I am composing this post as a direct response to my OBSESSION with ReFashioner.com (and its blog by founder Kate Sekules) for my Social Media class. I have been DYING to do a post on this particular Web site and there just hasn’t been a good week to cover it in my postings for class. This week isn’t any more relevant, but fearing that the semester is nearing an end and I am running out of time, I have decided I’m just going to write about it, as I want to share the site with as many people as possible!!
Being a true collector of all things fashion-related (especially vintage), this site is like a dream for me, and here’s why:
“ReFashioner is a curated, invitation-only fashion swapping site. Here, the haute one-wear-wonders, also-rans and wrong sizes that clog the backs of the best closets are united with their true owners. After all, your mistake is another girl’s treasure. Our pieces are vetted for quality, and we’ve done away with the need to find the “other half” of a swap-trading isn’t tit-for-tat, but takes the form of actual shopping. Since we get attached to our clothes, Refashioners can tell their garments’ stories, customize their own space, link with others whose style they like, and generally obsess about designers, details and dressing. Questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for an invitation: email@example.com.”
Basically, this site allows me to pass along designer garments I am no longer stoked about to others by putting them up for “swapping” in my virtual closet. I can peruse other people’s closets and they can shop mine. Each garment is given a value, ReFashioner dollars, and you use that money to purchase other items you want on the site. Once you purchase an item you pay a small fee to ReFashioner and for shipping, usually totaling less than $20 each time. If someone purchases one of your items, the ReFashioner Team notifies you via email and sends along a pre-paid mailing label. Though it is an invitation-only site, you can shoot the ReFashioner Team an email with why you think your closet should be included on the site and they’ll let you apply for an invitation to join.
Below is a screen shot of their home page, to give you a sneak peek:
I have scored so many special things from this site, including an amazing vintage Donna Karan silk skirt for my Mom (for Christmas), several fantastic handbags for girlfriends as gifts, a gorgeous Moschino silk scarf, a sweet tulle and glass necklace, and a truly FABULOUS vintage winter coat that fits me perfectly.
I’m in L.O.V.E.