“A diverse product mix of iconic accessories, hard-to-find streetwear and rare up-and-coming or avant-garde names. We’ve worked with vintage experts Beyond Retro, Craig Green, and fashion for kids from digital start-up Kidswear Collective.”
What’s next for resale?
“Resale offers scope for creativity, alongside circularity. For customers who invest in luxury fashion and accessories, the concept of enjoying an extended lifespan of a product—through purchase, wear, repair and resell—is becoming increasingly important.”
It launched its clothes-sharing app last month. Founder Sabena Puri says, “The next frontier in e-commerce is social, and with Gen Xers and millennials spending a third of their waking hours on social media, this was the inevitable next step.”
SOPHIE HERSAN, CO-FOUNDER AND BRAND DIRECTOR OF VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE ON THE FUTURE CLASSICS OF VINTAGE FASHION
“Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton is going to be quite sought after, thanks to his well-received last few collections. Also, Prada’s new re-editions from the 1990s and the appointment of Raf Simons at the house has resulted in a renewed interest in the original collections of both designers.”
American Vogue Archive Editor, Laird Borrelli-Persson turns clairvoyant to give us future classics from the current runways.
Kim Jones for Dior Men Saddle bag
Jones has an uncanny ability to bring cool to fashion and fashion to cool. As it nods to John Galliano 1999 design for Dior, Jones’s version speaks to nostalgia and brand heritage, yet he offered it for men, which brings the bag into the current conversation about gender.
A piece from Maison Margiela’s fall 2020 ‘Recicla’ line
Sustainability and genderless designs are two of John Galliano’s preoccupations at Maison Margiela, where he introduced Recicla, a line of garments that include re- or upcycled elements.
Balenciaga Armor Boots
These boots are from the fall 2021 collection that was presented on avatars in a video game format and seem to reference both medieval knights and robots at once. They also suggest a narrative of strength and suggest that the future is worth striving for.
Call it the Bridgerton hangover, but diamonds from another era are just what the collector’s ordered. Vintage jewellery expert Jill Heller (@jillhellerjewelry) tracks three must-have treasures
1. Buglari’s Tubogas 1940s pieces were inspired by the flexible notched design of gas pipes. The most iconic is the Serpenti watch.
2. Women are forgoing daintier pieces for weighty, more stereotypically masculine designs, like signet and gypsy rings.
3. Marina B’s ’80s gemstone chokers are an essential for any vintage collector. Synonymous with Italian glamour and decadence, they look chic even with a T-shirt and jeans.
Collect and create is the new mantra for designers like Aratrik Dev Varman of Tilla who started The Vintage Project, an anthology of ancient textiles from the Silk Route
“I have been collecting embroideries from Kutch for over 20 years and I am now reworking these heirlooms into new clothing. They serve as a rich design dictionary of a specific craft community,” he says about layering the old with the new, like an ancient yoke embroidered in Balochistan now living a new life on an indigo batik kurta. “As is custom, women cut and reapply the yoke, called a ‘pashk’, from old garments to new garments, to preserve their painstaking labour.”
THE BRIDE WORE
AMANDA HEARST RØNNING, ENVIRONMENT ADVOCATE AND CO- FOUNDER OF MAISON- DE-MODE
Amanda Hearst Rønning wore vintage fashion and jewellery to her wedding in 2019
“Both of the gowns I wore for my wedding ceremony and party in 2019 were Oscar de la Renta and were made from repurposed fabrics from previous collections. Wearing vintage is the most sustainable option and as beautiful as wearing ‘something new’. I worked very closely with designer Fernando Garcia to create my dress, with just a few alterations to the neckline and sleeves. All of my jewellery was vintage Fred Leighton and Tiffany. The Fred Leighton hairpiece was made from several old brooches.”
SANJANA RISHI, CONTENT CREATOR
Why vintage: “Knowing the negative impacts of the fashion industry, I wanted to make more sustainable choices, including when it came to choosing my wedding outfit.”
The dress (or pantsuit): “I picked my suit a long time ago from an Italian vintage reseller. It’s by Gianfranco Ferré, a design house that no longer produces new clothing. I wore it for my wedding pheras and I added
a Torani dupatta/veil and a bustier that was once my best friend’s mother’s. I hand-dyed it the night before the wedding using old coffee grounds.”
Three vintage jewellery pieces that every collector should have. Even better if they belong to different eras, says Susan Caplan, jewellery consultant and collector extraordinaire.
70’s Faux Pearl Necklace – Coco Chanel was the first designer to introduce faux pearls into her collections sparking a trend that remains one of the staple items today.
80’s Hoop Earrings – A simple pair of hoop earrings is a great jewellery addition. Symbolising strength, empowerment, and unity they also provide a quick and easy way to update any look. I don’t feel complete without my large hoop Monet 80’s earrings!
90’s Chains are a must. Chunky or fine, layered, or not. The chain link necklace adds an essential accessory to an outfit.
“I love old workmanship and the idea of not finding objects among masses is fascinating.”
“Over the years I’ve collected some vintage signet rings, and some bangles from all over the place. Each has a story.”
“My other favourite is my KaSuri kimono from Kyoto.”