Castanet Designer Consignment is a bit of a hidden gem, located in a bright parlor space on the 2nd floor of 175 Newbury Street (between Dartmouth & Exeter) in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The second hand shop stocks high end clothing from the wardrobes of the best dressed women in the city. You’ll find a mix of labels that satisfy a variety of price points.
Castanet opened in Spring 2016 and has quickly become a fashion lover’s dream, building on the legacy of The Closet (which was open for 38 years!) Castanet is the place to come for clothing that is special and unusual, when you don’t want to pay retail, or look like everyone else!
If you are interested in consigning, it is best to speak with the owner, Cassie. She is highly selective, but always on the lookout for people with fabulous personal style who wish to make room in their closet for new treasures. Give her a call or stop in! You can also check out @shopcastanet on Instagram for the first look at new arrivals.
Our relationships with fashion lovers all over the country allow Castanet to represent a completely unique range of merchandise. The selection changes constantly, with hundreds of items added every week. We pride ourselves on providing an expertly edited collection of high end designer labels. Some of the brands you'll often see in stock include: Alaïa, Céline, Chanel, Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Akris, The Row, Proenza Schouler, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcons, Ann Demeulemeester, Loro Piana, Brunello Cucinelli, Marni, and many others.
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Lanvin, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana are just a few of the towering fashion labels that regularly crowd into this little storefront. Steals are scarce amid such elevated stock, but automatic markdowns eventually kick in. Plus, the Closet’s selective approach means you won’t waste time pawing through outdated styles.
Boston Magazine, Best of Boston
“I send my better clothes off to The Closet on Newbury Street [in Boston],” one editor confesses. “This may seem odd, because I am from and am currently live in NYC, but I was introduced to the store and the owner, Kevin, by a fellow fashion editor years ago and have been sending boxes of clothes there several times a year ever since. They are trustworthy, sell things fast, and it takes minimal effort on my part. They also sell a mix of contemporary and designer, so you don’t have to have only high-end to work with them.”
We were ready to conquer another closet-size consignment shop, fittingly called The Closet. This high-end shop is a fashionista favorite. Beth quickly headed to the left-hand corner of the shop, lined with racks of men’s designer duds. “Who’s Ermenegildo Zegna?” she said, brandishing a sport coat. “Tom Brady’s favorite,” we replied while examining a fetching pair of gold Jimmy Choo sandals, twinkling on a shelf alongside Ferragamo and Laboutin selections. Here, the ticket tells you the date the item came in; after 30 days, the price goes down. Some offerings look like relics from the ’80s, and others look a bit too well loved, but it’s the thrill of the hunt that draws shoppers in. “Prices here are more ‘reasonable’ than ‘cheap,’ ” Beth said. “But they have the most designer-y stuff.”