Jennifer Lopez’s surprise catwalk appearance at the Spring/Summer 2020 Versace show reminded us of one very important fact – that fashion’s cyclical nature means nothing really ever goes out of style. The 50-year-old superstar stepped onto the runway in an interpretation of the iconic jungle green dress she first wore to the Grammys in 2000, which attested to the longevity and appeal of an enduring—and powerful—design.
With talk of sustainability swirling around the fashion industry these days, J.Lo’s viral moment couldn’t have been more timely. There have been calls for consumers to tweak their shopping habits, and buying vintage or pre-owned items is one of the best ways to achieve this. Thankfully for us, there’s now an influx of online consignment stores that lets you score unique pieces at hard-to-resist prices. Here are a few to add to your browser’s “Bookmark” list:
Founder Kerry Bonnell started Archive in 2006 and since then its, well, archives has grown to include beautiful ready-to-wear and haute couture pieces from the ’60s to the turn of the millennium. It’s obvious from the tightly edited curate that Bonnell has put her training at Parsons School of Design, plus previous work experience as an editorial and commercial stylist, to good use.
Higher Studio consists of a “community of fashion creatives, designers and users” who are aiming to reduce the fashion industry’s impact on the environment by turning the traditional business model on its head. To achieve this, Higher Studio offers a unique rental service for its pieces—a practice it ultimately hopes will extend the longevity of clothing.
Retro Woman Clothing Exchange
Colourful, quirky and fun—these are some of the words that come to mind when scrolling through Retro Woman Clothing Exchange’s Instagram page, but they’re fitting descriptions that also apply to the retailer’s selection of vintage clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. They’re a steal too, which means you can build your dream designer wardrobe without worrying about burning a hole in the pocket.
7 million members; 25,000 new items weekly; 5,000 brands (and counting)… Vestiaire Collective is the French-based resale site with plenty of gems awaiting your discovery. To ensure that its buyers can shop with a peace of mind, it hires a dedicated team of professionals in Paris and Hong Kong to certify the authenticity of the products that passes through its doors.
The online retail behemoth is well-known for stocking items fresh off the runways, but it has a sizeable section devoted to the vintage designer wear market, too. Click on the “Pre-Owned” tab to be directed to a selection of covetable clothing from brands such as Moschino, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Established in 1993 by Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser, What Goes Around Comes Around (WGACA) began its operations as a brick-and-mortar in New York’s hip SoHo district before it launched an online arm. The duo couldn’t have chosen a better name for their business—from Levi’s to Versace, WGACA stocks wares that will stand the test of time.