Designer clothes at a snip of the price at Chic&Seek
“What? So few?” I interjected ‘Surely at the bare minimum, any girl of notable style worth should have one for night and day?”
“Well I’ve told Mark I want a minimum of five, one for each day of the week.”
Such was the high-brow conversation that my girlfriends and I had last week over dinner. The subject of course, was how many designer handbags should a girl have in her wardrobe? *Cue snorts of derision from male readers*
For me, investing in a good handbag has always been as much about the adrenalin buzz you get when you know you shouldn’t really be spending so much on one item, as it is about the bag itself. You’d think that after spending a month’s rent on one bag, you’d be satisfied. Alas, as any bag addict will tell you, sadly this is seldom the case. It’s like learning to ski; you master the green slopes, so throw yourself down the blue, before hankering to try the red, as you size up the black. Unfortunately it’s this infectious rousing of hysteria that keeps us ladies spending.
Well ladies take note and check out Chic&Seek which trades in excellent quality, second-hand designer clobber.
The shops of Notting Hill’s Portobello Road had always trounced this market previously but with its easy to navigate stock and online shop, Chic&Seek – which opened in 2009- means you can avoid the obligatory elbow bashing as bargain hunters paw over rails and racks of heaped clothes and accessories. What’s more shoppers can try before they buy at Chic&Seek’s beautiful showroom, housed at founder Tara Nash-King’s mews home in west London.
For those looking to make a quick buck, the site offers a re-sale service on well conditioned second-hand items. Currently up for grab stock includes bags, clothes, shoes and accessories from designers including Alexander McQueen, Hermes, Dior and Anya Hindmarch, to name but a few.
My first purchase at Chic&Seek was a stunning pair of cream Giuseppe Zanotti heels. The shoes were in near perfect condition making their bargainous price of £125 a steal. Having recently visited the 20 years of Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design Museum, I’m currently glued to the shoe page in the hope of snapping up the next pair of Louboutin court shoes (in a size 37 in case you’re asking).
So there you have it. Whether you’re looking to snap up a bargain, or make some cash to invest in a new piece, Chic&Seek is for you.
I can’t promise that the site will help break the infectious cycle of handbag accumulation but I can promise you a bargain (or three).
Don’t all rush at once.