Student & Business Owner
In 2003 Johanna Zlenko moved to Santa Barbara. While attending school she helped open a vintage shop called "The Closet".
Within months, Johanna took over ownership of the fledgling business. She ran the shop in Santa Barbara while attending UCSB, later graduating with my BA in Global Studies in 2007.
It takes Two
In 2008 we opened a second location in Westlake Village, CA, about 60 miles south of Santa Barbara, in Ventura County. Around the same time, Taylor Lambert came on as a Sales Associate at the Santa Barbara shop. Later becoming an integral part of day-to-day operations and growing into her role as COO.
In 2009 we began doing business under the name "The Closet Trading Company™" and moved our flagship location to the big leagues on State Street in Santa Barbara in 2010.
In 2011 during the Great Recession we opened our third location in Santa Monica, CA. Reduced leases and a surge in up-cycling culture allowed us to thrive.
The shop in Westlake Village was relocated to the neighboring community of Agoura Hills, CA. This model proved effective in in a quiet neighborhood shopping center in the suburbs and not just in tourist-driven destinations.
Turning the Tide
The Closet Trading company leads the industry by becoming the first consignment or resale business that has been permitted to operate in any Westfield Property worldwide. Our fourth store opens at The Village at Westfield Topanga.