In a digital age where everything is clickable, buyable and instant, the new can easily become the old. Vehemently rebelling against the rapid pace of unethical consumerism is Byronesque, the app that’s revolutionising vintage fashion shopping. Coaxing its customers to adopt Vivienne Westwood’s age-old adage of “buy less, choose well”, the personal shopping app fills the modern day’s gaping hole for vintage specialist roles.
Translation: Its objective is to trace the rarest, most iconic fashion pieces by individual requests — even if it means going to the ends of the earth to find Martin Margiela’s 1989 Tabi boots in size EU 38.5.
Here’s where it gets better. Now joining forces with luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective, Byronesque has curated 200 bordering-on-impossible-to-find pieces for a digital pop-up scheduled to launch online on 17 April. These rare archival pieces are sourced from a network of acclaimed vintage boutiques — from Paris’ Quidam de Revel to New York’s now-defunct The New World Order — on top of founder, editor-in-chief and CEO Gill Linton’s personal circle of fashion enthusiasts.
What to expect? Nothing less than a grand treasure trove of seminal designer masterpieces from decades past. Think: Rei Kawakubo’s defining work for Comme des Garçons in the late ’80s; Raf Simons’ revered experimentations in the noughties; pieces from Nicolas Ghesquière’s Balenciaga days; Jean Paul Gaultier’s lesser-known belted trench coats; the never-more-relevant salad days of Jeremy Scott logomania; and Margiela’s pioneering original of the pantashoes Demna Gvasalia brazenly imitates for Balenciaga now.
In Linton’s own words, below is a sneak preview and a short backstory of 10 leading items from the anticipated edit.
This Byronesque x Vestiaire Collective Archive Series edit drops here on 17 April.
(Main and featured images: Vestiaire Collective and Byronesque)