For a long time now, sustainability has been on the tip of the fashion industry’s tongue. It all too often gets a bad rap for its environmentally unfriendly practices, thanks to “fast fashion” businesses that are accused of anything from polluting water sources and using toxic chemicals to increasing levels of textile waste. But there are, across the world, a growing collection of brands that have been making long strides to a more sustainable future. One such rapidly expanding firm is the Vestiaire Collective, which opened operations in Hong Kong this year to service the AsiaPacific market.
Founded in Paris in 2009, Vestiaire Collective is a leading online marketplace to buy and sell pre-owned designer clothing and accessories. It boasts six co-founders— each of them bringing a range of skills and experience from the tech, logistics, business development and style industries to the online luxury fashion platform. Vestiaire has quickly risen to prominence as one of the world’s leading online marketplaces that now boasts more than seven million members across the globe.
Customers shop from a curated and authenticated mix of 30,000 product listings every week, including everything from rare handbags, furnishings and vintage watches to this season’s latest collections, which have been just a little pre-loved. Vestiaire is a sustainability champion and it’s been lauded by fashion experts around the planet for its forward-thinking. Two such supporters are Hong Kong fashion experts Peter Cheung and Feiping Chang, who have learned firsthand about the platform’s buying and selling process.