The Vestiaire Collective

vestiaire collective review

Oh good, a new shopping obsession. (Note the irony: I need a new shopping obsession like I need a hole in the head!) This one, however, is rather more addictive than usual, if that’s at all possible. For the Vestiaire Collective is no ordinary shopping experience – it’s The Outnet, eBay and a fantasy wardrobe sale all rolled into one. Take nearly-new (or entirely new!) designer goods, place them on an easy-to-navigate website and allow questions, comments, wishlists and “likes”; back up purchases with a service that authenticates items and verifies that it’s a genuine Chanel bag, Louis Vuitton purse, pair of Prada shoes that you’ve bought…

Each item has been put up for sale by a real person – you or I could log on right now and list our items for sale, and I love that idea. It’s a bit like peering into other people’s wardrobes, except that you can buy what you see. You can ask questions about the item, get further measurements, register your interest… It’s kind of like eBay in a way, except that there’s no time-limit and everything is backed up by the people at Vestiaire who will make sure you’re not buying a fake. (They can spot a fake a mile off, apparently.) I haven’t yet sold anything on the site, but I am the proud owner of a new Gucci travel bag and card holder* (very old-school, all those logos!) and I can tell you that they did arrive exactly as described. (They check for “compliance” as well as authenticity, making sure that the item is in the same condition as described by the seller, so it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed with your item.)

The only disadvantage that I can see with the system is that you can’t really return anything. (You couldn’t with eBay either, but when we’re talking of spending hundreds of pounds in one hit it becomes more of an issue.) Fine, to a certain extent, with bags; but shoes, coats, dresses? It could just be that a certain brand comes up small, or that a coat has a funny fit around the arms. If something’s unwearable, then it’s a pain that you can’t send it back. You can re-sell on the site, but it’s a bit more hassle than just filling out the returns form on an Outnet order!

That, however, is a very small gripe, because I think that for most items, if you do enough research and ask enough questions, you can really get a bargain. Yes, Chanel, Prada, Dior and Louis Vuitton bags are still hugely expensive, but if you find that little Paul & Joe coat or Gucci dress? Second-hand shopping gold! Well worth adding to your list of regularly-visited sites for when you’re looking for something unique – for the same price as a dress from Reiss, or All Saints, you can get a very, very special dress that nobody else will be wearing….

Vestiaire Collective

(*total price, £350, both were pretty much new.)

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  1. Martina
    February 5, 2013 / 8:10 am

    Did you know you have just signed a death sentence for me, did you?

    • RuthCrilly
      February 5, 2013 / 10:17 am

      Sorry. : (

      • Martina Lo Monaco
        February 5, 2013 / 3:25 pm

        lol don’t be

  2. February 5, 2013 / 8:12 am

    that’s funny, Ruth, I just discovered this last night;-p

    • RuthCrilly
      February 5, 2013 / 10:17 am

      No way!

  3. Sarah Grant
    February 5, 2013 / 9:41 am

    Oh God Ruth! This website is seriously addictive! I may have to sell a kidney soon.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work on A Model Recommends. I love reading it x

  4. Sarah Grant
    February 5, 2013 / 9:43 am

    Oh Lordy this website is seriously addictive! I may have to sell a kidney.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work on A Model Recommends. I love reading it every day x

    • RuthCrilly
      February 5, 2013 / 10:17 am

      I’ve already sold mine

  5. Sue
    February 5, 2013 / 10:04 am

    Sounds of gnashing of teeth – I’m “not allowed any more c**p you don’t wear!!!” grrrr xxx

    • RuthCrilly
      February 5, 2013 / 10:16 am


  6. medaher f
    February 5, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    love your blog, a bit off topic ruth…..did you ever find out the ingredient in d/wear that was causing the breakouts, I ask cause I fear the same is happening to me after wearing this foundation for months and loving it.

  7. February 5, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    gorgeous bag. BTW, Ruth, are you the new face/body for Only, because I swear it was you on a large billboard

  8. talisa
    February 5, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    bit off topic… how did you design your blog layout? desperately want to get rid of the normal one and “accessorise” it haha! xx

  9. jocelyn lam
    February 6, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    sigh… Ruth… sometimes i love you, sometimes i hate you… and honestly, i hate you right now…. just made a purchase… why’d you do this to meeeeee!

