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According to Ambre Dahan, co-founder of Walk in My Closet, there is an estimated 148 billion euros, or $201 million, worth of unworn clothes languishing in closets around the world – and she wants to sell them.
Dahan says that of the 212 billion euros, or $288 billion, spent on luxury goods in 2012, just 30 percent of items will be worn one year after purchase.
Walkinmycloset.com, which has just launched in Europe, is packaged as a “luxury consignment destination and virtual fashion diary.” It features a luxury fashion resale service that employs a team of experts that verify each item’s authenticity and ensure that it matches the needs of a demanding customer.
Unlike competitors such as Vestiaire Collective or Covetique, Walk in My Closet offers a curated lineup. It states on the site that it accepts only the “best in luxury pre-owned designer fashions” and points out that “not all selling requests can be accepted.”
Items are photographed in-house and the site charges a 25 percent commission on items, which include pieces such as a pair of near-perfect Chloé Susanna studded boots for $672, which will retail at about $1,345 new. A pair of Alexander Wang sandals is available for $268. The section can be shopped according to designer, size, gender (men are occasionally invited to become “influencers”) or country.
Amandine Rohmer, co-founder of the Web site, said its average basket size was increasing and that there were few returns because of its high quality-control measures.
The site has other featuress. A frequent traveller – she is married to Joe’s Jeans founder Joe Dahan and is the denim brand’s design director – Dahan needed a way to catalogue her wardrobe in order to make packing and wardrobe planning easier.
In a way similar to Pinterest, users can upload pictures of the items in their wardrobe, or use a button on a browser to add online pictures. A “C” (for “Clique”) button can be added to bookmark bars to facilitate this and wardrobes can be private or shared with a “Clique”.
The “Clique” refers to the site’s social aspect, whereby users can choose to follow each other and “walk” in each other’s closets. A mobile app allows posting and browsing on the go. The camera function allows users to post pictures of fashion finds or outfits and other users can “like” them.
Rohmer, who has worked in luxury goods for more than 15 years, said that she receives more “likes” of the content she posts there than she does on Instagram. Based in L.A., Dahan produces the site’s editorial content, which focuses on the wardrobes of her stylish friends, including Lola Rykiel and Elettra Wiedemann, and interviews with them.
The site launched in the U.S. earlier this year and attracted between 60,000 and 70,000 unique visitors in November, while 30,000 people have downloaded the app. Dahan and Rohmer are seeking offers of interest for a first round of investment to help them develop more tools and features within the site.
Harvey Nichols has tapped into our self-indulgent sides with their new Christmas advert.
Reinventing the way we shop for our loved one, the hilarious ‘Sorry, I Spent It On Myself’ campaign could be the answer to all your Louboutin dreams.
The idea is simple, and narrated with a set of familiar family scenes, as characters awkwardly exchange rubbish gifts while wearing the designer items they just so happened to have bought instead.
With lovebirds swapping gifts in bed, one man looks positively heartbroken as his girlfriend presents him with a pack of toothpicks. Meanwhile she’s stroking adoringly on herThe comedy continues with paper clips and an elastic band gift set, before a father presents his young son with a sink plug.
‘We wanted to have a bit of fun and remind people that they shouldn’t forget to spoil themselves this Christmas,’ said Julia Bowe, Group Press & Marketing Director of Harvey Nichols.
‘We hope that our new ‘Sorry, I Spent It On Myself’ Gift Collection will provide our fashion-loving customers with a tongue-in-cheek stocking-filler, and the perfect excuse to treat themselves to that must-have fashion item that they’ve been lusting after all year! Christmas is, after all, about giving and receiving, even if it is from yourself.’
‘A little something for them, a bigger something for you,’ tempts the ad’s closing line. Oh, if you insist. But first, stock up on all the ‘Sorry, I Spent It On Myself’ collection at Harveynichols.com, your friends may forigive you in time.
Check out the new ad below, and then share it with everyone you know before you hit the shops…
Kate Moss will receive a Special Recognition award at the British Fashion Awards next week to acknowledge her contribution to the fashion industry during her 25-year career.
The world’s most prolific Vogue cover girl, with 34 covers for British Vogue alone (she hasn’t gone a year without a cover since 1993), Moss recently assumed a role as Vogue’s contributing fashion editor. Since her discovery by Sarah Doukas of Storm Models in 1987, Moss has graced catwalks and advertising campaigns for the world’s biggest brands, including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
She has been involved in some of the biggest moments in fashion – from appearing as a hologram on the catwalk for Alexander McQueen, to starring in a fashion show watched by the world at the London Olympics closing ceremony – and her beauty has been immortalised by the art world, in a sculpture by Marc Quinn, and on canvas – naked and pregnant – by Lucien Freud.
One of the most visible impacts of her influence on fashion has been through the adoration of her rock-inspired, low-maintenance signature style, which has become synonymous with British fashion, and has been widely copied over the years. Skinny jeans, low-slung belts and vintage dresses became Moss trademarks, and were all reinterpreted for her hugely successful Kate Moss for Topshop collection, which launched in 2007 and will return next year.
The supermodel will collect the prize at the annual ceremony at the London Coliseum – which will be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, after David Walliams was forced to withdraw due to ill health. The night’s other Special Recognition award will be presented to journalist Suzy Menkes.
Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, disaster relief efforts continue to mount. The jewelry industry, not surprisingly, is doing its part to contribute money where it’s needed.
Kara Ross is donating 25 percent of the retail price of a select group of handbags to causes supporting Philippines relief efforts. Priced $670–$1,170, the bags—many of which are one-of-a-kind—were hand-woven on wooden looms by artisans in the Philippines. Roughly 15 styles will be available via her website, and the promotion will end when the bags are sold out.
Through at least the end of 2013, Graziela Gems is donating 10 percent of online sales from her Wave Ear Cuffs to the American Red Cross’ Haiyan disaster relief efforts. The earrings—popular with celebs including Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Dockery—come in two sizes and 10 styles and range in price from $240 to $490.
The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a black Alice Temperley dress for the annual SportsAid Gala black-tie fundraising dinner in London on Thursday night.
Kate met with a roster of aspiring athletes and presented the One-to-Watch Award at the event held at Super Nova, a pop-up venue in the Victoria Embankment Gardens.
SportsAid is an institution that helps budding athletes. A patron of the charity, Kate took part in a SportsAid workshop in October where she played volleyball in her 5-inch Stuart Weitzman shoes.
During the seated dinner, guests viewed a SportsAid video and according to Press Association, a contributor to the video commented about her volleyball skills, noting that you have “got to give respect to anybody who can play volleyball in wedges.”
Contemporary art is definitely in the air — and not only because Frieze is currently in full swing in London.
The latest installment of the Lady Dior campaign sees Marion Cotillard posing in front of abstract canvases and toting Lady Dior bags in vivid colors and with airbrushing details.
Tim Walker shot the ads, which are slated to break in Japanese Vogue on Oct. 28 and Vanity Fair in the U.S. on Oct. 30. They are also to be published on diormag.com, the French house’s online magazine.
Now five years doing Lady Dior campaigns, Cotillard exudes a modernist look with her slicked-back hair, red lips and sleek clothes from the resort collection by Dior designer Raf Simons.