Like any little girl, Christina Carathanassis loved to dress up. But for Christina, this childhood stage grew into a full-blown fashion obsession that has shaped her entire life. Her mother Ro (Mammabelle) explains, “When Christina was five years old, she gave me advice … and I actually listened to it! She just has this amazing sense of what looks good on everyone.” Naturally, in high school and college, Christina’s closet was often raided by her friends and family. Christina always knew that her closet had a special draw; it always held the right clothes and Christina proudly wore the label of the “go-to-girl” for fashion advice.
Growing up so close to the fashion Mecca of Manhattan, in Bergen County, New Jersey, a career in beauty and fashion was a natural choice. After college, Christina rose the ranks quickly to a top Manhattan- based publicist working for high-end clients in the beauty and fashion industries. It was there she was entrenched in red carpet, star-studded fashion events such as The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards and Fashion Week (New York, Los Angeles and Miami). In the midst of all the celebrity-driven, fashion hype and glamour, Christina knew she too had a special talent for fashion and had been sitting on the sidelines of the fashion world long enough. In 2004, Christina’s brainchild Christabelle’s Closet Designer Resale Boutique opened up in the virtual world for every woman with a passion for fashion to explore.
This time, Christabelle’s (Christina’s childhood nickname) Closet opened its online doors bursting with designer treasures and designer duds, culled from Manhattan socialites, LA’s famous faces and high-powered fashion and beauty executives. And, like any discriminating stylist, Christina handpicks only the best to be housed in Christabelle’s Closet. This Closet was designed to hold only the cream-of-the-crop designer bargains – to be sold — in the most pristine condition. The authentic designer goods are gathered from the country’s fashion elite. “Real fashion divas strike while the iron is hot,” states Christina. “Every week there is something new coming in and so many amazing pieces leaving that are destined for happy new closets!”
Whether one is buying or selling, visiting the site is truly a rewarding experience; it’s a peak inside an amazing, hand-selected vault of designer finds. Christina currently resides in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where she eats, breathes and lives fashion & beauty… along with a bevy of her fashionable friends and her (very well dressed) man.
No longer is her Closet reserved for only an exclusive few; now everyone has access to the Closet of a true fashion genius. SHOP CHRISTABELLE’S CLOSET
** In 2008, Christabelle’s Closet – The Blog was born. Since then, privileged readers get the ins-outs/hots-nots/cool-not so much on every topic…from Christina herself. Fashion, Beauty, Travel, Food, Wine and more – she has her finger on the pulse of all the trends and products you need to follow. **
PHOTO SHOOT CREDITS:
On location- NYC Public Library
Photography: Matthew Degnan
Makeup Artist: Joping Keo
Stylist: Colleen McCann