Luxury handbag resale firm Rebag — which is in the process of merging its two platforms Rebagg and Trendlee into one entity — has opened a pop-up in SoHo.The store, at 390 West Broadway, also features a bag bar where sellers can head for an instant quote and authentication of their bag. Bags bought by the company on the spot will become available for resale within 24 hours, following the usual cleaning and processing requirements that include photos so the item can be placed on the shelf and be available for purchase online. Sellers who aren’t in the neighborhood can use the firm’s app for an instant quote, subject to authentication approval upon receipt of the bag by Rebag.According to Charles Gorra, founder and chief executive officer of the company, Rebag is currently the only luxury reseller via the bag bar that will provide sellers with instant authentication and quote for their bags.Gorra said, “From a customer perspective, the bag is the ‘holy grail.’ When you look at their closets, people are thinking high and low. There’s the simple shoes and dress. The statement piece most often is the handbag.”The company’s inventory at the SoHo pop-up includes bags from over 50 luxury brands such as Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Gucci and Hermès. Also available will be a small group of luxury bags that are limited-edition collaborations with artists. The bags were previously owned and then acquired by Rebag, and the collaborations — via Rebag’s artist partnerships — provide a bit of customization to its bag offerings, according to Gorra. One example is artist Kendra Thomas, a Portland-based sneaker artist who collaborated with Rebag on a limited-edition “rose” on an original Mansur Gavriel bag. [caption id="attachment_11040452" align="alignnone" width="376"] The Rose Mansur Gavriel artist collaboration.[/caption] Gorra once worked for Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst. That was followed by stints at private equity firm TPG and at Rent the Runway. It was during his time at Rent the Runway in 2012 that Gorra got the idea to target the luxury handbag resale market.The original concept was Rebagg. “Rebagg was about the bag you own that we can purchase from you. We also have Trendlee, the other side of the business. Trendlee was about us having these bags that you can buy from us. We talked to each side of the business in different platforms. Now we’re merging the two platforms into one group,” Gorra said. The company was renamed Rebag and completion of the merger of the two platforms is expected in early 2018. Rebag also now has a mobile app for users.The company this summer raised $15.5 million in a Series B round, bringing the aggregate raise to $28 million.There have been a number of luxury resale sites on the rise. They include: TrueFacet, focused mostly on high-end watches; 1st Dibs, the luxury marketplace that includes art and furniture, and The RealReal, which is focused on women’s apparel and accessories. According to Gorra, the luxury resale market is one of the largest, growing consumer segments today. [caption id="attachment_11040458" align="alignnone" width="393"] The Hermés Birkin rainbow wall inside the Rebag SoHo pop-up.[/caption]
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast