Thanks to the digital age, secondhand shopping has totally taken off online and is no longer confined to the neighbourhood charity thrift shop. Gone are the days where you have to sort through piles of donated clothing for your next sustainable fashion purchase. Now, buying and selling preloved clothing has never been easier thanks to whole host of wonderful online consignment platforms helping to close the circularity gap. Wondering which ones are Green Queen’s favourites? Here are our 5 top picks.
Founded by Sarah Fung, HULA is an online marketplace showcasing preloved designer pieces for women, featuring brands like Phillip Lim, Balenciaga, Celine, Chanel, Isabel Marant and Valentino. Not only are many of these items still in wonderful condition (no one will believe it’s secondhand!), the prices are a total steal with the platform offering up to 95% slashes off retail prices, and they drop new additions every week! Another bonus is that HULA is committed to making a social impact, and has pledged to donate a minimum of 5% profits to partnered charities. For those who’d rather go check their collection out in person, they have a warehouse in Wong Chuk Hang!
Browse HULA’s collection here or visit their shop at 5A Evergreen Industrial Mansion, 12 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang.
Carousell is the ultimate buy-and-sell app that has taken Asia by storm. On Carousell, you’ll find absolutely everything you want secondhand, from gorgeous preloved furniture to kitchen appliances and wardrobe additions. Once you have your eye on an item, you can message the seller directly to negotiate on prices, payment options, where and when to meet-up for exchange or whether a delivery can be arranged. Founded in Singapore, it is now available in 7 countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia.
Created with an aim to extend the life cycle of luxury products and lessen the environmental impact of fashion, Luxford is a platform offering users luxury consignment services for both menswear and womenswear. Whether you’re hoping to find a new home for your pre-owned pieces and or on the lookout for a staple fashion item from the top designer brands, you might just find luck using this Hong Kong-based virtual resale shop. Many of the garments and accessories on the site have only been worn a couple times, but prices can go for as low as 90% off retail price!
Browse Luxford’s collection here.
RETYKLE is Asia’s first online resale platform for preloved designer childrenswear. Founded in 2016 by Sarah Garner after she became a parent and realised she had piles of unworn or like-new kids clothing to deal with, RETYKLE showcases an entire collection of babywear and children’s from over 2000 luxury brands. The platform has recently expanded into reselling pre-owned maternity clothes, baby accessories and brand overstock too. Most recently, RETYKLE has even opened a brand new 5000 square foot storefront in Wong Chuk Hang if you prefer to practice circular shopping in person!
Browse RETYKLE’s collection online or visit their store at 8/F Sing Tek Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road.
5. Vestiaire Collective
Created in Paris in 2009, Vestiaire Collective has made a big name for itself within the sustainable fashion world, attracting more than 8 million members globally. Stocking an extensive and carefully curated selection of preloved luxury labels, there’s almost always something to be found on the site. Plus, every piece on the site has been authenticated to ensure that your purchases are 100% genuine, so you can start curating your own luxury yet circular capsule wardrobe here.
Browse Vestiaire Collective’s collection here.
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