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Fine Vintages: The Best Online Designer Vintage Shops

You don’t have to live in a fashion capital to hunt for sartorial treasures! The best online designer vintage shops deliver anywhere in the world

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

From the dawn of time, humans have been creating clothes – from loincloths, togas, and hemp dresses all the way to Victorian bustiers and 60’s mini-skirts. So you’d think there’d be enough clothing from the ages to dress everyone in the world a few times over, right?

The fact is, there’s an awful lot of clothing out there. So why bother buying new when so much fabulous fashion already exists? A growing number of shops are clueing in to the fact that loads of ladies want to sell their old stuff and buy others’ cast-offs, too – and as a result, there are more and more online designer vintage shops where you can pick up anything from an authentic concert tee to a pair of designer heels you could only dream of buying new.

And yet…some people still have a problem with buying used clothing. They see it as something that only poor people do, or they just prefer to buy new. But allow me to clear up some questions and misconceptions about buying vintage clothing online.

Aren’t vintage clothes smelly?

No. All online vintage retailers will only accept clothing and accessories in good to excellent condition

Don’t a lot of people dump fake designer goods on these sites?

No. Reputable sites, such as those below, have experts on hand to ensure authenticity of designer goods.

Don’t vintage goods look kind of dated?

That depends how you wear them. We are living in a post-trends world: mix and match old and new clothing to create your own style!

What kind of people wear vintage clothes? Isn’t it just poor people?

Ha! No, not at all. Everyone from top models like Kate Moss to major influencers like Kristen Leo and Chiara Ferragni are fans of vintage.

Ready to get shopping? Here’s our pick of 20+ of the best online designer vintage shops from around the world – and most deliver internationally, too!

Image below: Peekaboo Vintage. Main pic: Archive Vintage

The Best Online Designer Vintage Shops

1. Vestiaire Collective

This well established French e-commerce platform is fully dedicated to global vintage luxury. Top-notch pre-owned premium and designer brands, including Burberry, Celine, Miu Miu, Saint Laurent and more, are all screened for authenticity, and you’re also able to contact the person consigning the item, which means you can try to negotiate a bit on the price.

Best for: Fun designer vintage shopping. The site is easy to navigate, and has an online magazine, too

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2. Rokit

This London fashion institution has their in-store stock online, too. Trawl through vintage looks sorted by decade or style, or just have a browse for what you’re looking for more specifically. Who knows? You may find something that’s really unique and stylish, like an original Ossie Clark dress, or Mary Quant skirt! And the best part? They may be based in London, but will deliver your vintage find anywhere in the world!

Best for: Cheap and cheerful vintage, thrifting, finding classic British gems

3. Yoox Vintage

The mega online retailer not only offers the sustainable Master & Muse collections and latest and greatest from the world’s most in-demand labels, but they also sell some very rare vintage clothing indeed: think original YSL smoking jackets, Comme des Garcons dresses from the 80s, and even some original Chanel jewellery. Yoox was also the host of a recent vintage Versace showcase, featuring rare pieces worn by the original supermodels in the 80s, and delivers globally, too.

Best for: Rare Japanese vintage, finding collectable and iconic designer clothing

4. Beyond Retro

This is maybe one of the quirkiest online vintage stores! It has a very selective process in picking the vintage items they put on the market. Only one out of a thousand secondhand garments that are proposed to Beyond Retro actually make it onto their shopping site – and anything that doesn’t quite cut it, but still has potential, is restyled by their talented seamstresses to give it a more contemporary swing.

Best for: This is one of the best online designer vintage shops for groovy 60s and 70s vintage

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5. Farfetch

This global online retailer gathers 400 fashion boutiques within its community, offering a forward-thinking shopping experience. Their independent boutiques, which include designer vintage stores, have been carefully selected for their pioneering attitude and unique approach to merchandising, along with their diversity of brands. They also sell new designer clothing, too, with a wide variety of sustainable designers like Mara Hoffman and Stella McCartney, to name a few.

Best for: International lovers of the best online vintage stores – they deliver anywhere!

