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Meet Jennifer Hillman of LuxAnthropy in Sherman Oaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Hillman.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My career has had some pivotal chapters, including five years at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC, followed by a longer stint at The Estee Lauder Companies, where I worked on PR and marketing in corporate, brand and philanthropic roles, including VP of Global Communications for The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Throughout it all, I’ve been fortunate to have learned from the best. The position which had the most impact on me was working alongside Evelyn Lauder and overseeing The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. This global initiative raises awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. This role hit close to home as my mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor and thankfully, she’s still with us today due to her early detection. This position has both motivated and propelled me in ways that are always surprising to me today. While living in NYC post-college, I fell in love with the many resale and vintage stores in the city. Mostly because I love designer items, but also because I realized that I could buy cool, essentially one-of-a-kind pieces, at prices that didn’t break the bank. Co-founding LuxAnthropy brought together my love for fashion and resale with my intrinsic knowledge of charities and how they are always looking for ways to raise money in simple, easy ways. When we first came up with LuxAnthropy’s “make-money, give-money” business model, Myra Biblowit, President of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) was one of the first people I called to share the idea with. And when Myra responded with “Wait, why isn’t this being done already?” I knew we were onto something that could really be powerful. BCRF was LuxAnthropy’s founding partner and today we’re incredibly proud to say that we have more than 22 highly-rated charity partners, with more coming on board.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Yes and no. Starting any new business has its peaks and valleys, and we are no exception. I think for me, the things that keep me going are: the enthusiasm from our charity partners when they receive the money we’ve raised for them; our clients who are excited to up-cycle items sitting in their closet to support a cause they are passionate about; and our customers who are thrilled when they can purchase something like a designer bag they’ve been looking for at a price they can afford, that has the bonus of supporting a great cause. Bottom line is that I’ve learned a lot about human nature and that, for the most part, helping others is intrinsic in each of us. Everyone feels good helping others. It’s just that simple. With our platform, we’re incredibly excited that we’ve created a way where giving back is made easy. We all work hard because we want to make a difference.

Please tell us about your business.
In short, LuxAnthropy was created with the belief that conscious consumerism and environmental awareness, along with small but thoughtful acts of generosity, breed global change. Given the growing resale market, and knowing that there are so many worthy charities looking for new ways to raise funds, we decided to combine luxury resale and philanthropy on one platform, creating LuxAnthropy – a high fashion resale website based out of Los Angeles with customers around the world – where people can make money and give money simply by selling items from their closet. With access to the wardrobes of celebrities, stylists, influencers, fashion houses, and Hollywood insiders, savvy consumers can purchase new and almost-new designer fashion, accessories, and gifts, all while generating needed funds for philanthropic causes across multiple categories. LuxAnthropy’s experts carefully select, authenticate, style, and sell each item at prices up to 85% off retail. Funds for charity partners are raised in two ways: sellers donate a percentage of their commission to a charity partner; and LuxAnthropy contributes 5% of its proceeds to the same charity. Categories currently sold on LuxAnthropy.com include designer apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories and gifts. To date, we have countless clients selling items and more than 22 global, national and local charities who are benefiting from large, medium and smaller donations from our clients. We like to say that no amount is too small and we are proud to have created a space where people can donate the amount that works for their lifestyle as they’re rotating their closets. We offer white-glove service, meaning we pick up items or provide pre-paid mailing labels, authenticate, curate, photograph and sell the items for our clients. We happily make it a super easy process that is a win-win for everyone involved!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
The list is endless! Starting something new takes a village, and we are no exception. We have an all-female advisory board, each of whom brings different expertise and POV to the table, and all have been incredibly helpful in guiding us at launch and as we make strategic decisions while our company is continuing to grow. We have a small but very agile team in-house, which has included incredible interns who believe in our mission and bring a refreshing perspective. Additionally, many of our clients and customers have given us wonderful feedback, which we are so incredibly appreciative of. Suffice it to say. We are grateful to all of the above – along with those who have taken a moment to check us out, share us with friends and family, purchase items, and consign with us. We created LuxAnthropy based on the belief that conscious consumerism, along with small but thoughtful acts of generosity, breeds global change, and we truly believe it!

Pricing:

  • Louis Vuitton Monceau 28 Handbag – Retail Price: $3,975 | LuxAnthropy Price: $1,350
  • Christian Louboutin Heels with Studs – Retail Price $1,295 | LuxAnthropy Price: $195
  • Chanel Sunglasses – Retail Price: $375 | LuxAnthropy Price: $105
  • Dior Women’s Blazer – Retail Price: $1250 | LuxAnthropy Price: $205
  • Rag & Bone Top –  Retail Price: $275 | LuxAnthropy Price: $45
  • Nili Lotan Pants –  Retail Price: $345 | LuxAnthropy price: $65

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