July 2014 – A Mount Ida College alumna was inspired so much by her classes at Mount Ida and life-long interest in fashion, that she opened her own business with the hope of inspiring other young women to follow their own entrepreneurial dreams.
Tia DeAngelis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing and merchandising in 2010. An early life interest in fashion first brought DeAngelis to Mount Ida in the fall of 2006. After selecting courses in the areas of fashion marketing and merchandising, she quickly determined that the fashion retail industry was where she belonged.
“I fell in love with the fashion marketing and merchandising program at Mount Ida,” said DeAngelis. “I was drawn to retail and the prospect of opening my own store one day.”
In the midst of her studies at Mount Ida, she took on an internship at Second Time Around in Needham while working on developing business plans in conjunction with her classes:
“My professors were a big part of my success, especially in the areas of developing and designing retail business plans in my program coursework.”
DeAngelis credits her classroom experiences in visual merchandising, fashion show production and product placement with helping her to further develop her fashion knowledge, especially in the consignment industry.
“I fell in love with the idea of consignment and quickly learned how it all worked,” she noted. “I learned much of what I know today about retail, designer brands and marketing strategies from Mount Ida.”
Inspired and motivated to develop her own business from within her Mount Ida classrooms, she continued to work at Second Time Around, managing two store locations before accepting the role as a buyer for Revolve Consignment Boutique.
After a few years of working in the industry and dreaming of a future that included owning her own store, she decided to take an entrepreneurial leap and open the consignment boutique that she had always dreamed of.
“When it came time to make the transition from employee to store owner, I pulled out many of the business plans that I had worked on while at Mount Ida,” she said. “I envisioned what I wanted to do. It was a long process that involved looking at multiple locations and developing my ideal business plan.”
After two years of designing, planning and developing her dream business, DeAngelis opened Fate Consignment Boutique in Danvers, Massachusetts in the spring of 2014:
“It is a dream come true. My favorite part of owning my own business is interacting with my customers every day and living out my passion for the fashion industry.”
At 26-years-old, DeAngelis hopes that her story will encourage other young women to become entrepreneurs so “that they can see their true potential and live out their dreams.”
“Always take a chance,” DeAngelis echoed. “Don’t ever think ‘what if’.”