Vestiaire Collective: the pre-owned fashion site to know about
Sustainability has long been a buzzword in the fashion industry thanks to an ever-more discerning, but environmentally conscious, customer. Yes we want gorgeous luxury things, but not at the expense of the planet. Now that’s possible thanks to online retailer Vestiaire Collective.
Founded in Paris in 2009, Vestiaire Collective is the leading online marketplace to buy and sell pre-owned designer clothing and accessories, offering savvy shoppers a new, affordable alternative to the fast fashion shopping habits of recent years.
Over the past few years, the fashion industry has risen to the challenge of being more eco-friendly with ethical fashion brands and sustainable fabrics, but the current trend seems to be not what we shop, but how we shop.
In the bad old days our main options were either throwaway fast fashion or the tendency to hoard investment pieces.
However the current school of thought seems to be focusing on recycling.
You sell your current, pre-loved (or unworn) pieces to free up money and wardrobe space, in order to buy other pre-loved designer pieces at a fraction of the original cost. Your wardrobe has a regular detox, is constantly refreshed and your carbon footprint is free from manufacturing damage.
In a climate where individuality, sustainability and moderation are key considerations, Vestiaire Collective is a shoppers’ delight. Not only does it offer affordable access to all those luxury labels you’ve dreamed of owning, such as Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, it gives you a constantly evolving and detoxed wardrobe that you can keep renewing with a clear conscience. Plus. with authenticity at the heart of its approach, all sold items are checked by a team of in-house experts to guarantee that every item is the real deal.
Vestiaire Collective now boasts a community of more than five million stylish fashion lovers, all sharing their pre-loved pieces within that community. To not be involved is, surely, to be missing out.
Here we shop some of the new season’s trends available at vestiairecollective.com.
Bright colours are huge this season and red is the fiercest option.
Leather handbag, Chanel
Maxi dress, Self Portrait
Jumpsuit, Polo Ralph Lauren
Leather ankle boots, Balenciaga
Silk blouse, Isabel Marant
Leather mules and cloges, Gucci
Colour blocking is a chic way to introduce colour to a lacklustre wardrobe. These pieces could work equally well worn together or adding a single piece to a one colour outfit.
Mid-length skirt, Roksanda
Leather clutch bag, Céline
Mid-length dress, Bottega Veneta
Bazaar bag leather tote, Balenciaga
Masculine tailoring is a trend that works so well on women. Exude effortless chic with these cool and timeless pieces that will work well teamed with almost anything in your wardrobe.
Wool coat, Balenciaga
Cashmere coat, Céline
Patent leather laceups, Prada
It comes around every season but never loses its cool, so these will be investment pieces – if you can resist reselling to buy the next hot trend that is.
Christal watch, Dior
Leather biker boots, Louis Vuitton
Short vest, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Cashmere jumper, Luella
Jacket, Acne Studios
*Availability and prices subject to change.
Whether you’re after key one-off pieces, rare vintage finds, limited edition items or want to detox your wardrobe, visit vestiairecollective.com