Consign Couture, I was designing apparel in Los Angeles for 9 years. I was so blessed to have that calling. I worked ridiculous hours under just as ridiculous circumstances but always had a great team and loved what I did. I never dreaded Mondays. Every morning as I sat in my 1.5 hour commute to work I would be in disbelief that I got paid to do what I did. It was like play for me! I only hope for that for others as well. To love what you do that much.

Anything else about you?

About 1.5 years ago, God called me out from my life in So-Cal and my career of 9 years to the unfamiliar land of Portland! 3 months later, I Packed my bags, my dog, and said my goodbyes. I've met people I know I was meant to meet. Tamara is most def one of them. 

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JADE . STYLIST

Where are you from?

Bellingham, Washington. 

What college did you attend?

East West College of the Healing Arts

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?

Dance! Whether it's taking dance classes, going out dancing, or dancing alone in my room, dance will always have my heart. 

What other jobs have your done?

I've worked as a cashier and at the service desk of a food co-op, worked in retail, worked in the service industry as a barista, a busser, and a server... etc!

Anything else about you?

My dream is to one day build my own tiny home on a small piece of land with a huge garden where I will spend my time tending to my honey bees, milking my goats, collecting my chicken's eggs, and harvesting my veggies. 


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CC . SPECIAL EVENTS

Where are you from?

Native Oregonian

What college did you attend?

Mills College & Samuel Merritt University : Graduated with BSN Degree

What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?

Dine, tour & discover...So much to enjoy!

What other jobs have your done?

Worked for 2 clothing companies in high school, managed a call center in college, spokesperson for 3 National Non-Profits, Executive Director & Event Coordination.