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Consignment couture in Baltimore

Consignment couture in Baltimore

In a city starved for luxury flagship retail stores, consignment shops are the closest thing fashionistas have to getting the same haute couture looks worn by the world's rich and famous.

Although the fashions might not always be current, they are always a fraction of the cost of clothes found in the shopping districts of New York, Paris, London and L.A.

In Baltimore, the Roland Park neighborhood offers the greatest concentration of high-end consignment shops.

"The Roland Park area is ideal for this industry," said Betsy Wendell, owner of Octavia Cross Keys, a women's boutique in North Baltimore. Wendell frequents consignment shops in Roland Park and promotes...