Sabrina Grassi: Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur

“In every girl’s dream world, money wouldn’t be an issue and closet space would be unlimited,” Sabrina tells us. Probably true, which is why she launched her business, Sabrina’s Closet, to help make that dream world more of a reality…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your business in a nutshell.  
In every girl’s dream world, money wouldn’t be an issue and closet space would be unlimited. Sabrina’s Closet makes this dream as close to a reality as possible. Sabrina’s Closet is an online luxury boutique that sells both new, and lightly used designer fashions for less. When your closet gets too full, you can use your existing wardrobe to buy yourself a new one by consigning your goods! 

Why did you start your business, what was the inspiration?
I wanted to buy a Chanel bag. Spending all that money on one piece seemed irrational and excessive, especially considering the lack of space in my closet and the lack of extra cash in my wallet. With that in mind, I started selling my superfluous belongings online. I figured that by turning my clothes into cash I could justify buying my dream purse. This plan worked out better than expected and friends and family began asking me to do the same for them. Knowing first-hand how time consuming a project like this could be, I saw an opportunity to offer my services as a full-time middle man, helping move clothing and accessories from one closet to another. 

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
I’d have to say the best part is recycling fashion and finding ways to make older pieces look good. I believe everything can look good as long as you know how to put it together. You don’t necessarily need to be wearing the latest trends to look great. It’s about mixing and matching. I find the fashion industry has become extremely mass-produced, and everything tends to look the same. Pairing older clothing and accessories with new ones enables you to create a fresh and unique look.    

The most challenging part is balancing work, school, friends and family. Being a student and an entrepreneur was definitely tough (especially during exams), but worth all the hard work!   

Where do you see your business going in 5 years?
Sabrina’s Baby Closet! I would love to extend my offerings with baby clothes. Mothers always want their children decked out in designer fashions, but it’s expensive and they grow up so fast! I think it’s a perfect solution. 

What does success look like to you? Excelling in something you are passionate about.  

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Reaching 15,000 page views within six hours of the launch of my web site and realizing that something I had been envisioning for so long was now a reality. Seeing my interests in business and fashion come together and all my hard work come to life was very rewarding.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Set small tangible goals so you are not overwhelmed while still keeping the big picture in mind. Create your own deadlines and make sure to write them down. Take it step by step and it will all come together.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support an Italian cultural centre near my home called Casa d’Italia because I am attached to my Italian heritage and culture.  

What is Notable to you?
Success stories from my peer group are my ultimate inspiration.

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How do you keep active, energetic, and vibrant?
I am pretty energetic by nature. Besides that, I’d love to say exercising, but candy is what does it for me (cherry blasters).