6. Decades

The iconic shop was created by vintage obsessed fashionista Cameron Silver, who truly succeeded in setting up the most glamorous boutique in LA, where Hollywood A-listers go to find vintage couture that’s both unique and chic. Decades is a leader in ‘Neo Vintage’, offering mainly items from the last ten years.

If you search amongst their collections, you’ll find rare finds from brands like Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Chloe, McQueen, Balmain, Balenciaga, Louboutin, Saint Laurent and Armani, to name a few.

Best for: “Neo Vintage”, of course!

Online Designer Vintage Shops

7. Les 3 Marches de Catherine B

This a tiny Parisian shop, situated in rue Guisarde, where Catherine Benier collects authentic vintage Chanel and Hermès ever since 1994. The retro chic boutique, which exists as a brick-and-mortar shop between the boulevard Saint-Germain and place Saint-Sulpice, is the perfect rendez-vous for lovers of vintage and worldwide collectors. Catherine is a world expert in Hermes and Chanel, and sells some of the most authentic, rare vintage items on the planet. In fact, some of what she sells is so rare, it has been known to increase exponentially in value, making her items great investment pieces.

Best for: This is definitely one of the best online designer vintage shops for serious collectors of rare vintage Chanel and Hermes

8. Rebagg

Love yourself some posh arm candy? Rebagg carries the likes of the European biggies (Chanel, Vuitton, Dior) but also popular  American brands (Tory Burch, Coach). Want to sell a bag of your own? Forget about waiting for decent bids on Ebay –  Rebagg gives sellers cash for designer handbags based on condition, designer and price–right up front. Users can get a free binding offer, then send it to Rebagg with free shipping and get paid within 1-2 days. There’s no waiting for the bag to sell–the site will buy it from you immediately and handle the selling process themselves.

Best for: Designer bags, of course!

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9. The Real Real

Got something to sell? If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of shipping out your items, The Real Real will send a professional buyer up to collect your consignment picks. After an authentication team goes over your items, the site claims most will sell within three days. Sellers can consign clothing, shoes, accessories and even artwork – and of course, you can also buy, too! The only downside? Delivery is limited to only two countries so far (USA/Canada).

Best for: Convenience, if you live in North America, that is.

 

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10.  ThredUP

This is not only one of the most popular and well know online retailers, but it’s into charity, too. Yep, ThredUp sells second hand designer clothing, shoes, handbags and more, but sellers have the option of donating a portion of their profits to a  charity of their choice. Sweet! Oh, and by the way – you can be one of those sellers, too, as this is one of the growing numbers of online vintage shops that accepts sellers as well as consumers.

Best for: This is one of the best online designer vintage stores for giving back. They also have fantastic, regular sales, unlike many other shops

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11. Reformation Vintage

Our favourite sustainable fashion store how has a vintage section, and we adore! If you’re keen on authentic, collector’s item concert tees, or real cult vintage labels from the 90s (think: Bebe, Ghost, Pam Hogg…) then this is your store! Everything here is, of course, one of a kind, so if you fancy something, don’t delay: snag it while you can!

Best for: The great way items are modelled and presented; authentic concert tees

12. Walk In My Closet

This buy and sell shop  offers two different selling methods–direct sale, which allows sellers to have full control of their consignment, and concierge service, which lets the site takeover the consignment process so you don’t have to worry about dealing with buyers or asking prices. The shopping site also has an app which allows you to handle your sales (and shop other designer steals) straight from your phone.

Best for: Cleaning out your closet – and then adding to it a bit!

 

Online Designer Vintage Shops

13. Le Prix (formerly SnobSwap)

Calling all luxury fashion lovers! Snob Swap features strictly luxury consignment and allows users to both buy and sell previously owned designer boutiques. Sellers can list however many items they wish without cost and then earn 85% of any subsequent sales. From Chanel to Hermes, McQueen and more, the site offers top designer items for up to 90% off the usual retail price. Score!  

Best for: Selling or swapping designer clothing and accessories

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14. William Vintage

The works of the greatest designers over the ages gather here, waiting to be rediscovered. From the 80s glam of Geoffrey Beene and Bill Blass to the eternally chic designs of Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, you’ll find it here. Be warned, though – such finds don’t come cheap – but if you’re after some vintage couture, this is the place to look.

