ABOUT DESIGNER BAGS ON REFASHIONER
Dear Purse Lover,
As you can tell from our Luxury Goods as Religious Icons pinterest board we are reluctant to buy into the money-printing image machine that Designer Handbags inhabit. Yet we do love a beautiful purse. So we’ve developed an attitude. It means you’ll find rare & costly —authenticated!— bags here, cheaper than elsewhere. Here’s why.
Why are your bags bargains?
Well, we generally steer clear of the fraught area of whole-paycheck DESIGNER BAGS. Frankly? We don’t like them. We don’t fancy the world of “Luxury”, where you are judged on your arm-wear, and must continually covet the next thing. BUT we even more utterly despise the evil stepchild of Luxury: the world of counterfeits, so when we do post a purse, we have it authenticated. Then we add our own detail photos and rundown to the owner’s description in the listing, with corrected info where necessary.
How is this different from the plethora of Designer Bag Resale sites?
Behind every one of those is a single aim: Make Money. Luxury bags work like (& can cost the same as) cars: ie they retain a demonstrable, if mutable, value. It’s investable-in. Here, we recognize and celebrate a different set of values, namely, the depth of meaning acquired by handbag (or garment) through ownership, use, and, yes, love. Any bag, designer or otherwise, that we accept, was acquired for more reasons than investment or showing off. We think buying a bag is a visual and sensory act of passion and that this rubs off on a thing. It retains essence of owner, and this is a good thing.
But why sell them for less?
In our teeny way, we’re countering the Luxury Industry. We thoroughly research the market and price these bags to be accessible—not cheap, but not inflated to the exorbitant ranges the market has allowed in recent years. We want all our pieces to speak to you, to find their righteous owner, to be appreciated in their own right, not for their label or celebrity endorsement or whatever the hell fetish is currently in vogue (or in Vogue).
So why would anyone sell through you?
If this strikes a chord, then you can strike a blow. These things cost a tiny fraction of their tag price to produce (with one honorable exception: Hermès). By paying the premium for LVMH, Kering, Richemont and the other Luxury Conglomerates’ pricey marketing campaigns, you are being hoodwinked by aspirational imagery, and you are contributing your hard-earned cash to their net profits. Which were, in 2013: $5 Billion (LVMH: Céline, Vuitton, Fendi, Marc Jacobs), $2.6 Billion (Richemont: Chloe, Alaïa) and $69 million (Kering: Gucci, Balenciaga). Why would you do that?
So, bottom line: when we post designer bags on Refashioner they are bargains, and yes, you can buy ‘em up and resell ‘em and make a damn profit. But then you’ll have to live with yourself.
Below: 1995 Gucci Pelham Borchie, from Marianne Frieda’s closet, $495