The best luxury resale sites: Where to shop pre-owned or previous-season designer clothes and accessories
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Online luxury resale and previous-season outlets are a booming business right now, and it's not hard to see why. The fashion industry's thirst for newness at all market levels — from haute couture to fast fashion — is not only wasteful, but exhausting to keep up with. In addition, wearing clothes or accessories from several seasons ago is no longer considered unfashionable, at least not with everyone from Cate Blanchett to Kate Middleton recycling their favourite looks. On that note, we round up the best destinations for pre-loved or past-season designer pieces for your shopping convenience below. Click on the gallery captions to shop them all.
Net-a-Porter's little sister specialises in previous-season goods at steep discounts (music to the ears, no?). If you're looking for those 'ones that got away' from severals seasons back, however, you're barking up the wrong tree; The Outnet's stock generally skews new-ish.
Think of this community-driven marketplace as Carousell's "crazy rich" cousin. Vestiaire Collective is well-known for its rigorous authentication process, and of late has — under its Archive Series — organised special sales from the closets of Anna Dello Russo, '90s supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, and socialite Liz Goldwyn.
Having raised USD$300 million IPO in May, this resale site is a go-to for pieces from standout runway collections. Its authentication process has come under fire from Diet Prada — items are sometimes misattributed to the wrong designer — but The RealReal is otherwise bursting at the seams with pre-loved designer treasure.
The Fifth Collection
Founded in 2014 by Richemont group veteran Nejla Matam-Finn, locally-based startup The Fifth Collection's chief advantage may be its lack of prohibitive shipping fees and import charges. The temptation to shop is real, people...
Net-a-Porter's sister company was a pioneer of the digital outlet store, and still stocks an impressive selection of international names. Be warned, though, as Yoox's vast inventory — combined with a pretty unwieldy search function — can occasionally make browsing daunting.