By CODO Fashion Experts
Pictured: Our Co-Founder, Yulia O, wearing a beautiful example of one of our Refashioned pieces; a grey curly lamb coat turned into a contemporary sensation.
Did you know that creating one pair of jeans and one t-shirt uses as much as 20,000 liters of water? That’s how much one person drinks over 27 years! Now think how much water and other resources are used to create one leather handbag; from sustaining the cow for years, to the water used in creating and treating the leather. You may think your fashion habits are no big deal, but when you combine the world’s fast-fashion addiction, nearly 11 million clothing items end up in landfills every week. Due to its constant growth and high demand, fashion is one of the world’s top polluting industries, especially with today’s pressures of social media consumption and the content of fast fashion outfit-swapping influencers.
Sure, there are “sustainable” clothing brands, some of which claim to use recycled materials or eco-friendly packaging, but the truth is that any output of new clothing requires major input of our environment’s resources. So how do you satisfy your craving for new fashion without contributing to the industry trends that are so devastating to our environment?
The answer is designer resale! Instead of buying several fast-fashion pieces for your outfit-of-the-day (most of which are bound to end up in a landfill), consider buying a pre-loved, authenticated luxury designer piece. Why? You’re buying something made with high quality that will last you years, even decades if cared for properly. Remember, even keeping a clothing item for just 9 months decreases its carbon footprint by 3 percent, and reduces extra water usage by 4%, according to WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). Imagine the impact you can have by keeping, using and loving a quality designer handbag or garment for years to come? That is why we created the CODObag, so that you can preserve the integrity of your handbag and give it a long, sustainable life. Shopping sustainable luxury resale is a rare win-win that is kinder on your wallet and the planet; the benefits are real and they work!
Pictured: Left: two examples of how CODO custom Refashions denim jackets for our clients. They are handpainted in-house by our artist and washable!
Pictured: Right: two examples of how CODO refashions old pieces into something fabulous by using high quality leftover furs
There are many other ways for you to make eco-friendly fashion choices. It’s 2019, and reusing accessories or other parts of today’s outfit in tomorrow’s outfit is a growing eco-fashion trend! Some handbags, jackets and other accessories are versatile and can be styled in many ways, so don’t be afraid to get creative! That Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote or Chanel flap can be dressed down to your leggings for Sunday coffee and back up to your pantsuit for Monday’s meeting.
Another way to fight fast fashion is refashioning your existing wardrobe. You may have had a fur coat from another generation passed down to you, but find that big, bulky fur coats are out of style. CODO’s fashion experts are known to turn the old into contemporary sensations; you can continue to wear your fur, denim or even cashmere while knowing you made the environmentally conscious decision by refashioning it. Our goal is to extend the lifespan of the garment, which reduces its carbon footprint and water waste (remember how much water is wasted on one t-shirt) while keeping you looking as trendy and fashionable as ever.
By CODO Fashion Experts
Left: Hermes 30 Birkin Handbag in Taupe Togo Leather With Palladium Hardware; Right: Hermes 35 Kelly Sellier Bag in Red Box Leather With Gold Hardware.
They’re jaw dropping, awe-inspiring and undeniably luxurious. Their names are synonymous with some of the most greatest style icons to ever live. They are the Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags, and they are actually some of the best investments you could ever make—if you can get your hands on one.
A golden rule of investment is to invest your money into something of low supply but high demand—anything is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. Investors also typically choose either of two investment strategies: highly volatile markets, which carry the possibility of greater payout, or low risk markets, which can relatively safely garner lesser payouts. The truth is that none of this applies to Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags. They’re incredibly rare, extremely highly sought after, yet have proven to consistently rise in value.
Not even traditional investments, such as gold, silver, real estate or the stock market have as stellar of a record as these Hermes bags. In fact, a 2017 study released by Baghunter shows that over the last 35 years, accounting for inflation, Hermes Birkins have increased in value by 500%. That’s an annual return of 14%—greatly outperforming any gold, real estate and S&P500 stocks. Estimates based on this trend suggest that Birkins and Kellys will only continue to grow in value in the future, by an increase of eight to ten times their worth in today’s market. This does not mean that every Hermes bag you come across will increase in value the same way; there are many considerations to take into account when measuring a Birkin or Kelly’s value.
Left: Hermes Togo Leather Up Close; Right: Hermes 35 Birkin in Rare Matte Graphite Porosus Crocodile With Palladium Hardware, Wearing its Dust Cover.
The first and foremost factor in determining the bag’s valueis the material or skin used in the bag’s construction. Traditional materials,such as togo leather are well received by most Birkin and Kelly customers, soits generally a safe bet for long term investors, especially in classic colorssuch as black and etoupe. However, when it comes to exotic skins the luxuryresale market value greatly increases because of the strict ethical limitationsand other difficulties in sourcing the leather. Alligator and Crocodile skinstake several years, even decades to reach maturity, and the quality standardsHermes has for their bags is so high that sourcing the ideal skin is likefinding a needle in a haystack. These exotic bags, especially in the highlysought after matte crocodile finish, can fetch staggering amounts at auctionand on the luxury resale market. And with some luxury fashion houses likeChanel discontinuing their exoticskin handbags, nobody knows just how rare exotic skin handbags will get.
Pictured: our red Kelly out on a coffee date, dressed up in our CODO tie twilly. These bags are not just investment pieces, but also companions!
