As the reign of Vintage continues, here are our top picks for buying high-end and luxury vintage through Instagram sellers.
If you’re vintage-obsessed, then you know the worth and prestige of finding rare decades-old luxury designer pieces. There’s a sense of reward and thrill in trying to scramble your last dimes together, messaging sellers in other time zones and hustling your way to scoring one-in-a-million gems.
The comeback of Vintage clothing has meant that there is high demand for such unique high-end pieces. So they can be incredibly difficult to get your hands on – but not impossible. And the best part about it is that it’s sustainable, slowing down fast fashion.
Platforms like Depop and Vestiaire are innovative and easy for boosting sustainable fashion choices and providing vintage and second-hand treasures. But at times it can feel hard to track down let alone buy the unique pieces we’re dying to get our hands on.
While you can still find luxury vintage, in a bank full of all kinds of sellers and all types of clothing, there’s plenty of non-luxury items and fakes clogging the system. And up-selling is common with expensive figures just trying to cover the platform’s fees. So, when you’re in the mood for a vintage haven of curated luxury, we’ve found it best to go straight to the source.
Here are 7 Instagram accounts you should visit if you love high-end and luxury vintage:
1. Treasures of NYC
Treasures of NYC is 90s x Y2K heaven. With a real emphasis on the meaning “treasure”, the New York City-based page has the best and most unique of designer fashion. You can expect a huge and ever-expanding range of vintage designer from top luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Fendi, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
Anything from Chanel Surf blue tops to Gucci monogrammed bags to Prada kitten heels to Vivienne Westwood corsets is up for grabs. The list is extensive with all types of clothing and accessories from most designer brands. And though items are expensive, it’s a symbol of their worth. And it adds to the exclusivity and uniqueness of luxury vintage. There’s just something about knowing you own a one-of-a-kind item that is no longer being made.
And with celebrities, influencers and everyday Instagram users trying to get their hands on the best – it’s a first in, first served world. With a worldwide platform, and shipping available almost everywhere, purchase for these luxury items are available via Instagram and their app.
2. The Reinvintage Collection
The Reinvintage Collection feed may seem like a too-good-to-be-true mood board and inspo page. But lucky for us, you can buy whatever you see! This page is also famed for showcasing the best of the past for designers like Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and more.
And with regular drops on their feed and website, it wouldn’t be unusual to spot a pair of Robert Cavalli knee-high boots, a Jean Paul Gaultier mesh top, Dior sunglasses and a one-of-a-kind pair of Prada flame mules.
Seen in Vogue with following by the likes of Rihanna and name-dropped as a fav for vintage by Kim Kardashian, The Reinvintage Collection is a celebrity-adored vintage spot. Plus a website and buyer protection keeps our shopping habits certified.
4. What Goes Around Comes Around
With a passion for sustainability since 1993, What Goes Around NYC is creating a lifestyle filled with vintage. With few stores around the USA, they are mainly based on Instagram and online, stocked with top condition luxury vintage.
What Goes Around Comes Around is all about the vintage aesthetic, sourcing rare unique pieces from well-established brands. The main brands featured start at Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Hermès, Rolex, Versace, YSL, Prada and LV. They also have a huge collection of accessories with a vast range of rare bags covered in details like sequins, graffiti, transparent plastic, satin and fur. One example, a Chanel No. 5 shearling multi-colour comic-inspired logo bag from the 2014 runway show.
Prices start at fairly average designer costs around $200 USD. And it ranges far, going into the multi-thousands depending on what you’re after, like $60K USD Hermès Kelly and Birkin bags.
5. No Austerity
No Austerity is a one-stop-shop for sought after streetwear and glamour. With 90s runway styles and super-rare grails, No Austerity is particular about its unique and authentic pieces from vintage collections. Their common feature brands include Alexander McQueen, Armani, Balenciaga, Comme Des Garcons, Dior, Givenchy, Raf Simmons and Miu Miu among the other namesake designer labels.
Moreover, No Austerity has been in operation for 10 years. The owner also offers items to be rented by stylists. And even for consignment, allowing buyers to offer their authentic items up for sale for a percentage of the profits. Plus for $5USD per, the owner will authenticate an item for you.
No Austerity lists specific collection items: a pair of the OG SS13 Raf Simons Holo Runners, a SS16 Saint Laurent Paris Grunge Tiara, a Balenciaga SS06 Devils Shirt, and a $2 800 USD Gucci G-string Tom Ford Era of the late 90s. Items are categorised by price brackets and on a usual day, you could expect to find goods anywhere from $100 USD to over $2 000 USD.
6. Serotonin Vintage
Serotonin Vintage provides the boost its name suggests. Based in London, they offer a true personal selection of 90s gems and Y2K heaven with one of a kind vintage. As per their website, they cater to the Sid and Nancy meets Cher Horowitz type of clientele.
With an extensive range of brands, each week they showcase their favourite picks on their site. They feature high-end rare pieces, as well as everyday collection clothing from big brands. At first glance, you could expect items to sound something like a Galliano duffel, Moschino doodle print or neon camo trousers, a Valentino denim PU Diamante Shoulder Bag, a velvet Versace top or a Pierre Cardin dress.
Other brands featured include Stella McCartney, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco, Moschino, Vivienne Westwood and more. Compared to the previously listed sellers, Serotonin Vintage is fairly priced depending on the item. Most everyday wear pieces of vintage clothing are around £60 and work their way up.
7. Na Nin Vintage & Elia Vintage
These two separate vintage sellers may not be purely luxury collectors, but they are too good not to mention. Both Na Nin and Elia Vintage collect actual retro and classic 70s-90s styles perfectly curated to taste. Featuring haute couture high-end clothing, they give everyday vintage and dressing up looks.
Na Nin Vintage styles and sells vintage blazers, retro trouser pants, chunky belts, blouses and sweaters. Elia Vintage finds are similar with skirt and blazer sets, coloured high-waisted pants, stunning dresses and beautiful blouses. From time to time it features pieces from the likes of Donna Karan, Escada, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and more.
Both brands are also better priced if you can’t justify the big designer luxury costs. They create the classic vintage aesthetic with unique picks you’d likely spot in a 90s flick. And with the feel of clothing you’d stumble upon in an inconspicuous California thrift store, both sellers individually source based on look rather than solely brand. One would spend around $50 USD to $100 USD on average for an item.
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