Buying secondhand isn’t new, and it certainly isn’t unusual. In fact, based on a resale market survey from GlobalData, over 56 million women have bought at least one secondhand product in 2018. With the resale industry on the steady rise to overshadow the fast fashion industry by 2028, we think it’s worth to delve into the top five reasons why buying secondhand won’t let you, or the environment, down.
#1 You Get Major Style Points
Thanks to resale platforms, it’s not the end if you missed the release of your favourite designer house’s limited edition collection. A huge benefit of buying preloved is that you’ll get access to highly-coveted styles, with some rare and discontinued styles from archives way back.
Pro-tip: Match preloved bags with current seasonal pieces for a look that’s right on trend. With vintage one-of-a-kind finds on our resale platform, you’ll be able to style up some real enviable Instagram OOTDs!
#2 It’s Good For Your Wallet
There’s nothing more satisfying than snagging a great deal on a preloved designer bag at a fraction of its original price. While limited edition favourites, like the Hermès Birkin or the Chanel Classic Flap, tend to appreciate in value, preloved designer bags are generally sold at a lower price.
However, if you spot a too-good-to-be-true product listing at 80% off, we recommend you ensure that it’s from a trusted reseller. At Style Theory Bags, every designer bag on our resale platform is guaranteed authentic, priced fairly and professionally photographed to accurately reflect its current condition — what you see is what you’d get!
#3 You’re Helping the Environment
Just because you can afford to buy new doesn’t mean you should. The fashion industry, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, accounts for 10% of all global greenhouse emissions, and that alone is reason enough to reduce your own fashion carbon footprint.
One of the main reasons why designer bags are sold at high price tags and in limited quantities is the sheer amount of time, labour, and energy resources needed to make one. In fact, according to LePrix, choosing to buy one preloved designer bag instead of brand new will help to save over 18 lbs of carbon emissions and about 6 gallons of water — that’s a huge impact from just one simple decision of yours!
#4 You’re Helping to End the Buy-and-Throw-Away Culture
Not too long ago, certain luxury fashion brands were known to throw their unused stock straight into raging fires, just to maintain “exclusivity”. The outrage that followed this news went on to show that there was a growing community of sustainable and ethical consumers, who were more than ready to call for an end to the wasteful linear economy of fashion.
What has buying secondhand got to do with this? On a personal level, choosing to buy secondhand helps to prevent unused designer bags from prematurely ending up in the landfills. Instead, you’re increasing the number of wears in a bag’s lifespan, and contributing to the sustainable circular economy — kudos to you!
#5 It’s More Dependable Than Ever Before
So, you’re excited to buy preloved, but the only thing holding you back is the fear of counterfeits lurking in shady thrift shops. Nobody wants to be duped with a high-grade fake that escaped the eye of an authentication expert! But thanks to the advancement of A.I. machine learning, that human error factor can be whittled down to achieve a whopping 99.1% accuracy.
At Style Theory Bags, we employ this very same state-of-the-art technology to ensure that every designer bag that comes through our doors is fully authenticated and approved by us, so that you can have full confidence in shopping from our collection of preloved bags.
As Southeast Asia’s largest circular fashion platform, we want to invite you to step into our Infinite Wardrobe, redefined. Now, whether you choose to rent or buy a designer bag with Style Theory Bags, you’re not just getting more bang for less buck, but you’re helping to champion a new era of smart and sustainable fashion.
Here’s your chance to buy designer bags from our collection of brands like Balenciaga, Celine, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent, at prices starting from just $330. Shop Style Theory Bags now.