Balenciaga enters the second hand market

Balenciaga is partnering with resale platform Reflaunt to offer a second-hand service for its products.

 

With a constant demand for Balenciaga products on the second-hand market, the house decided to offer this service itself.

 

The Kering Group brand has therefore decided to partner with Reflaunt, a white label online resale site. The partnership will offer customers a complete service. Products can be dropped off at participating Balenciaga stores, from where they will be sent to be authenticated and appraised before being photographed and listed and sold online.

 

This isn’t the first time Demna Gvasalia, the brand’s creative director, has shown interest in circularity. In fact, Balenciaga’s spring-summer 2021 collection was almost entirely made from repurposed or certified sustainable pieces.

 

Yet luxury players were initially wary of online second-hand platforms, fearing they would cannibalize sales and encourage counterfeits. But the rapid growth of the second-hand market and the durability associated with it, quickly changed ideas. Balenciaga is following in the footsteps of Gucci, which unveiled its Vault platform last year.

 

Second-hand luxury in China

 

Zhu Tainiqi, founder of the Shanghai-based second-hand luxury goods marketplace ZZER, notes that the number of consignors on his platform has increased by 40% and now has 12 million members.

 

“More and more people are now aware that they can sell luxury goods for a little bit of money, while buyers are noticing that they can get a good deal,” he says.

 

The trend indicates a significant shift in China’s $74 billion luxury sector, where the pre-owned luxury sub-segment has been slow to take off.

 

“China’s interest can really shake things up for some brands to think about how they’re going to handle this (resale) market and what role they’re going to play in the whole process,” comments Iris Chan, partner and head of client development at consulting firm Digital Luxury Group.

 

China’s pre-owned luxury market is expected to reach $30 billion by 2025, up from $8 billion in 2020, according to consulting firm iResearch.

 

 

Read also > Balenciaga chooses Kim Kardashian as ambassador for the fight for the climate

 

Featured photo : © Balenciaga

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Hélène Cougot
Hélène Cougot
Passionate about art and fashion, Hélène went to a fashion design school: the Atelier Chardon-Savard. She then completed her training with an MBA in Marketing at ISG. She has written for the magazine Do it in Paris and specializes in writing articles about luxury, art and fashion for Luxus +.

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