Why you should jump on the vintage train

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16 January 2020

It is clear that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. More reason to buy vintage items. It is important that clothes, but also bags, are given a second life and that they don't end up in a garbage dump. Luckily, you have come to the right place!

Compared to 15 years ago, more than 60% more clothing and accessories are purchased. Worrying numbers reveal that, on average, 70% of the wardrobe remains unworn.

It's a bit of a shock when you consider that 7,300 liters of water are used to produce one pair of jeans. This is the reason you have to check twice before you buy those new jeans. 7,300 liters of water is equivalent to drinking water for 10 years. If you give an item a second life, you save 73% on CO2, chemicals and water. It is therefore crucial to recycle.

But what are the advantages of vintage designer items?

1. Good investment

A large number of vintage designer bags, such as the Chanel 2.55 or Hermès Birkin, become more and more valuable as time goes by. When Coco Chanel designed the Chanel 2.55 in 1955, the selling price of this bag was only 220 dollars. Now, you pay around 6,000 dollars for this bag. So keep in mind that when you buy a designer item, it usually becomes more valuable.

2. Affordable

Pre-owned designer items are more affordable than brand new designer items. A vintage bag can be up to 50% to 70% cheaper than a brand new one. Also, the quality of vintage items is usually better than new items. At that time, quality was more important than quantity and that is reflected in a lot of vintage designer items.

3. Unique 

Let's face the facts, nobody likes to see someone walking around in the same clothes or with the same bag. Vintage designer items are no longer produced, so there's very little chance you'll meet someone with the same clothes.

4. Durable

By giving a designer item a second life, you don't only contribute to the earth, but you also get unique items of better quality for a more attractive price. A good sustainable concept is: 'one in-one out'. When you buy a new item, you have to say goodbye to an old item from your closet. So, when you buy a vintage sweater, another sweater has to leave your closet. Bought a new bag? An 'old' bag has to go. 

Every vintage designer item is one-of-a-kind. We think that once you go vintage, you may never want to go back buying new. What are your thoughts on this?