I thought it’d be fun to put together an old-fashioned (as in the blog world, lol!) collage shopping page, if only because it’s a format I always like to browse if rarely buy from…
So this is here for the purely for the pleasure of browsing! And as so many of us us are overall cutting back on the buying and looking for ways to shop more sustainably & focus on smart investment purchases, this week the focus is on second-hand shopping, sale investment pieces and just for the fun of it, some cool design work for product labels… enjoy!
With #SecondhandSeptember refocussing our minds away from constant newness (I’m wishing all the those shopping features talking such big numbers of product ‘Here’s 100 new pieces you must see now!’ would just get cancelled altogether – come on editorial fashion teams!), it’s great realising just how many brilliant ways there are to shop second hand or even just rent or return. I’ve just made an autumn investment in a secondhand handbag from Vestiaire Collective which is a piece I know I will have for years to come and I cannot wait for it to arrive! Vestiaire is also a great place to check in on favourite fashion brands – Samsoe & Samsoe, Baum Und Pferdgarten, Second Female, Ganni et al; the green dress pictured is Rixo.
Alternatively the Depop app is a great way to buy and sell (without such a big cut!) and I’ll be putting some pieces up very soon! I have a couple of Ganni dresses that never fit that well which definitely deserve better homes! Or a new way of wearing that is especially good for special occasions and holiday dressing is the new clothes rental platforms – I recently tried out By Rotation and found it’s a great way to try out styles that you might not have before!
For those of you who love real books (I am both a devoted book lover & Kindle fan, yes, I know, deal with it!) then buying secondhand is obviously the way to go. Browsing a charity shop or even online is a wonderfully serendipitous way to open your mind to new reading possibilities. And the prices just can’t be beat! This copy of The Great Gatsby is from the huge fiction collection on the Oxfam Online Shop.
There’s always going to be something quite wonderful about snagging a classic piece you’ve had your eye on for a while at less than half price. I’m not a great sale shopper on the whole, but every now and then that EXTRA20 on sale items online can really tip the boat. Matches is doing an extra 20% off sale items at the moment (not sure how long it will last!) and I don’t think you will ever find a better price on this Wandler Hortensia – a style that is currently full price new season in different colourways so you know it’s a keeper! And an old colourway can be even more covetable… Other bag brands I love also in the sale are Cult Gaia, Muun, Nico Giana, and Staud. I also bought these Suicoke slides – also more than half price off! – another piece I’ve been eyeing up for months!
Cool Label Art
Last week I met the lovely lady behind very cool natural skincare label Neighbourhood Botanicals and was really struck by the label artwork – designed by a hiphop record sleeve designer. I’ve been using the *Dream Dream Dream night oil (currently 20% off) this last week and am loving it. Nice and gentle, subtly fragrance and sinks beautifully into the skin. Check out the rest of the range here. (*PR sample)
Just this morning browsing over coffee (I had to wrench myself away from the Caroline Calloway Natalie Beach drama, urgh!) I noticed these beautifully labelled La Montana candles on Net-a-Porter, created by a husband & wife team living in a remote mountain village in Spain. Not a brand I know, but absolutely loving the names and artwork. Fab prezzie to self or another!
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