Who doesn’t love an amazing designer piece? Whether you prefer to purchase luxury goods online or in your favorite designer’s store — one thing is for sure. Designer pieces are high-quality pieces that will last a lifetime. Before you buy your newest Hermes bag, we’d love for you to consider celebrating the quality craftsmanship of luxury goods in a way that doesn’t harm our planet.
Forbes recently reported that fashion generates 4% of the world’s waste each year — that’s 92 million tons. Much of that number comes from off-cuts from the production process. Whether you buy new fashion products online or in-store, you’re contributing to the heaps of waste inserted into our environment every day.
Rachel Kibbe, a brand consultant for circularity and sustainability in fashion, told Insider the best way to shop while still actively caring for the environment: “The only true sustainable way to shop is to not shop at all. Unless you’re buying clothes that [already] exist.”
Essentially, choosing to purchase pre-owned luxury goods is the only way to shop sustainably.
Luxury in ‘luxury items’ certainly isn’t taken away when the product is preloved. Reusing luxury goods is great for the environment because you’re not contributing to the fashion industry’s incredible amounts of waste.
When you want to upgrade to a new item or revamp your style, you can engage in circular fashion by selling your luxury products to a store like Luxybit. Designer items are made with the best materials, so they hold their value — even when resold again and again. Circular fashion celebrates fabulous designer pieces while reducing the environmental impact of each piece.
Whether you’re looking for an authentic YSL bag or Cartier bracelet — choosing to purchase preowned luxury goods shows that you want to celebrate the incredible craftsmanship of luxury designers while still prioritizing the environment. Who said that fashion and the environment couldn’t get along?
Here’s the thing: a pre-owned Louis Vuitton is still a Louis Vuitton. You’re not giving up your distinct taste for luxury goods; your Chanel will still have its Chanel serial number. Luxury fashion has an exponential growth rate, so the Birkin or Lady Dior bag you’ve had your eye on for a few years will only continue to increase in price. Business of Fashion reports that the beloved Channel 2.55 bag went from $4,800 in the year 2000 — to a current market value of $7,600. When you purchase a masterfully crafted luxury handbag like the Gucci Marmont or the Chanel Caviar Flap bag, you’re investing in art that will continue to gain monetary value.
If you’re a designer bag lover — wait, who are we kidding? Who isn’t? We can make a positive difference globally by choosing to reuse luxury goods. We don’t need to give up our fabulous taste or love for designer handbags, we just need to be mindful of how we find them.
The planet, our wallets, and our closets will thank us when we make our next designer purchase from an authenticated luxury consignment store. If you want to find your next designer bag without contributing to the fashion industry’s production waste, check out our handbags here.