Best for: This is surely one of the best online designer vintage stores in the entire world for seriously exclusive and rare couture

Online Designer Vintage Shops

15. What Goes Around

What Goes Around is a NYC-based boutique that delivers internationally and is a treasure trove of designer finds. Normally, there’s a lot of great vintage Chanel stock, including everything from classic 2.55 bags to  chunky ’80s jewellery adorned with Chanel trademarks like lion and star motifs, as well as the classic ‘double C’. If  Chanel isn’t really your thing, don’t fret: other classic labels like Dior, Kenzo, Fendi and more are usually available. Be quick!

Best for: A wide variety of rare and unique designer stock

16. Peekaboo Vintage

The brand renowned amongst retro clothing lovers dates back to 1991, when Emily Bothwell and Michael Caunter first launched at Portobello Market London. Two decades later, Peekaboo has become a power in the field of vintage, supplying its outlets across London and online with ASOS. Furthermore, Peekaboo works closely with celebrities and stylists, whether it is for photo shoots or premiers it always fulfils its mission: creating unique looks.

Best for: A bit of hippy chic on the cheap

17. Vintage Life (SammyDVintage)

Over the course of ten years, thrifter Sammy Davis managed to make around 85% of her entire wardrobe second hand. She decided to share her skills and passion for thrifting by launching Sammy Davis Vintage, a vintage fashion blog, in 2009, and also created an online store where those who share her enthusiasm for buying vintage clothes could shop.

She sold the shop in 2017 (when it changed its name to Vintage Life), but all the juicy thrifting tips and gorgeous second-hand finds are all still there. The site is especially great for hipster/geek chic, and has a wide selection of secondhand clothing for weddings, too!

Best for: Great tips for shopping vintage fashion online; thrifted wedding outfits

18. Archive Vintage

This easy-to-navigate shop was was founded in 2006 out of a love for vintage clothing and fashion design. Still today, it gathers exceptional items by luxury brands such as Dior, Chanel, Ossie Clark, Mugler, Miyake, Chloe, Sant Angelo, Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent and many more. All their designer clothing, shoes, accessories, and home items are 100% authentic and have a history; some are even deadstock, i.e. never used vintage.

Best for: Those seeking inspiration. Their lookbooks are incredible, and we love how they organise clothes into collections, like American Made or Japanese inspired

19. Spanish Moss

This hip, trendy LA based vintage shop is the treasure to divine retro fashion garments that make a strong personal statement. Founded in 2006 by Suzanne Ford Carafano, a stylist and designer, and her husband Vincent, a photographer, Spanish Moss carries rare, cool vintage selections for women, from the Victorian to grunge eras.

Best for: Casual chic with a California twist; mixing up really old fashion (such as this Victorian style blouse, below), with new pieces

20. ASOS Vintage

ASOS pretty much has their fingers in all the fashion pies: they have an outlet, a marketplace, and sell menswear, unique designers and women’s clothing – and now we can add a vintage clothing and accessories section, too. Collected from boutiques around the world (with names like Dirty Disco and Old But Gold), you’ll be shopping from small business owners who just pay a percentage to ASOS for hosting their shops. Expect to find everything from Versace jackets to 80s Duran Duran concert tees!

Best for: Those on a budget

21. Hardly Ever Worn It

The name says it all: looking for designer duds that someone maybe wore a few times, then realised they just weren’t right for them, but with the tags cut off, the clothes weren’t returnable? Look no further. This shop boasts all kinds of designer clothing, for both men and women, as well as accessories and even jewellery. They also have a kid’s section, too!

Best for: Vintage jewellery. It’s rare to find such a great selection of vintage pendants, rings and bracelets.

 

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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    Mario
    Oct 27, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I really like buying vintage items online for my wife through Cry Violet Vintage:
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    Oct 1, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Great selection of the vintage orientated web-shops. I would add one more http://www.vintage-united.com online shop where you find versatile collection of the luxury pre-loved and vintage designer items. From Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton to Isabel Marant. Expect perfect customer service and fast worldwide delivery.

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