With the holiday shopping season officially on, that put me in good mind to speak about a new online shopping treasure that’s started to pick up major speed this past year – TheRealReal.com. It’s a luxury consignment shop of the highest order, where you’ll find brands like Balenciaga, Chloe, Chanel, Alaia, Lanvin, Fendi, Christian Louboutin – you name it, covering apparel, jewelry, shoes, accessories and more. The shocking bit is that you can get some of this previously worn, but otherwise pristine gold up to 90% off.
The Real Real team is a well-oiled machine of industry stylists and experts that are beckoned to the closets of sometimes A-list consigners (for this ‘White Glove Treatment’ you’d have to have 10 or more items to be sold) from various metropolises across the country, to authenticate and get the piece sold, where they can expect to see a 60-70% return on the sale of their item(s). It sounds like a win-win for both parties, which is kind of a palm-to-forehead slapper these days.
I was invited to check out The Real Real’s warehouse facilities in Midtown Manhattan and stumbled upon precious bauble after precious bauble. Fierce heel after fierce heel. Sickening dress after sickening dress. There were special collector’s items you’d never imagine existed, as well as some familiar treasures (a pair of Fall 2009 Louis Vuitton stilettos, Look #13 as seen on Magdalena Frackowiak in Fendi Fall 2011 – hanging in a see-through garment bag).
Check out the images below of some of the incredible finds I stumbled upon at The Real Real’s warehouse. I for one walked out with a brand new black leather Balenciaga wallet.