“There’s something inspiring about [vintage pieces]; someone wore it before, someone bought it for a reason,” waxes Julia Banas—model, environmentalist, and vintage enthusiast—in a recent sit-down with COOLS. I had never considered the simple sentiment, but holy hell, how true! As a self-proclaimed lover of secondhand, I know a thing or two about adoring a garment but rarely consider its past life. Maybe I’m under the influence of St. Valentine’s spell or just really hankering for some old Céline, but there’s something about shopping for pre-loved pieces that feels like rekindling the romance with an old flame.
We’ve made it easy and scoured the internet for a strict edit of pre-owned pieces that unlike a romantic relationship, will last the test of time. Time to get shopping—no speed-date necessary.