A true consignment queen and advocate for helping provide clothes to women in need, Katie Evans started The Clothing Bar in Calgary a few years ago. She saw the need for more options to consign in the city and took advantage of it. She has an amazing knack for business and can also throw a damn good party. The Clothing Bar hosts an annual Retail Therapy night featuring local popups, cocktails and some sweet treats to bring together some of the most stylish ladies to support a local charity. Katie’s desire to give back to the community as much as she does is one of the many reasons we admire this lady boss. Get a glimpse into her life and how you can continue to support her.
ACE: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Katie: I currently own and operate The Clothing Bar Boutique-a women's consignment store in Calgary. I start tons of side projects (some to completion, most of them not so much). I currently finished creating a new magazine in Calgary called YYC in Style, and soon to begin planning for our 4th annual Retail Therapy Night!
ACE: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Katie: I believe in consignment. It really is a powerful movement that more and more people are starting to stand behind. Recycle, recycle, recycle-plus it’s way more fun than the mall and you find the coolest pieces. We need more boutique stores in Calgary that involve themselves regularly in the community too!
ACE: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Katie: My dream was to never work for someone else. That sounds cliche I know, BUT I knew it in my bones I was meant to work for myself. Of course I had to be an employee at points in my life, but without those experiences, I would not have been able to create my business. It was only through my work experience that I developed the concept of my business and was able to make it successful. If being an entrepreneur didn’t work out, I would have settled for being a Criminal Courts Judge, but…we all know I wouldn’t have made it through law school lol.
ACE: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Katie: Impulsive. Impatient. Compassionate.
ACE: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Katie: Arlene Dickinson-she writes really good books! I really connected with her while reading her experiences before I started my business, and I admire her work ethic.
ACE: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Katie: Literally a babe, who is her own boss! Or not her own boss. Or a mom, a sister, a friend. Or really any babe who knows what she wants and goes for it.
ACE: How do you empower other women?
Katie: Hopefully just by owning a business! Sometimes it’s hard to imagine yourself doing great things, but even if it empowers one other person you know you’ve done good work. The Clothing Bar as a team collectively raise money for charities around the city, and hosts events that evoke a sense of community. I think its empowering in itself to ask for help, and put your pride aside to learn something new.
ACE: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Katie: “Owning a business is more than hard work, it is also a privilege”. This always stuck with me. As a business owner, we’re so busy day in and day out, that sometimes we need to be reminded to come back down to earth and try to make a difference in the world.
ACE: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Katie: To put my pride aside. The ego is a powerful thing, and if you don’t check yourself it can burn you! Everybody makes mistakes but I definitely wasn’t prepared to be “that person” who could fail. It took me quite a while before I could come to terms with the fact that my pride was actually holding me back instead of allowing me to move forward.
ACE: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Katie: Crack a bottle of wine, cuddle my dogs, and put on my current fave TV series. Sometimes I find myself starting new projects too, or planning out my next big idea.
ACE: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Katie: Oh man. Honestly, I hope to just be remembered as a good honest person. Who knows what other businesses I’ll dabble in, but those won’t matter. At the end of the day, your kindness is all people will remember you for.
Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Katie: Stop by the shop in Marda Loop in Calgary or visit our website www.clothingbarboutique.ca.
Stay connected with Katie: @clothing_bar_yyc