Shopping for clothing can be like finding a needle in a haystack: even when you think you've found what you're looking for, it is actually just a really shiny piece of hay. Today's Groupon tilts the odds of a successful fashion quest in your favor: for $15, you get $50 worth of pre-owned designer apparel, purses, and accessories from the well-edited collection at Otra Vez Couture Consignment, located on West Olmos Drive in the Olmos Park business district.
Otra Vez stocks designer looks from the last two years as well as classic and vintage styles in near-mint condition. After sending their original price tags through a paper shredder, items from such labels as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton can slip into witness protection in the humble closets of Otra Vez's style-savvy patrons. Since items are individual at Otra Vez, Cinderella fantasies meet reality when rightly-sized feet slide into the leather workmanship of Cole Haan sandals ($49.99). Explore the world from a vantage point a few inches higher up in a pair of Manolo Blahnicks ($96), or from a more colorful state of dress in a vibrant Simon Chang blouse ($35.49). High science meets high fashion when 1960s dresses, such as a green gown from Saz Boutique ($119), prove that cryogenics work for fine fabrics.
Originally a fashion illustrator for department store advertising from Los Angeles, Otra Vez's owner, Alexa, moved to San Antonio to work with Dillard's. Now she enjoys the personal attention and creative high-fives she can give her guests in her own, smaller shop. Shoppers can submit their fashion wishes to Alexa and she'll keep her eye out for their desired duds, happily giving patrons a call when a wish-list item lands in her store.
- All of her items are in the best shape, but she knows exactly how to feature each and every one, as well as how to decorate her store, from the dressing rooms to the comfy couch the guys get to sit in when in purgatory (while their gals are in the dressing rooms). – Who Knew San Antonio
- Otra Vez, a new shop on Olmos, with a well-edited collection of fine ready-to-wear – Courtenay Martin, San Antonio Current