2016 Trends Consigning
2016 Trends Consigning

How to Upgrade to the Latest Trends by Consigning

Words by Jody Hume | 4.22.16
The fashion cycle has always moved fast, and now it’s positively breakneck. With more and more designers turning to a buy-now-wear-now model, more emphasis than ever is placed on wearing the latest designs NOW. Having trouble keeping up? That’s where consignment comes in. Not only is it the best way to finance your new pieces, in the face of a constantly churning fashion cycle, it introduces sustainability into the model. Someone else gets to enjoy a beautifully crafted luxury piece, and you get to spend your earnings on the latest piece by Alessandro Michele, Demna Gvasalia or Nicolas Ghesquiere. It’s a win-win. So, while we love an iconic investment piece, sometimes it makes sense to trade it in and mix it up. To that end, we rounded up classic pieces that are known for retaining their resale value. They’re a great way to earn consignment money fast (quick enough even to snap up the latest trends). See which coveted pieces you can get with your earnings.

1. Consign: A Rolex — Your Commission $3,177

Rolex ConsigningRolex Oyster Perpetual Lady President Watch, $5,295


Buy: An Hermès Apple Watch — $1,075 On The RealReal

2016 Trends Consigning

If the original Apple Watch wasn’t stylish enough to inspire you to trade in your classic bracelet watch, the tech company’s collab with the legendary French arbiter of luxury might do the trick. With all the features of a smart watch plus a chic leather strap from one of the world’s most renowned heritage leather goods companies, it’s the best of both worlds (and you’ll have consignment earnings to spare).

2. Consign: An Hermès Birkin — Your Commission $5,400

Hermès Birkin ConsigningHermès Birkin 40, $9,000


Buy: An LV Twist — $2,850 On The RealReal2016 Trends Consigning

The Hermès Birkin may always be in style, but with the Louis Vuitton Twist, the future is now. Designed by LV Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière, it encapsulates his sleek, forward looking, architectural aesthetic and is quickly becoming a classic, offered in everything from neutral colorways to eye-catching seasonally embellished versions.

3. Consign: A Chanel Bag Maxi Single Flap — Your Commission $2,310

Chanel Flap Bag ConsigningChanel Classic Maxi Single Flap Bag, $3,850


Buy: A Gucci Dionysus — $1,995 On The RealReal

2016 Trends Consigning

Along with a few other buzzy, new-on-the-scene designers, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is arguably changing the face of fashion, and the urge among insiders to own a piece from one of his recent collections is undeniable. If you’re ready to mix up your wardrobe and trade out one of your classic pieces for a personality-injected, geek chic piece by the Italian designer, we recommend making the move from Flap Bag to full-on Dionysus. From bees to flora to lightning bolts to snakes, the choice of embellishment is yours.

4. Consign: Valentino Rockstud Pumps — Your Commission $537

Valentino Rockstud ConsigningValentino Rockstud Pumps, $895


Buy: Gucci Slide Sandals — $475 On The RealReal

2016 Trends Consigning

With summer on the horizon, it’s a perfect time to consider swapping out office-ready pumps for something a bit more relaxed. Make like the editors sitting front row at Gucci and slip into the house’s sleek, ‘70s-inspired crossover slides.
Honoring heritage brands and extending the lifecycle of luxury items.