Second-hand Chic

by Danilo Brunetti

As a consequence of the economic crises that have plagued world economies in recent years, there’s been a decided uptick in interest in second-hand luxury items. New “luxury used” boutiques have popped up to meet this need, and as a result, the dream of owning an exclusive item by designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Hermès, Gucci, Fendi, or Dior is now within reach. Keep in mind, these pieces have nothing to do with the run-of-the-mill used products you can ea- sily nd at a typical second-hand shop or ea market. We’re talking about veritable luxury boutiques that o er prestigious labels in conditions (and often at prices) that are not so far from the original.

Here’s our list of Rome’s best luxury used boutiques, where you can stock up on all the designer threads you can t in your suitcase, guaranteed to be original and in impeccable condition.

This luxury vintage boutique specializes in designer clothing and accessories that are no more than three seasons old, often worn in fashion shows or on TV. Among the most exclusive brands in the collection are Céline, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Givenchy, and Hermès. Their philosophy? “Understanding that a purse can have more than one life, that luxury can also be eco-friendly.”

Via Lombardia, 38c. Tel 0642020265. Via Vittoria, 27. Tel 066793646.

Revolution Vintage
Revolution Vintage focuses exclusively on bags and other luxury accessories, all rigorously original, barely used, and in excellent condition. The available labels, offered at attractive prices, include Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Miu Miu, Prada, Chanel, Hermès, Burberry, and more. Bonus: new arrivals are occasionally unused items.
Via della Scrofa, 69. Tel 06164162880.

Vendome Luxury Bags
This boutique was born from a passion for fashion and luxury adornments. A sta of industry experts meticulously selects only the nest designer handbags to be put on display in the showroom, and helps you pick out the perfect one to comple- ment your style. Some of the in-demand brands on o er are Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Versace, Hermès, Miu Miu, and Valentino. Via IV Novembre, 151. Tel 0683658483.

This elegant boutique is dedicated to high fashion and the cul- ture of luxury vintage. The showroom displays bags and other accessories, carefully selected (and, if necessary, restored) by specialists who also guarantee their authenticity by issuing a special certi cate. The timeless luxury icons also include vinta- ge rarities and collectibles by Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès, all in excellent condition.

Via della Lupa, 5. Tel 0669364682.

Dress Agency
If you are addicted to shopping but don’t have the pockets
of Beyoncé, this is the place for you. It’s a true luxury consign- ment shop, one of the rst of its kind in the city. They sell hard- to- nd used items, such as the mythical Kelly bag by Hermès and many other desirable pieces, never more than three to four years old and always in perfect condition. Find the likes of Jimmy Choo, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, and Hermès, as well as unique vintage pieces.

Via Giovanni Antonio Piana, 5a (Parioli). Tel 068080522.