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Aug 2, 2021

S5 Ep23 CROSSROADS TRADING: with Melissa, Crossroads’ first employee hired back in 1991 to start the Fillmore St. store in San Francisco - on buy-sell-trade and growing to 35 stores.


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Pre-Loved Podcast: Crossroads Trading

Today we’re speaking with Melissa Laubstein, the Chief Retail Officer of Crossroads Trading. Melissa was actually Crossroad’s very first employee, hired by founders Jerry Block and Chip Gerken back in 1991 to start the original San Francisco Crossroads store. 

Now, I bet if you’re listening to this show, you know Crossroads. They were one of the first resale clothing brands to make it big as an alternative to traditional retail. Now, 30 years later, Crossroads has expanded to 35 stores across the United States, including locations in California, New York, Texas, Chicago, Seattle and Portland.

On this episode we’ll hear about how Melissa found her way to Crossroads, what the early days were like, how the industry has changed, and the lessons she’s learned, plus a bit about trend forecasting for the upcoming fashion season, Melissa’s favorite style stories and more. 

I’m really, really excited for this episode, so let’s dive right in! 

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