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On average, purchasing a pre-owned item saves 1kg of waste, 3,040 liters of water and 22kg of CO2.
FARFETCH is a pioneer in pre-owned luxury, having partnered with its first pre-owned boutique in 2010.
I do feel like buying pre-owned is more sustainable, since one of the key tenets of conservation is to use things that last longer. It even helps redeem items made unsustainably by giving them a second life — no need to discard something just because it was produced unsustainably. That only compounds the waste.
My go-to is always vintage and pre-owned. Personally, I have been a vintage and resale lover and collector for years. There is something interesting and unique about incorporating a pre-loved piece into a look, not to mention the environmental benefits.
Highest value pre-owned items sold per category
Throughout the pandemic’s lockdown periods, pre-owned, lifestyle items have sold well. 2020 sales were three times those of 2019
Louis Vuitton Petanque Veuve Clicquot Champagne holder
The ultimate luxury combination of classic French outdoor game with a holder for the classic French drink.
Hermès dog-print playing cards (set of 2)
Play Cribbage, Gin Rummy or Poker in style with cards printed with the brand's favorite hunting dog motif.
Louis Vuitton DouDou teddy bear
A teddy bear like no other, crafted in leather and subtley but distinctly branded by the French house.
17% of pre-owned items sold in 2020 originated in the 1990s or early 2000s
The Margiela years at Hermès are a continuous source of inspiration. There is something so simple yet powerful about his collections for the maison. Truly timeless. Other 90s icons I love are Jil Sander and Calvin Klein. I spend hours searching the internet for vintage pieces... I made a promise to myself to try and find a garment secondhand first, before buying something new. After all, opting for secondhand clothes and therefore extending the lifespan of a product is the most sustainable form of consumption.
There is a clear affinity between luxury and circularity. The quality associated with luxury fashion inherently gives it a lifespan that can extend across multiple generations. Its aspirational aspect and the cyclical nature of fashion also mean pre-owned pieces retain their desirability over time. As a result, FARFETCH has set a 2030 goal to drive more sales of circular, low-waste products or enable uses of our circular services, than sales of products made in traditional, linear ways.