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The Closet Trading Co. Looks to Expand with Newly Launched Franchise Opportunity

June 12, 2019 // // SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – As the line between new and used apparel blurs for consumers, a powerful transformation in the retail space is unfolding and one retailer – The Closet Trading Co. – is leading the charge and looking to dominate the secondhand market with its newly launched franchise program. Touted […]


Spirit of Entrepreneurship™

This 501(c)3 corporation supports business at all levels. Every year women and students are recognized and awarded for their dedication to their passions. Johanna Zlenko was honored to receive this award in 2018. To see how Johanna’s passion became a reality, check out Our Story. Read the full article HERE


WEV: Million Dollars Club – Vida Newspaper

(This article was originally published in the Vida Newspaper 02/22/18 is Section B1) On Monday, February 5th, the Women’s Economic Ventures honored Johanna Zlenko and inducted her into the Million Dollar Club. ‍To find out how The Closet Trading Company came to be, read Our Story. Posted on: Thursday, February 22, 2018 in Press category.


Giving Back this Holiday Season

(This was originally published at, you can read the original article here.) ‍ A former UC Santa Barbara graduate and owner of an upscale consignment boutique in Santa Barbara is giving back to new moms in the community this holiday season. Johanna Zlenko started The Closet Trading Co. thirteen years ago as a college freshman. […]


Westfield Topanga Welcomes The Closet Trading Co.

(This article was originally published on, you can read the original article here.) 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. ‍ Following its last September, The […]


Bond Street: Not Just Teen Dreams

(This article was originally published on The original and FULL interview can be read here.) Here is an excerpt of this powerful interview ‍ BOND STREET What were you doing before you started Closet Trading Co.? JOHANNA MELAMED I started when I was 18 years old, so not a whole lot. That was 12 years […]


Real Talk with a Fashionista

“It is valuable to be aware of what your competitors are doing and how they are progressing, but we try to always be more concerned about working within our own company to continually develop ourselves.”​ (This article was originally published on – you can read the original here.) “ Johanna Melamed is a young entrepreneur […]


Women’s Economic Ventures

(This profile was originally written by WEV. The original can be read here.) “ Johanna launched The Closet when she took over a small vintage clothing boutique in Isla Vista at age 19. She loved fashion and clothes and thought it could also help pay for college.  After about four years, even with a move to downtown Santa […]


The Closet on CNN

(This was originally published on CNN. Watch video on Youtube!) Our business has thrived during the economic downturn – the cycle of resale and consignment has become an essential part of shoppers buying habits. The Closet revolution has hit Los Angeles. ‍ Posted on: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 in Press category.


Student Finds Success in the Closet

(This article was orginally published on – University of California, Santa Barabara by Leah Lee Reporter. You can read the entire article here.) “ Shoppers have been coming in and out of The Closet for three years now – ever since UCSB student Johanna Melamed opened the clothing resale boutique in downtown Santa Barbara. Melamed, […]