Dressing Avenue: The Airbnb of luxury

If you’ve got a special event coming up but your budget is more Primark than Prada, or you’re still feeling guilty about that fabulous dress you splurged on and wore just once, then French start-up Dressing Avenue might just have the answer. Launched in July 2016, Dressing Avenue positions itself as the Airbnb of luxury. Thanks to the site, you can rent out what you don’t wear, and hire what you want to. From Chanel to Chloé, the clothes, shoes and accessories made available for hire are rigorously checked by a stylist, and the authenticity of items are guaranteed by … Continue reading Dressing Avenue: The Airbnb of luxury

eBay teams up with InstantLuxe for eBay Luxe

eBay has teamed up with InstantLuxe.com to launch eBay Luxe, an e-shop dedicated to the sale of secondhand luxury goods. eBay Luxe will see secondhand luxury items sold on eBay via InstantLuxe (an online platform dedicated to buying and selling pre-owned pieces and owned by French department-store chain Galeries Lafayette), meaning that when you make a purchase, your item is guaranteed to be authentic. From bags to bracelets, brands on offer include Cartier, Céline and Chanel. Continue reading eBay teams up with InstantLuxe for eBay Luxe

Dress in the City

Another day, another sustainable fashion concept. Dress in the City stands out for the way it combines the sale of preloved items online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Launched by Florence Faure, Dress in the City allows people to buy (and sell) via its app and e-boutique, as well as at pop-up stores in shopping centres in Ile-de-France. Dress in the City will be at the Parly 2 shopping centre from March 22 – April 1, 2017, at So Ouest from 19-29 April and at Vélizy 2 from 20-30 April. In store, the peculiarity lies in the method of purchase. You register … Continue reading Dress in the City

eBay to launch authentification program for secondhand luxury goods

Although I’m yet to buy a secondhand designer bag online, my default go-to website for a quick browse is always Vestiaire Collective. Why? Because when you buy an item via the site, it is automatically inspected by Vestiaire Collective’s team, who are said to be highly trained in spotting counterfeits. So you can be sure that what you are forking out a lot of money for is indeed the genuine article. Probably the last place I would look is eBay, because we so often hear stories of people buying goods that turn out to be fake—Christina Warren of Gizmodo wrote … Continue reading eBay to launch authentification program for secondhand luxury goods

Oxfam online boutique 70% off sale

Oxfam UK is currently running a sale on its online boutique, with up to 70% off preloved clothing and accessories. There are many great bargains to be had, too. If I had size 5 feet I’d be snapping up the black Burberry courts (pictured) that are now just £28.50, down from £95. I also love the purple strapless Karen Millen dress, which is now a mere £4.79, down from £15.99. I posted a picture of this dress on Instagram – it looks stunning. There’s also a black Gucci dress for £52.50, down from £175, and a Hobbs black and white dress for £15 instead of £50. The item I’m most drawn to, … Continue reading Oxfam online boutique 70% off sale

Once Again online secondhand store

Today I’m talking about Once Again, a French online secondhand store that aims to make fashion accessible while promoting the reuse and recycling of unwanted clothing. You can send your unwanted clothes to Once Again and they’ll pay you cash and sell them for you. This is a great idea for anyone looking to do their bit for the environment and who doesn’t want the hassle of listing things online. And for those of you who are buying, delivery to a Point Relais collection point is free when you spend over €50 Seen Pair of purple and grey Vans €15.95 … Continue reading Once Again online secondhand store

Emmaüs launches online boutique

French charity Emmaüs has today launched an online boutique, Label Emmaüs.You can shop furniture, deco, books…. and of course fashion. Prices are reasonable, and the money raised is all for a good cause. Seen Black leather knee length skirt €15 Black leather Longchamp bag €50 Long purple satin evening gown from Dressit €22 Vintage snakeskin handbag €80 Bought Nothing yet, but I’ll definitely be checking back as more pieces are added for sale       Continue reading Emmaüs launches online boutique

Where to get your designer clothing cast-offs online

As someone whose expensive tastes are not matched by her bank balance, I’m always looking for places to get barely used clothes, bags and shoes for less. I grew up with eBay, but things have changed a lot since then, as Amy E Williams’ article on The Rise of the Resale Rail in this week’s You magazine shows. There’s a whole community of like-minded fashionistas using designer resale websites to buy and sell pre-loved clothes. And it’s not just high-end pieces from likes of Celine and Chanel that people sell. There are also popular items from high street chains, so … Continue reading Where to get your designer clothing cast-offs online