The BA Women's Alliance Partners with Clothes Encounters DC

BA Women's Alliance

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July 30, 2019

August 1st, 2019
Contact: Anna Foster, Communications Coordinator, The BA Women's Alliance
Gail Stern, Owner, Clothes Encounters

BA Women's Alliance Partners with Clothes Encounters DC

Washington, DC 
–  This summer, we're excited to announce that we're partnering with Clothes Encounters DC to support both young women beginning their careers in public service and woman-owned businesses in the District.

Clothes Encounters is a consignment store that sells gently-used, high-end women’s clothing in a fun and vibrant boutique across the street from historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.  Since 1979 they have cultivated a devoted and cherished community of consignors and customers. Their selections include labels Eileen Fisher, Alexis Bittar, Lilly Pulitzer & Diane Von Furstenberg with a healthy topping of J Crew & Ann Taylor.  This  month, Clothes Encounters also generously welcomed our 2019 EmpowHER cohort of women to shop there at a discount to help our BA Women prepare for their internships and interviews.

Clothes Encounters owner, Gail Stern, is a total believer in lifting other women as she climbs. She welcomes all to her store with a promise to never let a customer buy anything unflattering.  B.A. would absolutely love her.

Over the years as owner of Clothes Encounters, Gail and her fabulous team have supported Dress for Success, church charity sales, and local girls' basketball teams, among others. When she heard about the BA Women's Alliance earlier this summer, she was immediately all-in.

We're excited to announce that you can now help support the BA Women's Alliance through the Clothes Encounters Consign for a Cause program! Bring in your gently used clothing and accessories (per the guidelines below), and proceeds will be donated to the BA Women's Alliance.

Guidelines for Consignment:

  • Clothes Encounters will accept women's clothing and accessories that are in style and in season. Ideally nothing should have been purchased more than two years ago.
  • All clothing must be in excellent condition—clean, stainless, odorless, and free of holes, pills, tears, and fraying. They prefer neatly folded clothes in bags, and cannot accept consignments on hangers as there is no hanging storage. Shoes must be cleaned top, bottom, and inside.
  • Consignments are made on a first come first served basis. Weekends are busy. Spring clothing is accepted beginning in February and Fall clothing in August. Please limit consignments to 25 pieces maximum. If planning a larger consignment please call to schedule
  • Simply let staff know when you drop off that you are "Consigning for a Cause" for the BA Women's Alliance!

Women supporting women is key to all of our success. That's why we celebrate and appreciate our DC women-owned businesses, like Clothes Encounters, who use their business for good. Interested in creating a partnership with us of your own? Learn more about opportunities for involvement!

BA Women's Alliance

The BA Women’s Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which supports the educational, personal, and professional development of women who seek to make a difference in the world.

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