Rachel Zabar has gone from serving up caviar at her family’s famous Upper West Side grocery store to selling vintage clothes to the stars.
That’s according to a Sunday profile in The New York Times that takes a look at the Jewish grocery store heiress’ masterful move into the competitive world of second-hand clothes dealing.
“We had a family friend who was a designer, and she used to take me to the flea markets when I was nine or 10,” Zabar told the Times, discussing her early interest in fashion.
“I started wearing the treasures I found. I’m talking stripes and flowers and rows of pearls and a weird hat. If my mom told me I couldn’t wear anything to school, there would be tantrums and screaming.”
As the piece recalls, there was a long road to success, with stints in other areas of the arts - like photography and documentary making - having failed.
But living in Los Angeles, she has stumbled on success peddling vintage clothes and accoutrements to stars, including Rihanna and Tracee Ellis Ross.