We are all too accustomed to those familiar ‘sold out’, ‘coming soon’, and ‘sign up for updates’ notices that flag up when it comes to snagging the latest object of our affection. And what’s worse, if you weren’t smart enough to sign up to every newsletter going before your new squeeze even hits the market, you could be parked on waiting lists that span up to anything as much as 6 years!
Fortunately, with a thriving market for selling and buying pre-loved designer clothing online, it is easier than ever to snap up a timeless item the second time around. You’ll have to be quick though; with some of the best designer bargains purchased in a record of just 2 minutes and 9 seconds flat, UK Country Manager Virginia Feacey shared with us the low down on the five fastest selling designer labels on Rebelle.com this year…
1. Chanel – The Boy Bag – 02.09 minutes
Not quite ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ but not far off – Chanel wins hands down with its classic mini leather Boy Bag selling out on the same day it arrived. The Chanel Boy, with its adjustable strap, will set you back £3,300 if new, but the right bag can fetch anything as much as £6K following a massive 230% spike in value over recent years. Typically characterised by its ‘CC’ logo and quilting, a rarer version of the bag, for example those made with crocodile skin, can be resold for tens of thousands of pounds.
2. Louis Vuitton – Damier Tote Bag – 03.04 minutes
We’ve seen huge growth year on year for Louis Vuitton, with no signs of slowing down yet! Louis Vuitton bags are highly sought after, with nearly all of the most iconic styles defiantly holding their value in the secondary market. In great condition, a Louis Vuitton handbag could resell for anything up to 70% or more of the original retail value; The most expensive Louis Vuitton bag sold on Rebelle to date is the ‘Artsy Empreinte’ made of exotic python leather which sold for €7,000 and originally retailed around €12,000.
3. Chanel – White Trainers – 03.26 minutes
With results of a new study finding the value increase out-performing housing prices, it’s no surprise that our customers love everything Chanel – from oversized knitwear to belts, to these unique fringed sneakers. With Chanel, it might be just a black dress to one person, but to a real fan it’s the best black dress you’ll ever find and you’ll wear it for decades. This is especially reflected in limited edition or special order pieces, which always do well at resale.
4. Celine – Grey Shopper – 04.19 minutes
Owning a Celine bag has become, in short, a must have. Together with a cult ‘Ready-to-Wear’ collection in 2010, Celine launched three famous handbag ranges; the Cabas, the Luggage and the Classic; that have now become synonymous with the ultimately Parisian-cool brand. All logo free, simple yet distinguishable, these classic accessories have quickly become the best sellers from the entire collection, with shopper versions of the bag selling out on the same day they arrive at our warehouse.
5. Hermes – Leather Belt – 04.44 minutes
Hermes is a timeless designer heavyweight that’s actually predicted to make you money – the brand generally increase the prices between 5% and 10% annually for a new bag, so it’s no surprise that pieces get snapped up so quickly! The Birkin itself is a huge investment – the most expensive version of the bag currently on REBELLE available for as much as £104k! – so it’s often the smaller accessories that go flying off our virtual shelves first.