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We narrow down some of the best online retailers for you to shop vintage luxury goods with just a click of the mouse

There’s something about classic vintage items that make them irresistible. It’s easy to stroll into any luxury boutique in a mall and snap up items from the latest season. But it’s no walk in the park to source out treasured gems that were once loved—and thankfully preserved—by the well-dressed from generations back.

1. Vintage Qoo Tokyo

With physical stores in both Japan and Hong Kong on top of having an online presence, Vintage Qoo Tokyo is a vintage haven and a must-visit for those looking to expand their own collection.

Their items are known to be kept in excellent condition and if you happen to drop by their Omotesando store, the retail assistants won’t hesitate on giving advice catered to your needs. You can also just drop the friendly peeps an email or slide into their DMs on Instagram if there’s a particular item you’re interested in.

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The Hong Kong store might be geographically nearer to us, but the variety of items there can’t be compared to what’s on display in their Omotesando outlet or even what’s available online. It’s a good thing the Omotesando location has moved from its initial spot that was only a small room with an unmarked door on the second floor of a nondescript building to a brightly-lit space that’s not too far away and more shopping-friendly.

2. The Fifth Collection

Who says Singapore sorely lacks a consignment channel for fans of all things luxury and vintage? The Fifth Collection carries rare gems such as vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, floral velvet bags by Kenzo and even waist pouches from different luxury labels that have since made a comeback. For those based overseas, the site ships internationally for free. And let’s be honest, how convenient is it to trawl through a site with prices in our local currency? You’re welcome.

3. Farfetch

If you didn't already know, this online luxury e-tailer is not just for those interested in what’s new and trending in the fashion world. It also houses plenty of pre-loved items from a plethora of brands. Always wanted a pair of vintage Alaïa boots? Chances are, Farfetch has got a pair (or two) for you to check out immediately. One of the best things about the site is that they have categorised their pre-loved items neatly into several sections such as jackets, watches, suits and more.

4. Amore Vintage Japan

Imagine searching high and low for a very specific bag in mind and having no such luck in Singapore but finding the exact item you want on this site. A Chanel square mini with gold hardware, to be exact. This happened to a local customer who later saw how the Japan-based online store went above and beyond to make the ordering process as seamless as possible, along with constant updates via e-mail.

5. Luxury Garage Sale

Expect to spend hours on end browsing through this website that just seems to have it all. Louis Vuitton Speedy tote from the iconic Takashi Murakami collaboration? Check. Christian Dior Saddle bag from John Galliano’s tenure? Check. Luckily for us in Singapore, they ship internationally at a flat rate of US$45.

6. LePrix

If you’re lusting for a vintage Hermès Constance crossbody or even a clutch that’s in excellent condition, then this US-based online store is the one for you. The site also provides a helpful condition guide that gives customers an idea of what to expect when they purchase the item they’re interested in. For example, a pair of shoes that is labelled as “Well Worn” on the site would mean that they would bear noticeable signs of wear and tear. They also ship to Singapore, at a flat rate of US$65.

7. Vestiaire Collective

For those who like the idea of acquiring vintage items from savvy members of the global fashion community, head over to Vestiaire Collective. The online site also indicates where each listed item is from. From the Netherlands to the Czech Republic, their vintage selection is vast so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice.

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