I've been wanting the super expensive Joseph leather leggings for as long as I can remember but they are so expensive I couldn't get my head around it - so what next? Well, sometimes when you really really want something, second hand (or rather pre-owned as Vestiaire Collective calls it) is the only way forward!
I should probably start by saying that I'm not great with things that have already been worn, I get a kick out of buying something shiny and new so the idea of looking at a second hand pair took a bit of convincing. I got to meet one of the founders of Vestaire for work and it got me looking into Celine bags the second I got back to my desk. For those of you who are not familiar with it "Vestiaire Collective was launched in 2009 by a team of 6 founders who recognised the need for an online platform that allowed people to buy and sell luxury pre-owned fashion. Vestiaire Collective creates a unique environment where all items are authenticated and checked before reaching the seller, thereby eradicating the risks of purchasing counterfeits, mis-selling or mis-pricing items."
My Joseph trousers arrived in perfect condition a few days after I bought them (they had been through several quality and authenticity checks which I was kept informed of by email). A perfectly wrapped package arrived by courier, the leggings wrapped in tissue paper and all in a branded Vestiaire Collective carrier bag. They had swing tags on them giving me information about who had done all the quality and authenticity checks (all ticked by hand).
Now that I'm wearing my next to new pair of gorgeous Joseph trousers and payed a fraction of the price for them I wonder: why on earth did I make such a fuss and WHY have I not bought things before?
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