The Quest For Your Next Vintage Find Just Became So Much Easier
Vintage Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior as far as the eye can see. In collaboration with Vestiaire Collective.| August 28, 2017
For the uninitiated, vintage shopping can be challenging. Not only do you have to get yourself to a place where vintage shopping is actually a thing (Singapore is unfortunately not such a place), you’ll have to go through a bevy of musty and possibly mouldy odds and ends before you find that proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It doesn’t end there. After all that digging, you still have to scrutinise your find to make sure that it isn’t a knock-off and that it won’t disintegrate into crumbly bits the moment you leave the store.
Thank the fashion lords for Vestiaire Collective – and thank the fashion lords again, because the site is finally open to Singapore. Founded in 2009, Vestiaire Collective is a massive marketplace that allows vintage enthusiasts everywhere to sell and shop quality secondhand pieces without you ever having to leave your bed.
To make sure that no hearts are broken, the crew at Vestiaire Collective puts every one of their listed items through rigorous inspection. Authenticity is checked first, followed by the features listed in the description. If it ain’t true blue vintage Chanel, for example, it’s turned away. Finally, the condition is determined and the price is altered accordingly. If the item looks nothing like the pictures, it’s a no-go.
The entire operation is huge: Vestiaire Collective gets 30,000 submissions each week and that filters down to 4,000 new items every day. So, if someone snags the object of your desire as you contemplate your cart, you still have scores upon scores of other treasures to wipe away your tears. The site doesn’t just carry vintage either. Missed out on a little somethin’-somethin’ from a recent season? Try your luck at Vestiaire Collective. The price tag probably won’t be as hefty as if you were to buy the same piece from the store.
Actually, the prices on the site aren’t too shabby at all. Take for example this glorious vintage metal Dior clutch for €390. Or this 1970s Yves Saint Laurent tassel cross body bag for €695. We’re not kidding. Below, we’ve sifted out some of our favourites from the hundreds of thousands of items on Vestiaire Collective – and everything is under €1500. Uh huh. If you find yourself in a spending kind of mood, we think you’ll love this vintage blue velvet number from Chanel and this travel hat box from Louis Vuitton. Pretty, eh?
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