Resale Queen, Chris
Born in Indiana and raised in Nebraska (how Midwest can you get?) Chris moved to Portland in 1990 with her adored husband and cats. She lives in Southeast Portland and since relocating to the west coast, finally feels that she’s with her people. She is a mad, impetuous gardener and a complete leaf freak.
HWGA is family to her and she’s made dear friends with many customers, vendors and staff members. She’s truly grateful for the warmth and good wishes she receives from customers and consignors. Chris loves used designer clothing, bringing the best to HWGA customers, and finds it a delightful challenge to reinvent her business each day. Follow Chris on her G+ page.
Broadway Boutique Director, Am-J
After having lived in six states and one other country, Am-J decided Portland was an excellent place to settle down –- for the time being! A self-proclaimed “shameless nerd,” she will talk to you about anything sci-fi or comic-related.
In addition to nerding out on Firefly trivia, she loves to make fun, quirky cross stitch patterns and pieces. (Ask Chris about the shark!). Among her favorite fashion icons, Betsey Johnson is Am-J’s hero. Her cooking abilities are what she says her friends like most about her. Her favorite food is Mexican. And true confession? She’s a natural blonde!
Johns Landing Boutique Director, Andrea
Andrea comes to us by way of Los Angeles. Among her fashion influences, Betsey Johnson and musician M.I.A. are her primary loves.
She adores being outside in the sunshine and spending time with friends. To chase the gloom away on those typical winter Oregon days, she likes to sew with a nice cup of green tea and sweet tunes to keep her company. She loves to laugh, and if you can make her smile, then you’ll be good, good friends. Her friends love her sense of humor and her down-to-earth nature. Favorite food? Avocado. She is probably eating one right now. Andrea says most people don’t know this, but she is a perfectionist and will redo anything and everything until it comes out exactly how she’s pictured it in her head!
After several years on our staff at HWGA, we’re beyond thrilled to be able to promote her to Boutique Director at Johns Landing. Watch for her fun personality to show through on our Instagram page, she’s got a great eye for photos!
Boutique Ambassador, Terra
NERD ALERT… No, seriously, Terra is a really fun person, but she loves her horror genre! She loves ComiCon, and creating elaborate sci-fi costumes to wear when she attends. ((so far she’s been “Liv More”- Izombie, “Lei Lu Dallas”- 5th Element, “Kira Nerys” – Star Trek Deep Space 9)! Anything sci/fi, horror is her cup of tea!
Not surprisingly, her favorite month is October, because, well..HALLOWEEN! She loves doing special effects make-up and crafting amazing costumes. (Plus, she also loves apple cider, crisp cold nights and campfires.)
Lest you think Terra is disconnected from reality, let us assure you that she loves fashion and was inspired by the designs of Alexander McQueen to pursue a degree in Fashion Design. She loves how he always used crazy/edgy/non-fabric materials to put a new spin on fashion. McQueen’s approach inspires her to always look at new ways to utilize non-traditional materials she comes across in normal day-to-day life.
In her life outside HWGA, she also sews her own designs (some are available in our stores!) and does alterations and custom work. She has a love or Archeology and would love to someday travel to Egypt to see the pyramids and Mexico to see the Mayan temples.
Boutique Ambassador, Katie
Katie describes her style as “Comfortable, confident, and cozy…and always fluid never crystalline.” A friend once described her as possessing the perfect “day-to-nightie” style. Somehow she manages to pull off chic daytime ensembles that are equally as awesome to sleep in. Katie wants to look and feel amazing during the day, but come home and kick off her shoes, let her hair down, flick off the earrings and be ready to chill! Capes convert to blankets. Dresses to nightgowns.
Her fashion weakness is always shoes: SHOES! O.M.G. SHOES! She can sniff out a pair anywhere, anyday, anytime. Challenges accepted! In her closet is a pair of Michael Kors stacked heel black suede Maryjanes that are the perfect shoe and make her stand tall and feel like a goddess whenever she wears them.
An Oregonian through and through, the color that brightens her mood and lifts her spirits? Green, of course!
Her description of the ideal day off – Morning cuddles and hang with the family, guitar playing/music making under her huge backyard Douglas fir, delicious eats from Dar Salam….and then maybe off to do one of the many amazing things in and around the PDX area-Sauvie Island water hang, U-pick farms, day trip to the falls. Ahhhhh summer in Oregon is WAY TOO GOOD!!
Boutique Ambassador, Ellen
Ellen hails from the opposite coast, growing up on a farm in a small town in Rhode Island. After High School, she moved to western Massachusetts to study Anthropology and Creative Writing, then on to Halifax, Nova Scotia to finish her degree there. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Providence, RI, and is most proud of the work she did there. It was challenging and demanding, but she’s truly grateful for what it taught her about social service.
Ellen’s “style” is simple and feminine, but with a side of fun and whimsy. She loves polka dots, stripes, floral prints, neutral tones, and jewel tones. The best resale treasure she’s ever found was right here at HWGA, a favorite pair of Bussola sandal wedges! Pastel colors instantly brighten her mood, her favorites being mint green and lavender pink.
Outside of work, Ellen loves beach-combing. One of her favorite things to do growing up was to search the beach for “treasure,” sea glass and interesting drift wood pieces. Other favorite pastimes include: landscape painting, non-fiction, kayaking, re-watching 30-Rock over & over again, poodles, french fries, and shopping! Ellen’s guiltiest pleasure is reality TV shows. Once started, she just can’t stop.
Ellen’s mother is from the Azores, and if she could travel anywhere, it would be back there to improve her Portugese so she could have full conversations with her grandmother!
The treasure hunt of resale shopping is what she loves most about her job, and that includes helping others find clothes that make them feel good and enjoy their experience.
Boutique Ambassador, Shelby
Shelby is the latest member to join our happy band of fun & fashion-minded staff. In addition to her love of style and clothing in particular, Shelby is also a musician, who plays and sings with a band. Not only that, she writes and produces her own music. Just recently, she even booked some studio time for some recording. She plays both guitar and piano, and has her degree in Music Production. So, after she blows up into a global phenom,we can say we knew her when.
Although we anticipate great things from Shelby in the future, we’re delighted to have her with us now and we’re confident you’ll find her just as charming and endearing as we do! With her eyes on the stars, Shelby maintains some down-to-earth tastes, including mac & cheese and pretzels. Her favorite color is yellow, which looks amazing with her dark hair!