Having a passion for fashion can be pretty depressing when all the designer items of your dreams are totally out of your budget.
Or are they?
Sue McCarthy—founder and CEO of the Vault Luxury Resale and reality TV star—has paved the way for women to wear luxury labels for less. A closet canvasser of celebrities and the founder of her multimillion-dollar resale empire known around the world for its abundance of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada, McCarthy has made a name for herself by going after big names. Ironically, she didn’t even have a name until she was five years old and growing up, her family’s house didn’t have plumbing or walls, let alone closets.
In her new autobiography, Good, Better, Best, McCarthy dishes on how she beat the odds of her humble beginnings to achieve acclaim as the nation’s upscale resale queen. Her incredible rags-to-riches story takes readers behind the scenes of the world of luxury resale and into the closets of some of the world’s wealthiest and most stylish women—including celebrities and even Vegas call girls! From her very first closet buy—a risky visit she wasn’t entirely sure she would survive—to her jaw-dropping experiences with European and Hollywood high society, McCarthy shares her unbelievable adventures in fashion’s upper echelons with honesty, wit, and warmth.
McCarthy has rubbed elbows with Oprah, Heidi Klum, and Rachel Zoe, who produced the 2013 reality TV show, Resale Royalty (The Style Network) that featured her and her daughters in their St. Louis store. But her life didn’t begin with glitz, and she relays this through hilarious, irreverent tales of living in a New Orleans’ park as a child and styling hair for the deceased as a young beautician. She overcame poverty, sexual harassment, and personal tragedy to become a successful entrepreneur at a time when women business owners were almost non-existent. And today, she pays it forward by inspiring other females.
“My book is really a story of an entrepreneurial woman who turned every obstacle into an opportunity, always strived to do the right thing, and beat all the odds,” says McCarthy. “I hope to inspire other entrepreneurs and show them what’s possible when you maintain a sense of humor and positive attitude.”