Vestiaire Collective at Vogue Experience Paris

French online luxury resale store Vestiaire Collective hosted three masterclasses at the inaugural Vogue Experience day in Paris last Saturday. Each masterclass tackled a different subject: wardrobe detoxes, 90s and vintage fashion and how to authenticate a Birkin. Wardrobe detox Taking tips from Vestiaire Collective co-founder Fanny Moison, the site’s editor-in-chief Elvira Masson talked attendees through the best way to approach a wardrobe detox. Women wear about 40% of their wardrobe, Masson said, which means that more than half of our clothes are not being worn. So instead of leaving them to languish, why not put them back into circulation … Continue reading Vestiaire Collective at Vogue Experience Paris

Marupe: Secondhand shopping 2.0

‘For everyone who likes fashion, good deals and personalized advice,’ is the ethos behind recently launched Marupe, an app-based consignment store. Part of a new wave of secondhand clothing concepts targeting style savvy millennials, Marupe was founded by Marion Russo-Pelosi (Marupe is an abbreviation of her name). Russo-Pelosi’s CV is impressive–she studied fashion design and then worked for Parisian couture houses, spent time as a stylist for television and then moved to ready-to-wear brand Maje. Each piece for sale on Marupe is styled and shot on a model, such as a Léon & Harper jumper (€60), a Maje denim dress … Continue reading Marupe: Secondhand shopping 2.0

Vintage &cætera pops up in Paris

French online vintage clothing boutique Vintage &cætera is hosting its first physical sale this weekend in Paris. It’s on at Au Tables de Père Lachaise (44 boulevard Ménilmontant, 75020) on Saturday March 3 from 12pm to 8pm. Why should we be buying vintage and secondhand? As Vintage &cætera points out, from production to transport, fashion is the most polluting industry worldwide after the oil industry. Vintage&cætera is something of a new kid on the block – it was founded three months ago, but is quickly gaining popularity among the stylish, slow fashion set. Founder Amandine Grimbert has a humanitarian background, … Continue reading Vintage &cætera pops up in Paris

Vestiaire Collective to open first boutique, launches fashion campaign

France-based luxury retail site Vestiaire Collective is to open its first boutique on October 19, for four months. Located in the heart of Paris, the pop-up will offer Parisians and tourists the opportunity to shop a curated selection of luxury, pre-owned items. They can also have a coffee at the Vestiaire Café, and leave with a bouquet of flowers from renowned florist Racine Paris. Vestiaire Collective is also debuting its first-ever fashion campaign, at the beginning of Paris Fashion Week. The campaign features international model of the moment Lexi Boling, Parisian ‘It’ boy Paul Hameline, and Japanese cover star Manami … Continue reading Vestiaire Collective to open first boutique, launches fashion campaign

Secondhand clothing site Micolet launches in France

FashionNetork reports that Spanish second-hand clothing site Micolet has launched in France. Spanish brands like Lefties, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bimba y Lola and Berskha are at the fore, but dig a little deeper and you can find an Isabel Marant Etoile top for €19.95 instead of €115, a Rag & Bone dress for €15.91 instead of €420 and a burgundy Sandro blazer (which I’ve been lusting over for ages—my friend has it in green) for €52.27 instead of €225. For now, consumers in France can only purchase items, but are set to also be able to sell them in future … Continue reading Secondhand clothing site Micolet launches in France

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