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Raid the Top Closets in Paris

Meet the company that’s helping the world revamp its wardrobes

In the relatively short lifespan of online shopping, seasoned disciples of fashion have too often found themselves in undisciplined territory. Questions of authenticity run rampant, and exclusivity grows increasingly elusive as any hidden gems you may discover are guaranteed to show up on someone’s “insider” shopping guide within days. And yet, certain style sensibilities remain ever aspirational—say, how to dress like a true Parisian. Now, the founders of Vestiaire Collective, the French pre-owned-luxury fashion site, are doing their best to make that aspiration a global reality.

Launched in 2009, Vestiaire took its time building a strong local identity into its company culture before expanding to the U.K. in 2012, Germany and the U.S. in 2014 and Italy in 2015, with new sites launching soon in Spain and the Nordic countries. Currently serving New Yorkers out of an office in Manhattan, Vestiaire is providing haute-fashion enthusiasts stateside with an unremitting stream of Louboutin heels, Chanel 2.55 handbags and much-hunted fashion finds, like the rare Himalayan Birkin the company sold for $125,000. “We authenticate each and every product before it reaches the buyer,” says Samina Virk, the U.S. country manager. “The U.S. site really is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind items from some of the best closets in Europe.”