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Vestiaire Collective: The French woman’s shopping secret

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There’s rarely a day when we don’t find ourselves lusting after hip French labels like Isabel Marant or Sandro, or glaring with envy at a Parisian women on a street style blog.

Well now we’ve found out how Paris’ most fashion-forward fills their wardrobes with the coolest brands at a ‘bon prix’ – and it’s just arrived in the UK.

Vestiaire Collective is like a high-end, French version of ebay – a peer to peer online resale site that only sells the highest quality designer pieces from French wardrobes (think Chanel and Sandro) at more accessible prices.

The site was thought up by Parisian Sébastien Fabre in 2008, when his fashion-loving wife Virginie complained that although her wardrobe was chock-full of unworn designer clothes, there was no platform to sell them on - and thus a higher end version of a resale shopping site was born.

Every single item goes through a strict curation process in Paris by a team who have all worked at luxury fashion houses, ensuring nothing is sold unless it’s authentic, on trend and in mint condition. With no tat, and no fakes allowed, only half of the 1000 items submitted to the site every day make the cut, meaning a much more edited shopping experience (albeit a bit more competition for the must-have pieces!) and a ready-made community of shoppers, all with similar tastes.

Already garnering a huge cult following in France (with 1.2 million members and counting), the site recently launched in the UK and has just announced stylist Bay Garnett as their Style Advisor, sharing her top picks from the site with users.

If the thought of bidding brings you out in a cold sweat, the site also sells exclusive capsule collections by emerging designers – so users can discover the new Laurence Dolige and Mes Demoiselles before anyone else.

A ‘quick’ scan around the site (it was very addictive), and we spotted various Isabel Marant boots (including the cowboy heels and wedge trainers), Christian Louboutin heels, a myriad of Chanel quilted bags, a Comptoir de Cotonniers coat and a Chloe playsuit – all in nearly new condition and discounted prices.

Now uk.vestiairecollective.com has launched in the UK, you can join the exclusive fashion community and sell your own designer items for free (it costs nothing to list an item and you don’t pay to send it to Paris), or make like us and compile a very chic, very French shopping list.

www.uk.vestiairecollective.com

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