Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Designer fashion for less

hermes-kelly-splash.jpg
covetique-splash.jpg

Anyone who’s been burned by buying a second-hand designer item in an online auction, only to discover that said item is a cheap counterfeit, will rejoice at the growing trend for pre-owned fashion etailers. These sites sell authenticated designer pieces that have often been barely worn and one of the best we’ve found is Covetique.com.

The site was founded in 2011 by Nicola McClafferty, who before her foray into online retail was an investment banker with a lifelong love of fashion. Her approach to the business of buying and selling pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories, is to make the experience as simple and enjoyable as you would expect from a high-end designer website.

So for sellers, once they have decided which items in their wardrobe they want to pass on, the process is ridiculously easy; a courier collects the piece, it’s authenticated and valued by Covetique’s experts, then photographed and posted on the site. This means that buyers can assess the piece accurately, thanks to the clarity of the photographs (there are multiple angle shots) and detailed descriptions. When the item is sold, the proceeds arrive in the seller’s bank account swiftly.

We spent far too long clicking around the site and discovered all manner of desirable designer items which, although not exactly ‘cheap’, are certainly dramatically reduced from their original prices. There were Nicholas Kirkwood boots, a spectacular red Hermès Kelly bag (if you’ve got three grand, why not skip the waiting list?!) and a chic little Marc Jacobs dress. A beautiful brown leather woven Miu Miu tote is currently available at £395 – original price £895 – so if you were looking to make an investment purchase, this is a pretty hefty significant saving.

In amongst the Louboutin shoes and Chanel bags you'll also find once-worn pieces from J Crew, The Kooples and other high-end high street stores, plus plenty of denim. You can also ‘follow the wardrobe’ of individual sellers if you like their style to be notified when they post new items. Covetique.com is definitely one to add to your bookmarks.

Covetique.com

Related

113_stylelist.jpg

100 Best Spring Accessories

fashion-pugs-designer-dogs.jpg

Meet the fashion pugs

Splash.jpg

LFW: the best bits

Comments

More

Almost half of women won't enter a shop unless there's a sale on

We can relate to that

by Sarah Biddlecombe
28 Mar 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

28 Mar 2017

How millennial pink is redefining femininity

Why the world can't get enough of this new shade

by Harriet Hall
24 Mar 2017

Topshop's full bridal collection revealed (and dresses start at £350)

From vintage-inspired designs to elegant beaded gowns

by Nicola Colyer
24 Mar 2017

This Mango t-shirt is taking over your Instagram feeds

Instagram’s fashionistas are obsessed with this £17.99 top

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Mar 2017

The internet has lost its collective mind over these designer shoes

“Um… what? Is this serious?”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Mar 2017

Return of the corset: how to wear spring’s biggest accessory trend

Why everyone is getting waisted this season.

by Hayley Spencer
22 Mar 2017

10 fitness brands using sports tech to boost your workout

Exercise gear with extras

by The Stylist web team
21 Mar 2017

Dorothy Perkins is launching its own range of wedding dresses

And they all cost under £175

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Mar 2017

Get ready: that viral coat from Zara is back in stock

And it's available in different colours

by Sarah Biddlecombe
17 Mar 2017