Live Your Best Gucci Life in These Vintage and Secondhand Bags, Shoes, Tees, and More
Over the past year or so, I've been on a huge vintage and thrifting kick; from Gucci to Max Mara and Chanel, I've been very lucky to find some truly amazing pieces secondhand. While certain retailers and brands are still very much on my shopping radar, lately I've been the most excited about preloved treasures I've discovered in thrift stores, the local bazaar that sets up in my neighborhood on Sundays, and via online recommerce sites like The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, What Goes Around Comes Around, Fashionphile, Rebag, and 1stdibs as well as the vintage and preowned sections at stores like Shopbop, Farfetch, Reformation, and Urban Outfitters. Fun fact: Nordstrom just launched a curated section of gently used clothing and accessories called See You Tomorrow (this will definitely be a new go-to for me!). Due to said kick, I've got secondhand designer on the brain and, right now, Gucci is at the top of my list. (Fanny Moizant, cofounder and president of Vestiaire Collective, told me that Gucci became the top-selling brand on the site in 2019 for the first time and in the past year, the retailer has seen a 39 percent increase in sales; was I subconsciously influenced?!)
The thing about luxury brands like Gucci? Certain cult items are so hard to get your hands on. (Moizant told me the top Gucci styles known for maintaining their value include the Dionysus, GG, Marmot, Princetown, and Zumi, which Sarah Davis, president and founder of Fashionphile seconded, adding that she's seen year-over-year growth in sales for Gucci belts and the Ophidia collection.) That's where the secondhand market really comes in handy. You can typically always find buzzy pieces in excellent and gently worn conditions from bags to shoes and clothing. Since certain classic items never go out of style, the resale value remains high, which is great in terms of investing in a piece. Of course, in certain cases this means you're not getting that much of a discount, but if and when you decide to sell an item, you can feel good knowing you'll get a solid payout if it's well-cared for.
If you've got the Gucci bug like me, ahead, shop my edit of vintage and secondhand bags, shoes, t-shirts, and more from newly released styles to archival gems from the Tom Ford era and beyond.