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The dos and don’ts of buying luxury items second hand
Marie Shortt is a French stylist, based in Dublin, with extensive experience in the fashion industry. Previously working with designer brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Vivienne Westwood and Barbara Bui, her approach to fashion has a sustainable focus with an emphasis on shopping in a more mindful way. Here she shares the dos and don’ts of buying luxury items on second hand platforms.
A Guide To Buying A Preloved Designer Handbag For The New Season
Tracking down the bag of your dreams does require patience. “It’s quite a slow game and if you can do a lot of research, it’s best,” says fashion stylist Marie Shortt (@mariestylestudio), who rates Designer Exchange on Drury Street and Lou’s Lot in George’s Street Arcade as top destinations for knowledgeable staff and unique finds respectively. One positive of going the secondhand route is that you can track down a one-off piece from a brand that is no longer in production, or indeed a brand that is no longer in existence. “I love preloved shopping for brands that I love but are no longer around. I got a Luella bag for €45 a while ago. It was like new; never used with snakeskin-style leather. It would have been worth around €700 originally,” Shortt says.