Ever wonder how all these twenty-somethings are running around Vancouver with designer handbags? This city seems to be home to young hot It Girls in their luxury finery.
Well, we know her secret. It's luxury consignment.
Vancouver is democratizing access to high-end designers through online and in-store retailers that offer pre-loved, thrifted, and consigned luxury goods at different price points. Some specialize in pieces that are vintage or rare and some stock items that are in like-new condition but selling for $1000 less than the market price. Because we have so many stores to choose from it's possible for anyone who wants to own a luxury piece to be able to do so.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but we have rounded up our favourite places to shop in-store and online for consigned luxury.
Mine & Yours
Mine & Yours has two boutique locations downtown and stocks clothes, shoes, and accessories from the top of the luxury pyramid, like Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino. The clothing is largely affordable with many pieces under $100 and for the big ticket items like bags, prices range from $125 for a Burberry tote to $22,500.00 for a Berkin.
Address: 25 Howe St and 418 Davie St
Turnabout is one of the biggest sellers of pre-loved luxury in Vancouver with eight locations around B.C. Turnabout Luxe on Granville is exclusively dedicated to high-end designer clothing and accessories but the other locations have a mix of mid-range brands like Aritzia and Lululemon, too.
Address: 3109 Granville St; 3135 Granville St; 3112 West Broadway, 1003 Commercial Dr; 2929 Main St; and 4180 Fraser St
Hidden away in the historic Dominion Building, Collective Will is one of three secret stores that have turned the studio office space into a treasure trove of fashion. The highly curated collection of luxury vintage items has new arrivals all the time and is among the most surprising and inventive collections on this list.
Address: 804 - 207 W Hastings St
The Find Studio
The Find Studio stocks handbags and shoes with the occasional accessories like Hermes Twilly scarves and that one Gucci belt you see everywhere on Instagram (it's selling for $295). They have a few clothing items but nothing compared to other entrants on this list, their extensive collection of clutches in great condition and under $500 is the real reason to check them out.
Address: Online only
This appointment-only studio is located in Gastown but people can shop for Faulkner's collection of niche archive pieces online. Faulkner focuses on more contemporary streetwear and modern luxury brands like Issey Miyake and Dries Van Noten so most of their pieces you won't be able to find anywhere else, even new.
Address: 307 - 314 W Cordova St and online
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Modaselle is located downtown and specializes in accessories like handbags, jewellery, watches, and belts from the biggest luxury names and every day they have an online flash sale at noon where they lower the already lower-than-retail prices by a few $100. The jewellery ranges from Tiffany to Cartier and is largely 14-18K with diamonds.
Address: 943 Seymour St
J'adore Couture is another online-only consigner that sells designer bags in near-pristine condition but it's the shoes that set them apart. Their collection is extensive and the price point is close to unbeatable with many of them coming in at under $500. These stunning white Gucci loafers are $450.