Our Favourite Designer Second Hand Sites
Let's face it. A designer bag can cost a lot of cash. Yet times have changed, and long gone are the days designer clothes have only been accessible to the elite. Long gone is also the stigma attached with buying used designer clothing, thanks to platforms making designer goods accessible to us wage-earners. Most shops are designed to only accept "preloved" pieces in a certain standard quality. sites and apps are helping people buy their dream designer bags for less. So whether you've gone slightly mad during last shopping spree, are on the hunt for a few vintage pieces or simply want to make some much-needed space in your wardrobe yourself, I've compiled a list of favourites when it comes to online second hand designer shopping.
Vesitaire Collective should be on the radar of every fashionista's second hand designer list. The platform has one of the largest selections of pre-loved goods, setting thousands of new listings online every week, and boasts an online community of over 3.5 million shoppers. Vestiaire Collective is the go-to if you want your new item to come from a respectable closet. Little bonus: They provide you with email alerts, should a particular item you are hunting for be listed on the platform.
HEWI (Hardly Ever Worn It) is a platform exclusively designed for barely worn, or even new, yet pre-owned designer goods. And let's be honest, how awesome is it to get something (almost) new, at the fraction of the actual retail price? Plus, the website gives shoppers not only the option to buy straight away, but allows you to make an offer on items you love, get notified of price reductions, and even message the seller. Almost like Ebay, but way cooler.
Specialising on carefully selected vintage handbags, Rewind Vintage is the ultimate destination when it comes to timeless classics from esteemed brands, such as Chanel, Celine, Gucci and Hermès, alongside a quirky selection of pre-loved ‘It’ bags from the likes of Alaia, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Fendi, and many more. Every now and then you come across a rare and hard to find vintage gem. Rewind has also launched its own project, Emotional Baggage, which customises classic designer bags. And who doesn't like to truly make their new it-piece their own?
With it's great selection of authentic pre-owned and vintage high fashion designer luxury goods from some of the worlds most sought after labels, High Fashion Society offers a membership to establish an ongoing relationship with their customers and tailor updates of the latest fashion and style happenings, discounts , waiting list priority, product alerts, invites to fashion events to their shoppers' wants and needs. Little bonus to watch out for when in London, High Fashion Society organises retro themed shopping parties. Hello Brandy Alexander!