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

Haute Couture under the hammer

Today I went to an exhibit of haute-couture organised by Parisian auction house Artcurial. On display at the famous Hôtel Drouot in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the (mostly vintage) pieces came from various collectors and are set to go under the hammer tomorrow, February 3. From Chanel to Christian Dior via Courrèges, there are some great pieces up for auction, with some 550 lots in total. My favourite was the Balenciaga Haute Couture coat dress from circa 1948, which had an estimate of between €2,500 and €4,500. Other items aren’t expected to go for as much, however; a Franck Sorbier dress worn by the actress Saïda Jawad at Paris … Continue reading Haute Couture under the hammer

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

Les Emplettes vente flash

Parisian pop-up Les Emplettes is back this weekend with a flash sale. This mini edition spanning just two days is sure to throw up some great secondhand bargains, so I’ll definitely be stopping by. During the December edition, labels for sale included Eric Bompard, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Sandro, Maje and Balmain, so I’m excited to see what will be on the rails this time around. Les Emplettes, 11 rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris. From 14-15 January 10am-8pm Continue reading Les Emplettes vente flash

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

A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

French luxury resale website Vestiaire Collective has opened a pop-up shop at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental hotel. The pop-up is running from Dec 13 – Dec 22, with prices ranging from €100 – €30,000, according to Vogue. Given that I regularly drool over the designer pieces on Vestiaire Collective (and because it’s not every day that I get to go to a five star hotel), I had to go and check them out in real life. Even though the designer items on display were ‘preloved’, they looked entirely unused. A leather Saint Laurent jacket, a Chanel bag, a beautiful beaded dress that I … Continue reading A visit to Vestiaire Collective’s Parisian pop-up

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

A visit to Violette et Leonie

Parisian secondhand concept store Violette et Leonie is, in a word, fabulous. Laid out like a boutique, it sells secondhand Carven, Louis Vuitton and The Kooples in pristine condition. I used to go to this dépôt-vente (consignment store) years ago when it had two shops (on rue du Poitou and rue de Saintonge), and bought a Kenzo bag with my first ever Parisian paycheck, so I can’t quite believe it’s been in its new premises for two years and I hadn’t set foot inside until last weekend. Although, given the amount of things I wanted to buy, this has in hindsight … Continue reading A visit to Violette et Leonie

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