Love wearing designer clothes, handbags and accessories, but not so keen on the hefty price tag? We feel you. Thankfully, there’s a growing number of online destinations where you can buy or sell authentic pre-loved premium brands at fabulous discounts, or swap them instead! What’s more, buying second hand is a more sustainable way of shopping as you’re giving pieces a new home. Ready to score a luxury bargain? Then get browsing our shortlist of places to shop pre-loved luxury labels in Singapore.
We discovered StyleTribute, Singapore’s first pre-loved designer destination, a few years back when we interviewed founder Stephanie Crespin about her inspiration and entrepreneurship. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, and has been dubbed Asia’s fastest-growing second-hand designer store. (It recently added a men’s and kids’ section, too!)
Despite holding a wide assortment of luxury second-hand and vintage designer clothes and accessories – the most popular brands include Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and more – this marketplace remains highly curated and every single piece is authenticated by a team of in-house experts.
So how does it work? If you’re a buyer, simply head to the website and browse it’s inventory of discounted designer treasures. (Hint: if you create an account, you can save your favourite pieces and come back to them on payday!) If you want to sell pieces from your wardrobe, StyleTribute offers a white glove service, which means your items will be collected and listed, or you can choose to upload your own photos using a fuss-free sellers mobile app.
Above all, a keen eye for style, a passion for fashion and an intimate knowledge of shopping habits runs through the StyleTribute team’s DNA, and it has helped them to drive the companies success in Singapore and Malaysia so far. Savvy fashion connoisseurs should check out the ‘Unlocking her Wardrobe’ (#unlockingherwardrobe) series, where the StyleTribute team raid the closets of celebrities, fashion bloggers and personalities (think Yvette King, Sukki Singapura and Nellie Lim), giving you the opportunity to shop their impressive wardrobes from the comfort of your home.
Looking to invest in a classic Chanel purse, or perhaps a statement Rolex watch? Don’t make your decision without a visit to e-tailer Reebonz, where you can buy and sell new and pre-owned luxury pieces from over 550 designer brands. There’s three ways you can browse Reebonz’ selection of pre-loved premium designers: online and through its sleek mobile app; through curated on-site merchant boutiques which give you direct access to rare second hand luxury products from reputable boutiques; as well as through the Reebonz Closets app, a dedicated marketplace where you can buy and sell pre-owned luxury bags, shoes, clothes and jewellery with like-minded fashionistas.
If you’re considering items worth more than $3000, you can arrange for a private viewing of your selection with the Reebonz team so you can hold and feel the items in person before making your decision. For sellers, Reebonz’ premium concierge White Glove service is simple and convenient, and includes pick-up, expert authentication by internationally trained ateliers, and delivery to the buyer. Pay a visit to their multi-brand boutique at Suntec city, or download the Reebonz mobile app to start browsing.
If you’re nuts about luxury handbags, then you need to check out Madam Milan. With its mantra being that designer goods shouldn’t cost a fortune, the store’s tempting array of branded accessories are available online and in four bricks-and-mortar locations (Far East Plaza, Raffles Place, The Star Vista and 112 Katong), and discounts range from 20 to 70 percent. Expect nearly-new or gently used pieces from brands like Bottega Veneta, Hermes, Tods, Chanel and Prada.
LuxeStyle by Maxi Cash
Showcasing an impressive 1,000 timepieces and fine jewellery, plus 500 designer bags across 24 international brands, LuxeStyle is a brand new pre-loved luxury retail line launched earlier this year by Maxi-Cash. You can now browse a range of covetable bags with at least 30 percent off the original retail price at 19 stores across the island. Each item has been handpicked and strictly inspected to ensure top-notch quality.
The Attic Place
Tucked away inside Far East Shopping Centre, The Attic Place boutique has been around for years, and is licensed to both buy and sell pre-loved or brand new luxury goods. Its experienced team carefully curates the selection to ensure each piece is authentic – from inspecting stamps to stitching and hardware workmanship to checking manufacturer date codes and serial numbers for consistency.
This marketplace is chock full of sellers selling second-hand designer clothes, shoes and more. Simply download the easy-to-use Carousell app to your phone and head to the ‘Luxury’ category tab to browse hundreds of branded bags, wallets, clothes and watches from various designer labels. If you’re buying, you can chat and ask questions directly with each seller about the item. Selling something? It takes just a few seconds to snap pictures of your items with your phone and upload them to your profile.
A fantastic way to shop without any guilt (or cash exchanged!), Swapaholic events, held regularly around Singapore, enable you to swap clothes and refresh your wardrobe at the same time, getting rid of those pieces that just no longer float your boat or fit you. (Apparently, most of us only use about 20 to 40 percent of what’s in our closet as it is!) What’s more, it’s a more responsible way to acquire and dispose of clothes – one that doesn’t hurt your wallet or the planet – as well as a fun way to make new friends. Don’t miss their upcoming event at Liang Court on August 19th.
Online store Refash makes it easy to clean out your closet for cash as well as shop for quality second-hand clothes from a variety of branded names like ZARA, Love Bonito, Topshop, Charles & Keith and more. The company also has a flagship store located at Cityplaza, where you can shop second-hand fashion and save up to 90 percent off the original retail price!
Looking for more sustainable ways to shop? Check out these eco and socially-conscious businesses in Singapore.
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