October 23rd, 2020
On My Mind

The Resale Revolution

Resale is not a trend, it is a shopping option and often the best choice for a whole host of reasons — the environment being #1. Display Copy, a magazine “devoted to vintage and up cycled fashion” debuted yesterday and both FT‘s How To Spend It and the NYT‘s have stories on the rise of buying “pre-loved”. As someone who still wears her LL Bean boots from boarding school, I am a huge proponent of the resale and vintage movement and will incorporate more pre-owned items into posts. I’ve been on the hunt for a vintage Chanel jacket for ages — the one in the archival photo above is sublime.


What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • I couldn’t agree more with this very important post. There is much lo herald about the resale market Yes,, the environment, but it is also satisfying to find (or hunt down) a beautiful item that is no longing serving its original owner and allow it a new life to breathe style into your wardrobe.

    karenOctober 23rd, 2020  7:08 AM

  • I also saw that Levi’s launched it own resale section on their website and APC is offering credit for recycling your old APC pieces!

    BetsyOctober 23rd, 2020  7:50 AM

  • Have been shopping the RealReal almost since it’s inception for new, new with tags and used everything. For me it’s all Preston’s points but also because living where I do in Canada I don’t have easy access to that amount of glorious choice/inventory. Dipping my toe in Vestiaire. Good luck on your hunt Preston I have no doubt you’ll be successful.

    SueMOctober 23rd, 2020  9:44 AM

  • I bought a vintage Hermes scarf for my daughter to use as top. At the same store in London, I found an almost unused white Maxmara winter coat and a striped Gucci sweater. I am so excited to shop resale!

    MMSOctober 23rd, 2020  3:29 PM

  • Resale allows your the opportunity to really edit your closet and style to those pieces that you truly love and that speak to you. It can be the gamechanger in quality vs quantity. Do I need 5 blue cashmere sweaters or do I need 1 deep blue, well fitting, 3-ply that I wear over and over?

    RonicaOctober 23rd, 2020  6:01 PM

  • Resale is great for so many reasons, the environment, the thrill of finding just the right thing and to have a quality item at a reduced price. I have always been about cost per wear, and if I’m not wearing an item anymore, I either sell it or even better, find it a good home. Happy to see my kids have learned this lesson too.

    MGOctober 23rd, 2020  10:30 PM

  • I started buying resale in university 7 years ago because I wanted beautiful designer pieces but couldn’t afford to buy them new (even with a seasonal discount). This helped me to build a curated closet over time with high quality timeless pieces. But there are other benefits as well, especially for the environment

    ASOctober 24th, 2020  3:04 PM

  • I love a good resale buy! I have a beautiful Lida Baday – Canadian designer – grey alpaca coat that reaches to my ankles – I’m 5′ 10″ which I purchased for $400 a few years ago. It would have retailed at around $1500. I saw it in September and fell in love with it but used my willpower and decided I didn’t need another coat. However, I went back to the consignment shop in November – it was still there – too long for most women, I guess, and realized it had “my name on it”. I’ll keep it forever!

    BarbaraOctober 24th, 2020  11:13 PM

  • Could not agree more with this post! It’s been part of my shopping and selling habit for years; mostly brick and mortar; however, there are definitely some excellent online resources. AND, you and me both for the Chanel jacket – I have yet to find THE one that speaks to me! On with the hunt!

    ellen curreriOctober 25th, 2020  3:32 PM

  • Beautiful jacket-is it couture?

    RebeccaOctober 25th, 2020  6:26 PM

  • It is from the ’60s

    PrestonOctober 25th, 2020  7:15 PM

  • Preston, I’m circling back to this post on resale – The luxury resale landscape has changed drastically in the past couple of years, and unfortunately not for the good. Luxury boutiques in Chicago specifically, and no doubt in other cities as well, who suffered the theft of their entire inventories last summer during riots, and aggressive shoplifting since then, report that their merchandise is being ‘fenced’ on all of the luxury resale sights. Although I’ve never been a used/vintage shopper, I appreciate the good intentions of recycling clothing and accessories. Perhaps a local walk-in resale store might be less vulnerable to what is essentially a money laundering scheme by thieves.

    PaulaAugust 20th, 2021  2:16 PM


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