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Crain's Chicago Business
Jayna Cooke, 31, resigned as vice president of business development at Groupon Inc. in October to start Closet Angels, a Chicago-based designer resale business that donates profits to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, whose headquarters is in Memphis, Tenn. In her new, fashion-based business, she can take more style risks. This is an edited version of Crain's interview.
Time Out Chicago
A former Groupon exec is behind this new organization that sells donated designer men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, and jewelry on sites like eBay and then donates the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The process is simple: Closet Angels send you prepaid postage and an empty box, and once it receives your goods (in like-new condition and worth $50 or more), you’ll get a tax-donation receipt.
GLOSSED & FOUND!
Jayna Cooke excels at just about everything she puts her mind to. It’s easy to be bitter about people like that, but not Jayna—her latest endeavor is all for a good cause (plus, she’s way to adorable not to love). Closet Angels, the company she launched in November, is consignment for a cause: women donate their old designer duds, Closet Angels sells them, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
By the age of 31, Jayna Cooke has held the title of Miss Teen Michigan, district sales manager and fashion buyer for Neiman Marcus, Regional Manager at Echo Global Logistics, and Vice President of Business Development and top-earning salesperson at Groupon, the Internet’s daily deal phenomenon. Once responsible for managing Groupon’s largest book of business, she was the one woman who accounted for 25% of the company’s entire revenue, having successfully secured partnerships with two of the biggest retailers in the fashion world—Gap and Nordstrom. She further catapulted Groupon to fame when she landed the company’s placement on Oprah Winfrey’s esteemed list of “Favorite Things” in 2010.
Now, that you can see what you have…get rid of all the clothing and accessories that no longer work for you and your lifestyle. Hate to part with those designer duds that just aren’t right for you anymore? Want a hassle-free, heartwarming way to salvage them? Be sure to check out Closet Angels…a new way to give back.