Fashionista talk… whether it is a classic Chanel suit or this season’s hottest Jimmy Choo shoes, Fashion Hunters follows the fashionistas at Second Time Around as they go out searching the attics, closets and garages of New York’s elite. Far from the land of thrift, this hip shop makes dreams come true for shoppers looking for designer fashions on a budget.
The team - made up of sales associates Tara, Ambria, Karina, Wilson - has to deal with demanding customers from savvy socialites to downtown hipsters looking to sell back or buy their next great “get.”
Tara is the no nonsense manager of Second Time Around. Originally from Waterford, CT, her favorite designers include Coco Chanel, and who she refers to as "The 3 Ms": Miu Miu, Marni, and Missoni. Tara has a passion for the "green of fashion," encouraging those around her to recycle their fashionable wears, finding style in what others may see as dated frocks. She hopes to one day own a boutique and utilize her eye for beauty by traveling the world on the continuous hunt for unique designs and wears.
Ambria is the energetic Assistant Manager at Second Time Around with a vast knowledge and penchant for high-end designers and labels. Some of her favorites include Giambattista Valli, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, and Elie Saab. Originally from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for a degree in Merchandising Management and has worked in fashion and film for most of her adult life. The classic single girl in the city, Ambria loves to hit all the hottest spots New York has to offer. With a self-described personal style of sexy, yet sophisticated, with an urban edge, Ambria is serious about fashion. Even if she can't afford what she wants, she still manages to surround herself with high-end merchandise by organizing "Birkin Swap" parties for wealthy clientele.
Karina is the consummate New Yorker. She is a mother of two and works part-time at Second Time Around for fun -- and for fashion. She is an uptown girl, but totally comfortable in the downtown consignment world. She happily recruits her stylish and somewhat privileged friends to consign, which improves the store's inventory as well as keeps everyone connected to the Upper East Side fashionistas. Karina's personal style of sophisticated, edgy, and chic is reflected in her favorite places to shop, which include Chanel, YSL, Zara, Gap, All Saints, Calypso, Louboutin, Prada, and Zac Posen.
Wilson is originally from the Dominican Republic. He currently resides in New York City, where he is enrolled at the New York School of Interior Design. He is the newest and youngest employee at Second Time Around, and his goal is to become a professional stylist and interior designer, working with fashion icons such as Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors. Wilson admires the work of an additional number of designers including Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, and Prada. He hopes to one day design his own line and boutiques around the world and to give back to his community by starting a center for homeless children, in honor of his own humble beginnings.
Let’s take a peep, what are you going to expect in Episode 1 and 2…
Episode #1 – Consigning Women
Meet Tara, Ambria, and Karina who are the lifeblood of upscale consignment store Second Time Around, located in New York City. Business is looking up when they consign a $6,000 dress once worn by J. Lo as well as authenticate two dresses potentially made by Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. They also visit the closet of socialite Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, who consigns items that will be worth over $3,000 of merchandise to the store. Plus, the staff will welcome a new employee, Wilson, who is brought in to build out the men's section. But when Wilson criticizes the current state of STA's collection, Ambria lets it be known, "If he's going to talk smack, then he better have the goods to back it up." She's not letting anyone destroy the delicate personality balance or the business of STA.
Episode #2 – Birkin Bash
Wilson does his first consign with several LaQuan Smith pieces brought in by LaQuan's manager. Ambria decides to throw a Birkin swap party to build relationships with current and potential clients who own these bags worth $10,000 to $100,000. She brings in Birkin Bag expert Michael Tonello to authenticate the bags, but things get tricky when she discovers that one bag owner may have a fake. Tara also has her work cut out for her as she tried to persuade a consigner to part with so she can snag a Gucci leather dress.
That’s all for episode 1 and 2, however I have the summary of Fashion Hunter from Episode 1 to 11 hehehe… will release it weekly. Bet your Monday evening will never be boring again. There are many more juicy stories going on after this and omg the brands like Donna Karan, Gucci, Christian Dior, Chanel, Issey Miyake, Lauren Bacall, Miu Miu, Proenza, Alberta Ferretti, Jackie Rogers, Just Cavalli, YSL, Tom Ford, Louboutin, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, J. Mendel, Christian Lacroix and many more.
You can check out all the Episode Summary (episode 1 to 11) here at
Fashion Hunters Episode Summary
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premiering on 3rd June 2013, Monday at 6.50pm.