The 13 Best Finds on Vestiaire Collective, the Cool French Girl’s Resale Site


Imagine a shopping wonderland where you can browse the wardrobes of chic European women — the kind who look cool even while popping out to a grocery store and all have names like Jacqueline or Cecile. There are no fusty pumps or dated black “slacks” to sort through, only a curated selection of current-season merchandise from the likes of Céline and Chanel, a parade of Isabel Marant’s greatest hits, and tons of cherry-picked items from high-street heroes such as Zara. There is no feeling of searching for a needle in a haystack, the crouton in your kale salad, or any other bad analogy meant to express the frustration of finding a gem in a sea of meh.

Such is the genius of Paris-based resale site Vestiaire Collective, which launches in the U.S. today. The selling process is closely monitored: Members who want to unload nearly new merchandise must upload photos for approval by Vestiaire’s staff. (Items that make the cut will then be posted.) Following a sale, the item gets shipped for inspection and verified by experts — no fakes here — before it finally reaches the buyer. While the company, founded in 2009, certainly has its work cut out for it — competitors include the RealReal, Shop Hers, Poshmark, and so many more — we’re betting it’ll make it onto your bookmarks bar (and into your seasonal closet-cleaning routine) sometime very soon. Even Condé Nast is on board: The company’s investment arm ponied up a $20 million investment in 2013.

To kick things off, Vestiaire is staging a charity auction called StyleCycle, populated with goods from basically every fashionable woman worth dedicating a Pinterest board to. Caroline de Maigret is parting ways with a Chanel graffiti canvas tote, Emmanuelle Alt is letting go of her Christopher Kane bag, and many more women — including Cara Delevingne, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Stella Tennant — are also selling their pre-loved goods, with proceeds going to an organization of their choice.

While you can bid on your favorite celebs’ items, there’s also a ton of other great merchandise on the site worth checking out. We combed through and rounded up the best scores you can buy right this minute.

Introducing the Cool French Girl’s Resale Site