5 classic luxury accessories to look out for as pre-loved

Fashion might be an ever-evolving realm, but in recent years it has rapidly shifted towards the grand question – how can we nudge the industry and the shoppers towards sustainability? One of the great ways to make more sustainable choices as a shopper is – if you choose to buy, invest in timelessness and durability. And that doesn't mean buying new – timelessness is carried in many pre-loved items!

A cashmere scarf

If you are one of these people who pays attention to what your knits are made of, then you are like me. You always check the content of a knit! And if you don't, I highly recommend for you to start doing so. When cashmere is included in a product, it will be silky smooth like nothing else! Cashmere is a luxurious and soft natural fiber made from the fine undercoat hair of cashmere goats. And it's known for its exceptional softness, warmth, and lightness.

A secondhand cashmere scarf might not be the first idea one has - it is a classic item and you might be tempted to buy one as new. But one can be surprised how many of them are circling around in the secondhand market. Many of them truly in a very good quality. When sourcing your cashmere scarf secondhand, you'll also see straight away what the fabric looks like after some wear. If it's neat, it'll probably stay that way. And well, there is always the added benefit of getting it for a really good price

Cashmere Dior scarf
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The Bottega Veneta Intrecciato handbag

How many distinct ways of handling leather can you think of when it comes to handbags? Intervening leather strips is probably one that we've all seen! But did you know who made it famous as a signature piece? That would be Bottega Veneta.

The Intrecciato handbags come in different shapes and sizes and are popular handbags to look out for when shopping collector handbags. It is the classic and recognizable style of the brand. The bag's leather is always meticulously woven into a distinctive pattern, creating a timeless and elegant look. As the brand is known for its craftsmanship and attention to detail, as well as using high-quality materials in the production of their bags, these leather bags age gracefully.

If you're looking for ways to style your Intrecciato handbag, it is time to travel back to 2001 and rewatch Legally Blonde, where Elle Woods (portrayed by Reese Witherspoon) carries one in her all-pink outfit!

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The Versace Biggie sunglasses

Designer sunglasses are, in general, a great item to source secondhand. Many of the superb cool styles are from previous years anyway!

Versace Biggie sunglasses are one of these styles. This notorious style was made popular by the rapper the Notorious BIG in his release of Hypnotize in 1997. An absolute gem of a song, by the way! They were off the market for a while, but Versace bought them back in 2018 for a relaunch. The great news is that many of these sunglasses can now be found pre-loved! Although the classic style comes in black with a golden Medusa on the sides, you can find them in a variety of sizes and colors!

Versace Biggie sunglasses
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The Gucci Belt

You can't really get anything more iconic than the Gucci belt with the double-G logo. Gucci's first-ever belt was made in 1964, an era that kicked off the logomania in fashion. While wearing big logos is not everyone's cup of tea, the double-G symbol is a much more subtle way of wearing a branded piece. And it is a classic. Since quite a bit of time has passed from 1964, these belts are worth chasing pre-loved. Of course, many of them also from recent years. Although the iconic double-G logo belt is often seen as a status symbol for many, the sleek design and high-quality materials used in these belts contribute to their popularity.

A high-waisted jean and a leather belt, paired with a white shirt, is a very classic styling after all. So, if you need a belt anyway, might as well find an iconic one pre-loved

Gucci belt

The Dior saddle bag

The Dior saddle bag is another iconic bag and one for any designer bag collector. What's especially great about this bag – it is really versatile to wear. It can easily be paired with both, casual or formal attire, and it will effortlessly elevate the look!

Currently, the revival of '90s fashion trends has especially brought the Dior Saddle Bag back into the spotlight, appealing to those seeking a nostalgic yet contemporary accessory. Of course, the craftsmanship and quality associated with the Dior brand contribute to its desirability, making it a coveted piece in the world of fashion.

So there you go, this is the list of ideas to get you started with investing in timeless luxury pre-loved accessories. What is especially exciting about pre-loved icon items is that many of them carry stories from the past. At the same time, they fit perfectly into modern society. Whether you are only starting on your secondhand journey or you are already a professional, I hope I've inspired you to look deeper into the opportunities of making more mindful choices.

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Dior saddle bag
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This blog post is made in collaboration with - Mirjam Kristian founder of Way things form

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Matilde Stadager Luxury bag expert and writer

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Matilde Stadager - Luxury Bag Expert & Writer 

Matilde Stadager is an expert in the world of high-end and fashion bags. With a great sense of the current trends, she has been a shopping advisor for clients of Collectors Cage for years. Her many years of experience includes doing authentication of products & sourcing designer bags. Matilde knows a lot about the history of the different fashion houses, and bag models. In her writings she shares all her experience with the readers.

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