What do a Chloé silk maxi dress, a Gucci Dionysus bag, a Céline Phantom bag, and a pair of Valentino Rockstud heels all have in common? Easy—they’re all currently up for grabs for up to 70 percent less than retail on Paris-based “re-commerce” luxury site Vestiaire Collective. These products are, of course, just a small handful of the nearly 400,000 items available on the site, and barely scratch the surface of what’s for sale within Vestiaire’s tightly curated selection of authenticated luxury goods. (About 4,000 products are added to the site each day.) Since launching in 2009, the pre-owned fashion marketplace has seen record growth, expanding throughout Europe and in the U.S., and allowing its members to buy and sell gently used vintage items—think jewelry, bags, shoes, and clothes from labels like Chanel, Gucci, Vetements, Loewe, and Saint Laurent. The site’s peer-to-peer element, which gives users the freedom to leave reviews and comments on certain products for sale, in addition to its team of experts that rigorously vets each garment and accessory, has quickly made it one of the top e-tailers out there. Also setting Vestiaire apart is its contributing fashion director, Kate Foley. Not only does the stylist and creative consultant work with the site on all creative projects, including editorials, brand partnerships, events, and marketing initiatives, but she also scrolled the site throughout fashion month, highlighting items that closely tied into the trends seen on the runway. Fashion is cyclical, after all, so many members of the Vestiaire community were able to get a jump start on Spring 2017’s trends as they were walking down the runway. Here, Foley talks her favorite items on the site, tips for shopping resale, and the biggest trend of the Spring 2017 season.
Fashion Unfiltered: How do you go about selecting items on the site that correspond with runway trends? Can you walk us through that process?
Kate Foley: To me, the beauty of Vestiaire Collective is that you can find unusual, super interesting items that aren't necessarily the same thing you're going to be seeing on every retailer’s site. Obviously, there are those trendy, must-have items available on the site, but they sell so quickly anyway [that] it's more interesting to create a story of older, seasonal vintage pieces that aren't as obvious.
FU: Are there any Spring 2017 trends or aesthetics that you found particularly easy to recreate with items on the site? If so, which ones?
KF: The biggest trend over the last couple of seasons has been individualism. Therefore, Vestiaire Collective is the perfect place to find these items because it gives you the opportunity to create a truly individual wardrobe.
FU: Did you have a favorite look from the Spring 2017 season? If so, what was it?
FU: What vintage pieces, designers, and eras are particularly good buys right now? Why?
KF: An Hermès "Constance" bag is always a great investment and sells quickly on the site. Pieces by brands-of-the-moment, like Balenciaga, Vetements, Céline, and Gucci, also always move fast.
FU: Do you have any tips for how fashion addicts should shop resale?
KF: Know what you're looking for and be persistent. (So many times I've almost given up, but then the item I've been searching for miraculously turns up in my size!) If you're using Vestiaire Collective, it’s worth looking at the sold items to give you a guide on a good price to offer. They also have a great feature that allows you to set an alert for a particular piece you are looking for, and as soon as it's added to the catalogue, you will get an e-mail so that you can grab it.