**This post is a collaboration with Vestiairie Collective, all opionion and reviews are entirely my own**
A few weeks ago, I received a special item in the mail that I have been hunting for a while. It is a rare and hard to find Hermès H belt. After months of searching, I found the exact belt I have been looking for AND in my size on Vestiaire Collective, which is a marketplace for pre-owned (or pre-loved) luxury and designer fashion at great value that you simply can’t find anywhere else. My vintage Hermès belt cost only half the price of the current market price and is in extremely good condition. I polled on my Instastory to see whether people are interested to learn how to purchase vintage designer luxury items and the result has been overwhelmingly positive. So by popular demand, I’m going to talk about a few designer luxury pieces that are worth buying vintage and my tips on How to Purchase Vintage pieces…let’s read on.
Hermès belts are recognized as one of the most fashionable and sought-after leather accessories in the world, and one of the most popular styles of Hermès belts is the Hermès H belt. This belt boasts a timeless unisex design featuring the signature H shaped buckle and allows buyers to choose from various fonts for the H on the buckle. A thick initial is a good idea for those looking to make a fashion statement, while a thinner one is ideal for those who want a more discrete belt. Either way, it is instantly recognized for symbols of luxury and style. The current price for the H belt starts at $815 and varies based on the leather and the finish of the buckle. A nice quality vintage one can cost just half the price.
Chanel Brooch is perhaps the most recognizable costume jewelry. Yes, it is true that costume jewelry (faux-pearls, man-made metals) is pricey for the materials, but here are some reasons why the classic double CC design is worth it:
– It can instantly elevate the look of inexpensive clothes.
– The Classic designs can hold their value extremely well.
– You can pass it to your kids as a family heirloom.
While brooches and costume jewelry can be tricky to purchase online, a verified and trusted pre-owned or vintage retailer such as Vestiaire Collective can help you do quality control and authenticate the pieces so you do not fall victim to buying a fake.
Simple, sleek and stylish, the iconic box bag is one of Celine’s most popular bags to date; however recent years the price of the box bag has gone upwards. The new Celine box bag starts at $3,400 but the vintage version is available from $300-$800 based on the leather and condition. Extremely rare and hard to find, the vintage Celine box has bags of character and the iconic golden horse carriage buckle is what makes the bag so special. I personally own both the new design as well as the vintage and I think vintage has more character, makes you stand out more and shows that you have refined taste for the Brand and its history. I simply adore the horse carriage buckle.
So suppose now you have set your eyes on investing in a few vintage designer pieces to add character to your closet – how do you go about finding vintage pieces? What are some tips in getting the most out of your money and avoiding a fake vintage piece trying to pass off on the real deal? Here are a few tips that I personally like to adopt when shopping for vintage pieces.
- Do some homework. Research online for current retail prices, styles available, and rarity of the piece you are looking for. I knew that the Celine Horse Carriage buckle dates back in the 1967 and things changed in 1997 when Michael Kors took over as creative director and evolved even more to the sleek, minimal look we’ve come to know today when Phoebe Philo revamped the whole line. So any bag that has the horse carriage buckle will have a little bit of history and wear, don’t expect to get a “new” looking bag unless it is extremely well taken care of.
- Know almost exactly what you want (style, size, leather type, color, hardware) and set a price cap for yourself. As I’ve mentioned before, buying vintage means that there will be signs of wear and tear, so set an expectation for yourself and do not be distracted by imperfect options or random bargains that looks too good to be true when browsing online. Knowing the exact size will help you narrow down the piece you want from the many out there. I know that my belt size is 75 for the Hermès belt, which allows me to wear it with jeans or over a dress by utilizing the very last hole. Versitility is key.
- Consult an authenticity expert if needed. With so many well-made counterfeits floating out on the internet, it can be intimidating buying something pre-owned. On Vestiaire Collective every item is thoroughly and rigorously checked for both quality and authenticity before it is shipped to the buyer. No other competing marketplace holds its products to such high standards. Request more photos, including close ups of the date stamp, hologram stickers, hardware and any imperfections and scuffs. Make sure that you can “live with” these imperfections.
There you have it, my personal experience shopping vintage pieces and some advice for those who is looking into buying pre-loved luxury items. I own quite a few vintage pieces, all of which I love as much as a new bag. The advantage of finding a good vintage piece is that you will def stand out and in the culture of fast food fashion, couture connoisseurs really gets a nod of approval for their refined taste. Let me know in the comments below whether you have shopped vintage, what your experiences have been like. If you haven’t what are some coveted pieces you’ve been eyeing on?