  10. eyelinr
    February 9, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    RUTH! DAMN YOU *shakes fist* (*buys a pair of crissy loubs*)

  11. Petra Guasti
    February 14, 2013 / 10:39 am

    Thank you Ruth, spent days deliberating and yesterday bought my very first Hermes scarf… And fitting quote: “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” (Carrie Bradshaw) …

  12. Jade
    February 19, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    Thank you so much for recommending this website. A few years ago my mum had her Gucci handbag stolen and has not replaced it since, I was shocked to find the same style of handbag on the website and now mum is the new proud owner of it. Thanks again!

  13. mrs.windermere
    April 11, 2013 / 10:51 am

    forget this website, it’s totally unprofessional. I bought a bag and after waiting for a month they told me it was “not available” anymore. why was it offered on the VC site in the first place then if it was not available when I bought and paid for it?! I will never buy with them again. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON VC!

  14. styledbylina
    July 3, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    I wanted to buy the alexander Mcqueen scarves from VC and i didnt, cus after research the ones posted were FAKE! 100% fake..
    To add insult to injury they were sold for 100’s of pounds whereas they are £30 on ebay!
    I had already told them by email and tweet but nothing was done.
    Do not trust them.. and i think people should do their research before dropping hundreds of pounds!

  15. Lala
    July 10, 2013 / 11:02 pm

    Just found out a bag i bought on there is counterfeit, only because i paid to get it authenticated by a reputable company as i was thinking of reselling! Vestaire are being difficult to get my money back although the bag is back with them. Very disappointed as it sounded like the perfect site. Would not buy from them again! Not as good as it appears.

  16. Maddi
    November 2, 2013 / 2:00 am

    The so called experts at VC either are morons or quite willingly send people goods that they know to be fakes! I purchased some boots and true to form they turned out to be fraudulent goods. I was treated as if I’d done something wrong when I complained and told that I should pay to send the fakes back only to be told one of their experts would check them LOL I love the muppets but I am most certainly not a member of the cast. I have made a video which I shall be uploading to YouTube shortly to show the public the repugnant fakes that even the blind would have the knowledge to ensure they were not authentic. I did get my money back after a long drawn out fight and no apology to boot, but they did delete my account immediately, so what does that tell you? I had printed screen throughout the transaction so it didn’t matter that they tried to delete supporting evidence but the video I made with their authentication slips attached it class A comedy. BEWARE AND AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS.

  17. valentina
    August 9, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    I purchased celine skirt from vestiaire collective in very good condition and received this skirt dirty with a STITCHED HOLE on the front. When I returned this skirt back I was given 2 option – to resell it (dirty with stitched hole) or they will send it back to me as this skirt is second hand and “slight signs of wear”. I sent them about 10 e-mails without any result. So be warned!, they probably will sell this skirt with hole as in very good condition again, under my account:). Even on eBay if you are buying an item not as described you can return it, there is no protection here. This is ridiculous!

    • Vestiare Collective Never again
      May 26, 2016 / 10:41 am

      I too have received a jacket which smell of sweat in armpits ( passed on as Very good condition) and they would not accept any return, I was given an option to resell it BUT I could only do that at the price I have paid for the item , and if the item was sold they would deduct 30% again off the final sale.
      So in the end of the day I had to dry clean the jacket and sell it via Ebay, have lost money on this….

  18. Vestiare Collective Never again
    May 26, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Thinks twice before you buy there.
    I have purchased 2 Bvlgari items from the same seller via their website, the seller has dispatched my item instantly, VC has marked both as Compliant on 12/05/2016. 10 days later the status of 1 of my item was still shown been prepared for shipping.

    I have contacted Vestiare Collective several times asking when my belt will be dispatched, today 15 days later got a reply and was told my item is LOST by VESTIARE COLLECTIVES and I am offered a refund ….First now the status of my item is updated. I wonder how long would that take for them to realise the item was not dispatched if I did not chase them by emails?

    Absolutely shocking experience. Badly orgainsed company.

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