Nearly every fashion editor I know has a story (or several) on unearthing a vintage gem. Mine is sourcing a classic Burberry trench coat for just over £100, a jacket I’m convinced managed to land me my job at Who What Wear. One colleague managed to snap up a gorgeous Valentino blouse for £30, and another found a checked Aquascutum jacket that fitted perfectly for a mere 15 quid. I’ve spent many years trawling vintage fashion shops, and it never fails to give me joy. Even now, when shops remain shut, I enjoy looking through online sites to find hidden second-hand pieces.
But vintage shopping is no longer the pastime for those of us who have the patience to go through hundreds of pre-loved garments. Resale fashion is having a resurgence, and 2020 was unlike any year we’ve seen before. According to the Business of Fashion, “Before the pandemic