Whether you’re after a particularly rare handbag or want to do your part for the environment by buying secondhand, these retailers offering vintage and preloved luxury handbags alike should be your go-to.
Buying pre-owned goods doesn’t have the stigma once attached to it. As the fashion industry tackles the issue of waste and promotes sustainability, luxury resale retailers targeting savvy shoppers are offering high-quality, authenticated pieces, many of which are at a fraction of the full retail price.
Check out our favourite brick-and-mortar shops and online marketplaces available in Hong Kong below.
What Goes Around Comes Around on Shopbop
First established in New York City in the 1990s, What Goes Around Comes Around started life as a vintage store and now offers a huge array of unique luxury finds from fashion houses, sourced by a team of buyers. But you don’t have to go to its NYC or Beverly Hills boutiques, or pay for shipping on orders through its website — the goods are on offer via Shopbop. From the Celine Micro Luggage to pieces from Louis Vuitton’s sought-after Takashi Murakami-designed collections, which were discontinued in 2020, What Goes Around Comes Around has something for every taste.
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Luxury online fashion retailer Farfetch is most famous for offering hundreds of designer brands, but it also boasts a dedicated platform for pre-owned goods. From everyday essentials like a Louis Vuitton wallet to coveted items like Hermès’ Vinyl Kelly beach bag, there’s a broad, eclectic selection to choose from. Meanwhile, Farfetch’s ‘Second Life’ programme, launched in 2019 with sustainability in mind, takes pre-loved handbags from shoppers to resell, in exchange for credit on the site. The programme is only available in the European Union for now, but you can sign up to be notified when it launches near you.
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Luxury consignment marketplace The RealReal is one of the biggest names in the pre-owned fashion retail space at the moment. With the goal of “extending the life cycle of luxury goods,” The RealReal allows customers to consign items and also shop from a huge array of pre-owned goods. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say you’ll find pretty much every luxury accessory under the sun: think Alaïa’s python tote, Mansur Graviel’s leather bucket bag and quirky finds like Chanel’s spring/summer 2013 XL hula hoop flap bag. And of course, there are plenty from the holy trinity of handbags: Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès.
Shop online at The RealReal
The Luxury Closet
Working on a consignment model, Middle East online marketplace giant The Luxury Closet acquired Hong Kong pre-owned goods platform Guiltless last year, and with it extended operations to the city. This is the place to go if you’re after glitzy, flashy models: from the Dolce and Gabbana ‘Sicily’ bag in green stripe patent leather and Saint Laurent’s ‘Kate’ in black-and-white python to a black suede and leather Ophidia ‘dragon’ bag by Gucci.
Shop online at The Luxury Closet
One of Hong Kong’s best-known pre-owned luxury retailers, Japan-headquartered Brand Off offers a selection of the most enduring classics, such as the Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, Chanel 2.55 and Hermès Birkin, all in steady supply. There are also trendier options, like the revived Dior Saddle. With regular sales and discounts, you’re guaranteed to find a good deal here. There are seven branches across the city, though a convenient way to shop for specific designs you have in mind is to browse on Brand Off’s website and put in a free request to see a bag in person at a shop near you.
Brand Off, various locations including: 15C Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Established by Lane Crawford alum Sarah Fung, Hula offers consigned designer goods sourced from fashion industry professionals. Priding itself as a “sustainable fashion community,” the platform encourages shoppers to get into buying pre-owned items as a way to lessen the impact of waste created by the fashion industry. That’s not all: the goods are on offer at up to 95 percent off retail prices. Take your pick of Stella McCartney, Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenberg and many more. Hula operates a warehouse space in Wong Chuk Hang, alongside its online retail platform.
(Note: Hula is also currently hosting a pop-up in Central from 21 October–9 November 2020 at G/F, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong.)
Hula, 5A, Evergreen Industrial Mansion, 12 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Bang Bang 70s
A treasure trove of rare finds, Bang Bang 70s is a vintage boutique that has been holding fort on Aberdeen Street since 2006. It specialises in vintage and antique goods, with some dating back to the 1970s, though also with plenty of items and memorabilia from other eras. Some digging here can yield wonderful finds, from vintage Fendi ‘baguette’ bags; old school YSL leather goods (decades before Saint Laurent dropped the ‘Yves’ from its name); and Burberry totes in the brand’s signature check pattern. Bang Bang 70s is not much of a hidden gem — any vintage lover worth their salt in town knows about this place. So be sure to keep an eye out on the store’s social media posts for newly available items and make a beeline to the shop when you spot something to your liking.
Bang Bang 70s, 16 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
(Header image credit: The RealReal)