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Vintage Designer Pieces & Their Role in Circular Fashion

Vintage Designer Pieces &amp; Their Role in Circular Fashion

Circular fashion has a big role to play in sustainability, more so when the environment is already at stake. This concept has never been significant to consumers, but now that the industry is slowly moving towards a greener direction, some shopping habits will change for the better. Sustainability reports are also becoming more prevalent, urging brands and major clothing labels to take the leap.


In an article by MAKE.GOOD, “Circularity is a system that operates in a closed loop as opposed to a one-way or linear system.” In circular fashion, instead of throwing something that has “lost” its value, it gets fed back into the system through reselling or upcycling.


Stella McCartney once said, “It’s a new way of looking at the fashion industry. All industry needs to look at their impact on the planet. The reality is there are really exciting alternatives.” One of these alternatives is vintage shopping. Secondhand pieces are cool again, now more than ever. From clothes and accessories to furniture, many consignment stores offer excellent-quality products that are good as new. Additionally, this entire secondhand movement is changing our perspectives on shopping, giving us a sense of belongingness in the process.


Luckily for you, Stein Mart offers an easier way to shop for vintage designer items. We have bags and accessories from iconic brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, and more. Keep scrolling to see our favorite picks.


Totes and Handbags

The world of fashionable bags can be a bit of a rabbit hole, but one that we’d gladly jump into! When shopping for vintage bags, one of the things you should ask yourself is, “Will this be a bag that I’ll use every day or only for special occasions?” Do you carry a lot of items like books, laptops, and planners? These questions will help you narrow down your choices before you make the big purchase.


Whether your style is minimal or eclectic, our selection features various designs and silhouettes. A Chloé crossbody is perfect if your style is more youthful, while a Celine Luggage tote is ideal if you want something more timeless.


Care tip: Be cautious of the type of leather or material your bag is made from. To preserve the shape of your bag, use old newspapers or bubble wrap as stuffing when not in use.

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When we think about vintage designer jewelry, all the best labels come to mind—Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton. They evoke sophistication and world-class beauty like no other, which is why they make the best investment pieces for your wardrobe. If you’re looking into vintage pieces, a necklace or bracelet is a nice addition to your collection as you can use either for multiple occasions.


Care tip: Invest in the right cleaning products based on the metal or stone type of your jewelry. When removing dust, use only a soft brush or cloth to avoid scratching the material.

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Silk Scarves

Thanks to fashion icons like Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O., vintage scarves are more coveted than ever. They have made a massive resurgence in recent years, as seen on both runways and editorials, and we believe this trend is going anywhere anytime soon. We think it’s a good investment piece because of its sheer versatility as an accessory. Fashion it as a headband, neckerchief, bag charm, or even belt—the style options are endless.


Care tip: As much as possible, do not throw your silk scarf in the wash. Hand-wash only if needed.

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It’s time to move into a circular fashion universe

The road to sustainability starts with embracing secondhand treasures. You’re adding more value to your items than you know because it involves saving the environment slowly, but surely.


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