How to spend money on designer things

Vestiaire Collective

At first glance, the same Vestiaire Collective is not much different from any other online clothing store: on the main page they announce sales, publish street style from the last fashion week, discuss trends or retell the history of famous brands. But the “stuffing” of the site is not fashion news at all, but tens of thousands of designer things that are looking for new owners. The price and thematic segment is wide: there are ubiquitous Vetements, fresh Gucci of Alessandro Michele, and the "eternal" Hermès with Céline, as well as many not so popular brands like Sandro, Vanessa Bruno or Markus Lupfer at very reasonable prices. Even after half an hour of being on this site, you realize that all online stores of used designer clothes are about annoying searches and picky comparisons, because there are a lot of things, they are photographed “vital” and sentences like “Missoni at the price of Zara” are still found.

Bag 3.1 Phillip Lim

Bag 3.1 Phillip Lim (€ 300)

Leather jacket Karl Lagerfeld

Leather jacket Karl Lagerfeld (€ 111)

Missoni pencil skirt

Missoni Pencil Skirt (€ 39)

The real real

American competitor Vestiaire Collective - The Real Real - actively advertises itself on the Internet, including search engine sites that work with regular online stores. So, perhaps, you even stumbled upon such a proposal: you are looking for a cashmere sweater and unexpectedly stumble upon a designer thing, photographed on a white mannequin and at a suspiciously low price. These Real Real super offers are actually found, although it’s not a matter of five minutes to search, turning over the old Miu Miu, Halston Heritage and Balmain collections on the way, when Instagram didn’t exist. By the way, a pleasant impression is left by the fact that The Real Real describes a state of things in a separate line and states the traces of socks, and makes photographs such that every detail can be viewed.

 Sweater Dorothee Schumacher

Dorothee Schumacher Sweater ($ 55)

Sandals Miu Miu

Miu Miu Sandals ($ 51)

Halston Heritage Dress

Halston Heritage Dress ($ 45)


The Russian counterpart of the online store BuyByMe, which functions as a second-hand designer items, has a strict assortment policy - its creators claim that all copies are tested, and the seller is fined for trying to slip a fake. There are already a lot of things on the site, the average price for clothes is 10,000 rubles, although if you are willing to spend 6,000 - 7,000 rubles, you can find a designer leather skirt, jeans or (less often) even a dress for this amount.Significant minus: the state of things BuyByMe does not describe, so that in each case will have to consult by phone.

Suede Aquazzura Ballet Flats

Suede Aquazzura ballet flats (15 000 rub.)

Gucci Bamboo Buckle Belt

Gucci Bamboo Buckle Strap (4,500 rubles)

Pants Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela trousers (8 000 rub.)

Summing up this shopping experience, I want to say only one thing: online shopping of used designer clothes is definitely not love at first sight, because worn leather patent shoes are exactly the same as from the clothing market in the 90s. , and brazenly overpriced designer creations, too, but if the idea to buy something with a label, something from an adorable brand that suddenly became twice as expensive after the crisis, does not let you sleep, then keep in mind this phenomenon as recommerce, still worth it.