There have been plenty of times when I stand at the door of my closet and just start purging. It can come out of nowhere—that feeling of just wanting to get rid of everything, packing Trader Joe’s bags full of clothes, shoes and handbags for my sisters, friends and co-workers. Although the feeling of having a clean and organized closet feels amazing, wouldn’t it be more amazing if you didn’t have to spend money attempting to then replace it? Yes. Yes, it would.
Most of us don’t follow the “French way” of closet keeping; you know, the 10-items-and-that’s-it-deal (don’t we all wish we were French?), so when I was approached by the lovely girls of New York’s freshest company, Bib + Tuck, they opened my eyes to a whole new way of shopping while curbing that guilty feeling of purchasing new things I don’t necessarily need. Who can argue with that?
Co-founders and childhood friends Sari Azout and Sari Bibliowicz seemed to catch on to something when they moved into the same NYC building with no closet space and began swapping clothes. Azout says, “It was like shopping without spending, and we thought ‘this is genius, let’s make this a thing.’” Several hundred coffees later they came up with a brilliant setup where selling and reusing clothes are both simple and help support reducing our environmental footprint.
How it works:
- You list an item for sale (aka Bib).
- Once someone wants it (aka Tuck), they “purchase it” with Bib + Tuck dollars.
- A shipping label is then sent to you from Bib + Tuck and you send the item to it’s new owner.
- Bib + Tuck handles the payments (so you don’t have to) and it either goes straight to your Bib + Tuck account to shop other closets, or directly into your bank account.
- Only 15% commission is taken from all sales, which is widely generous compared to other companies who can sometimes take up to 30%.
We were fortunate enough to ask the ladies a few questions about the company, their mission and even what Darling persona they most identify with. Read on to hear what they have to say.
Sari Azout (Co-founder/Operations)
Darling Magazine: How long has Bib + Tuck been alive?
Sari: We officially launched Bib + Tuck in November 2012, though back then it was just us and our friends. It grew pretty organically from there.
DM: What is your mission with Bib + Tuck?
Sari: We want to transform the way you perceive your closet. It’s become really easy to shop online but selling is still a hassle. The bigger vision is micro logistics – the idea that with a little bit of help, our closets can each become tiny distribution centers.
DM: Where did the words “Bib,” and “Tuck” come from?
Sari: To BIB an item means to list it, or put it up for sale. To TUCK means to purchase someone else’s item. It’s our haute couture spin on ‘give and take’. The name actually comes from an old English aristocratic phrase where women were told to wear their best Bib and Tucker, meaning to wear their finest outfit.
DM: What are some of the best lessons you’ve learned from starting this business?
Sari: Just go out there and do it. Too many entrepreneurs overthink it – how do I get started, or what do I do about this, or what’s going to happen if this happens. They think way too much instead of putting themselves out there and making things happen. You’ll learn as you go, and it’s never going to be perfect. You’re always going to be learning from mistakes, adapting to market needs, and improving your product. Don’t be a perfectionist, just go out there and start creating.
Sari Bibliowicz (Co-founder/Marketing)
DM: What does a work week look like for you ladies?
Sari: A week in our startup life is the perfect combination of insanity and excitement. It’s an endless amount of work, creative brainstorming, sleepless nights, interesting meetings, and exciting photoshoots, to name a few. It’s amazing how much you can do in a week if you set yourself to it. Other than work, we all have very exciting hobbies and passions: Ilana is a ridiculous painter, Sari Azout is a serial yogi and book worm, and I’m a travel freak. We each find time to work hard, and play hard.
DM: What is the best part about your job?
Sari: To be passionate about what I do and work with people who inspire me every single day.
DM: If you could give aspiring women like yourselves advice, what would you say?
Sari: 1. You’re not alone! 2. Be proud of yourself. Starting your own thing is hard, there are lots of ups and downs, and the workload is endless but keep your head up high and don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re probably your worst critic!
DM: Favorite thing to do in NYC in the summer?
Sari: I love summers in NYC. Mostly the stickiness and sweatiness of it. If it involves friends, wine, and a rooftop … I’m probably there.
Ilana Savide (Founding member/Head Creative Designer)
DM: What is the best “Bib” you’ve ever seen on the site?
Ilana: My favorite item was this Givenchy magnetic horn earring. It was tucked in minutes but I’ve been wanting it for so long.
DM: What is the best “Tuck” you’ve ever scored?
Ilana: My favorite Tucks have been more about the closet they came from than the about the item itself. Although I did Tuck this fur and leather hood from Daniella Kallmeyer’s [South African designer] closet and I wore it this entire winter.
DM: You’ve been featured on Vogue.com, Elle.com and Refinery29.com in the past year. What kinds of partners do you dream of working with in the future?
Ilana: Every collaboration we’ve done was a dream partnership before it happened. Our next moves are to collaborate with artists and some highly creative people that really believe in our message and align with our brand. We have a myriad of initiatives going on at the same time, and in all of them we’ve partnered up with people I admire and respect, so it makes the projects so much more prolific.
DM: Out of all the Darling personalities, who do you identify with the most?
Ilana: I would like to say the Intellectual, and I would love to say I’m the Stylist, but the Achiever has an article, “Being Your Own Worst Critic.” So that sounds about right. In reality, I think I’m each of these at different times in my life.
Images via Bib + Tuck