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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
From the dawn of time, man has 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. 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.
Here’s our pick of 21 of the Best Online Designer Vintage Shops from around the world – and most deliver internationally, too!
This French e-commerce platform is fully dedicated to global fashion luxury. Top-notch pre-owned premium and luxury products 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.
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. And the best part? They may be based in London, but will deliver your vintage find anywhere in the world!
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, and delivers globally, too.
4. Beyond Retro
This quirky site 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 make it to their shopping site – and anything that doesn’t quite cut it, but still has potential, is restyled to give it a more contemporary swing.
The international online retailer gathers 400 fashion boutiques within its community, offering a forward-thinking shopping experience. The 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.
The iconic shop was created by 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.
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.
Designer Vintage defines itself as the leading luxury marketplace to buy and sell authentic designer pieces, all preowned with love. It truly abides by its creed, since the staff of experts meticulously verifies the authenticity of the items, before placing them online.
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.
10. 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).
11. Thred UP
This is an online retailer that’s not only into recycling, it’s into charity, too. Yep, Thred Up sells second hand designer clothing, shoes, handbags and more, but sellers have the option to earn the selling price back or donate the money to a charity of their choice. Sweet!
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.
13. Snob Swap
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!
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.
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!
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.
17. Housing Works
This New York City based non-profit is known for its mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses. If you shop here you will find not only wonderful vintage garments, but also furniture and interior design pieces that will enrich your abode and wardrobe and most importantly will support healing the community.
18. Archive Vintage
This 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 more. All clothing, shoes, accessories, and home items have a history; some are even dead stock, i.e. never used vintage.
19. Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss is a flowering plant that grows upon larger trees and is commonly known as “air plant,” for its capacity to protect shrubs during strong winds, and is also referred to as “Pele’s hair”, after Pele the Hawaiian goddess. To honour the name, this vintage shop is the treasure to divine retro fashion garments, that will protect and enhance your silhouette. Founded in 2006 by Suzanne Ford Carafano, a stylist and designer, and her husband Vincent, a photographer, Spanish Moss carries relevant and progressive vintage selections from the Victorian to grunge eras.
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, 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!
21. Vanguard Vintage
This online shop, based in Toronto, is an exquisite vintage clothing retailer that serves customers globally. All their pieces are handpicked, fashion forward, and authentic vintage clothing, that is carefully curated with modern relevance in mind. You are just one click aways from the most coveted garments and labels.
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. They also have a kid’s section, too!