Hi! I'm Clare Koppang. I realized a need for Council after working in retail for 10+ years. I kept hearing the same thing over and over from clients- "I love that but could never pull it off", or "I love that but wouldn't know how to style it". I wanted women to wear that piece of clothing they loved and feel great in it, so I offered suggestions on how to wear it and began doing closet edits and wardrobe styling on the side. My side hustle quickly grew, so I took a leap in 2014 and quit my job to open Council Wardrobe Studio. At first I only had a couple racks and a table of jeans and sweaters, and by-appointment hours since I was often out on styling appointments. I then grew that into a larger inventory and online store.
Fast forward to getting married and having our first child, I convinced my husband to move back to my hometown of Columbus, GA in 2017. After the move, I got a small studio space in the Bibb City area to test the waters and see if a store like Council could make it here. The response was overwhelming! People were so excited to have something new and different in their town. I took another leap and opened Council as a brick-and-mortar store in Columbus in May 2018. I still did closet edits and styling from time to time (when I had time), but made the store my priority. We have experienced amazing growth and are excited to move to a new space at Highside Market later this Spring!