We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Hillman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennifer, every day, we learn about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Thanks so much for having us! The name of our company – LuxAnthropy – we made up, by combining LUXury and philANTHROPY. And, we started LuxAnthropy because one day, we were each cleaning out our closets and talking about how we wanted to find a place where we could sell our things, make some money and give some money to a charity that we loved. It seemed so simple but nothing like this existed. So, we thought, why don’t we create this place ourselves?!

We first reached out to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to benchmark the idea and BCRF President Myra Biblowit’s reaction was “Wait, why isn’t this being done already?” So, we knew we were onto something and BCRF was our first charity partner. We are forever grateful to them for taking the risk and partnering with us on this new idea. So many of BCRF’s supporters are now selling items from their wardrobes to support them, including Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, who posted about it on social media and her fans were beyond excited!

Today, we’re partnering with more than 20 charities and we couldn’t be more thrilled to support so many incredible organizations – from St. Jude and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to the LGBT Center, Project Angel Food and North Shore Animal League America.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Sure. LuxAnthropy is different from other resale websites because every item that we sell supports a charity making a difference in our world today.  It could be a global charity like World Central Kitchen, providing meals in the wake of natural disasters, or a local charity like the Labelle Foundation, rescuing dogs throughout Los Angeles. And you’ll know which charity the item you buy supports because it’s included in the item’s details.  So, when you purchase at LuxAnthropy, you feel good knowing that you got an incredible deal, helped the environment, AND helped a very worthy cause.  In short, we created our LuxAnthropy based on the belief that conscious consumerism, along with small but thoughtful acts of generosity, breeds global change.

Four years later, we’ve gotten to where we are through building solid relationships with our charity partners, our consignors and our customers across the country, and around the world. Every item we sell, whether from a fashionista’s closet, a celebrity’s wardrobe, or a studio that is wrapping a film or television show, is carefully selected, authenticated and curated. At LuxAnthropy, our sellers choose us because they like the option of being able to make money and give money, especially now in this post-pandemic world when there are more people than ever in need of a helping hand.  From the onset, we wanted to allow our sellers/consignor’s giving amounts to be a personal choice, because giving in any amount, is great. LuxAnthropy also contributes five percent of its proceeds to the same charity.

Fashionistas, women and men alike, love shopping with us because we have a great selection of designer and high fashion clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories – for women and men- and our customers feel good knowing that their purchase is making a difference to someone in need.

Making a difference from an environmental perspective is built into our DNA and we love that. When an item moves from the back of one person’s closet to the front of someone else’s (vs. going into landfills), we’re helping to preserve our world for future generations. I love to tell people that buying one used item reduces its carbon footprint by more than 80%!

We’re a small but mighty team and I’m so grateful to everyone on it. I think we all work really hard because we want to make a difference. Over these last several years, I’ve personally learned a lot about human nature and that, for the most part, helping others is intrinsic in each of us. Everyone just feels good helping others. It’s that simple. With our platform, we’re incredibly excited that we’ve created a way where giving back is made easy.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Having grown up in Chicago, followed by many years in New York City, I never imagined a life in Southern California. It took me a couple years to settle in, but now I couldn’t love it more.

The three must-do’s when visiting LA, are the beach, the views, and shopping. If one of my best friends from college was visiting from the East Coast, we would have to start with the Santa Monica Pier and then pick up sandwiches at Bay Cities Italian Deli and drive up PCH to Malibu for a picnic on the beach. This would be followed by a visit to Abbot Kinney to check out the many amazing shops, then to Melrose, and a quick stop on Rodeo. The chopped salad at La Scala is also an institution, and I love it. Drinks and dinner at Sunset Tower is one of my favorite places to go with friends and a good time is had by all, always!

Getting a bird’s-eye view of LA along the Pacific ocean is definitely on the bucket list when visiting. Some of my favorite spots for views are hiking at Temescal, along with walking around Griffiths Observatory and The Getty, off of the 405. Descanso Gardens, a botanical garden in La Canada, is also an unexpected must-see spot. It’s an escape from the fast pace of the city.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d have to say that having supportive parents, including a mother who is a two-time breast cancer survivor, who ingrained in me from a very early age that I could do anything I set my mind to, started me off on the right path!  This, combined with working alongside the iconic philanthropist Evelyn Lauder for several years to elevate The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, has propelled me in ways that are still surprising me today.

These two very special women, along with so many others, have helped me and us get to where we are today and I am incredibly grateful to each and every one of them. Our fuel is also the support and gratitude we receive from our charity partners, and the responses we receive from so many of our consignors and customers. When we contact our sellers to let them know something of theirs has sold, the typical response we hear is “That’s amazing! I’m going to send you more items from my closet. And tell my friends about LuxAnthropy.” Recently, a customer called to say that she’d been looking for one of the designer dresses that she purchased on LuxAnthropy for a year, and was so excited to find it, and even more excited to know that everything being sold on the website supports wonderful charities.  This really made us smile!

Website: https://luxanthropy.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luxanthropy/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-mann-hillman-a698008/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/luxanthropy/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luxanthropy/

Image Credits
Image Credits: Sarah Turner, Cassie Noel, Rachel Waxenberg, Liv Robinson, Lucy Reich

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