Closet Encounters

Rachael Abrams  |  Photos by Paula Minnis
January 10, 2014

Dream of raiding the closets of style-setters? Vaunte has answered your prayers. Brought to you by former Gilt Groupe execs Leah Park and Christian Leone, plus technology expert Andy Shin, this online shopping site features designer labels, shoes and accessories from some of the chicest women in the U.S. Now, Dallas is on the map. Ladies about town Kim Schlegel Whitman, Bag Snob Tina Craig and Christie Sheffield (handler of VIP client relations for Vaunts) helped sort through the personal stashes of 18 of Dallas’s finest dressers (and fashion collectors), and this month throws open the closet doors. Think Heather Anderson, Elizabeth Midgett, Merry Vose, Sam Stewart, Nicole Musselman, Joslyn Taylor, Julie Garrigue, Kristie Ramirez Hoitsma, Tish Cox, Katina Thornton, Angela Scott, Paula Minnis, Susie Straubmueller, Marisa Howard, Laura Ginsburg Pierson, Toni Munoz Hunt and Andrea Pambechy. While meeting, greeting and exploring the closets of the sophisticates, CCO Leone, says “These women were extremely gracious and hospitable, offering us lunch and wine when we went into their homes. That’s something we don’t often see in other cities.” Throughout January, you can peruse through the closets via and find the likes of Lanvin, Alaïa, Chanel and more. Shoppers can feel even better about snagging these designer goods, since some of the women requested that a portion of the sale be donated to a charitable organization of their choice. Just look for the items marked “charity.”