Due to the bags’ scarcity, one cannot just walk into an Hermes store and request a Birkin or Kelly. The days of lengthy waiting lists are long gone, and for anyone who isn’t Victoria Beckham or Kim Kardashian, acquiring one of these bags new from Hermes can be a monumental challenge. Luckily, the luxury resale market can provide what fashion investors are looking for. The best way to invest in an Hermes Birkin or Kelly is to buy pre-owned from an authenticated luxury resale company such as CODO, as the majority of online auction Birkin and Kelly sales are estimated to be 90% counterfeit fakes. If you are buying as an investment, it is a good idea to preserve the handbag’s condition by keeping it out of the elements; using a twilly to protect the handles; storing it inside of Hermes’ anti-acidic paper and box; using our specialized bag insert and keeping all original paperwork especially the CITES exotic skin certificate. If investing in these beautiful, luxurious and appreciating assets appeals to you, check out our collection of Hermes handbags here.
By CODO Fashion Experts
Pictured: Detail of Hermes silk scarf "Cliquetis", featuring elegant armory and swords in gold hues.
The Hermes scarf is an icon of luxury fashion and is a must-have for any wardrobe. While they are made from incredibly high quality silk, the Hermes scarf’s specialty is its flexibility. It can be dressed up or down, worn around the neck, over your hair or even on your designer handbag. Keep reading below to learn more about Hermes scarves, fashionable styling tips and how to care for them to make their quality last a lifetime.
You may already know that Hermes was founded in 1837 as a harness and saddle maker, which, unsurprisingly, is why the luxury house features equestrian details on so many of their handbags, garments and accessories. The first Hermes scarf—which based off of a woodblock print created by Robert Dumas (husband of Jacqueline Hermes)—was introduced in 1937. Hand-woven from Chinese silk and screen-printed, the first Hermes Scarf set the bar the luxury scarves’ quality and aesthetic appeal.
The Hermes scarf solidified its place in luxury fashion via some of its most profound and influential wearers, the likes of which include Queen Elizabeth II and style icons Audrey Hepburn and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. Today, the Hermes scarf is worn by both men and women, and adored by both younger and older wearers. Their handmade luxury quality—taking artisans several months to create—is unmatched, and their aesthetic prints, ranging from military and equestrian to floral and faunal are a fashion mainstay.
Pictured: Hermes silk scarf "Flamingo Party", celebrating a beautiful world of fauna and flora.
How to Wear and Accessorize Your Hermes Scarf:
There are literally hundreds of ways you could style your Hermes scarf as it’s applicable to almost any part of your body—even your bag (you can even tie it into a Maxi Sac and use it as a bag!) You can tie it into a super chic, open-back top or wear it like a pirate’s bandana. You can wear it around your neck as a tie, or as a long bandeau. A super rare and popular Hermes accessory is the rounded Chaine d’Ancre, or scarf ring, which you can use to style your Hermes scarf in even more ways. We think one of the best ways you can wear your scarf is with your favorite Hermes bag. Use it as a twilly to protect your Hermes Birkin or Kelly’s handles, or tie it so it hangs effortlessly to give your bag that extra flare. See pictures below to get an idea:
Left: Hermes red twilly scraf on Hermes 35 red Kelly bag. Right: Hermes silk scarf on Hermes 35 taupe Birkin bag.
How to Care for Your Hermes Scarf:
Hermes scarves are made with the utmost quality and care, so make sure yours stays looking brand new for years to come with the following tips. First and foremost, never get your Hermes scarf wet—protect it from rainy days and keep an eye on any exposed coffee cups! When you’re done styling your day away with your fabulous scarf, let it hang freely so it can ‘breathe’ and unfurl any wrinkles. Hermes provides the ideal storage conditions with the scarf’s original box, so fold it up and keep it out of sunlight to prevent fading. Be careful when using scarf rings: make sure they have smooth, round edges and definitely be wary of any brooches or pins that can puncture the silk. If cared for properly, your Hermes scarf will look brilliant for decades to come. They hold their value quite well on the luxury resale market if you keep them stain and tear-free; some limited edition scarves actually become assets as their price and demand increases. If you’re looking for the perfect accessory for any outfit or situation, you can browse our carefully selected collection of pre-owned Hermes here at up to 70% off retail.
By CODO Fashion Experts
Resale is on the rise: the $24 Billion market is expected to reach $51 Billion by 2023—that’s some 10 percent of the retail market. What do these astonishing numbers mean for the fashion world?
Pictured: co-founder of CODO, Inc, Yulia Omelich, in Greenwich, CT store.
Times and trends are changing. More and more women are choosing the resale market for their designer wardrobes. In fact, ThreadUp’s report on the resale market size shows some 68% of women have bought or are willing to buy from the second-hand market. Apparel, accessories and especially handbags are dominating the resale industry, as consumers are becoming more aware of its benefits. As a result of these trends, designer consignment stores that carry previously used luxury handbags, accessories and clothing are gaining popularity over typical retail and department stores.
Resale encompasses one of 2019’s biggest fashion trends. The term ‘sustainable fashion’ is all over the Internet and social media. As more awareness is raised about the effects of our outfits—specifically their manufacture and carbon footprint—on the environment, sustainability is no longer a bonus but now a prerequisite when women shop for their fashion. In fact, the fashion industry accounts for 10% of the global carbon footprint, while global aviation accounts for just 2%. To make matters worse, the industry has grown by 400% over the last two decades, with no end in sight so long as consumers continue to shop retail. ‘Eco-friendly’ fashion has existed for a number of years, but remains a rare and expensive feature, out of reach for most shoppers. This is where resale comes in, providing the perfect solution for an eco-friendly and responsible fashionista. Buying a pre-owned, high-quality designer handbag—an asset that can last you decades—rather than several cheaper bags is not only a sensible financial decision, but it also takes a stand against fast-fashion companies who churn out high volumes of lower-quality inventory with no regard for our environment. At the same time, giving a luxury handbag a second life reuses the resources involved in its production, meaning you get yourself a ‘new’ handbag with zero carbon footprint involved.
Value:The next advantage over retail: value. While it is true that some items are instantly more expensive on the second hand market than their MSRP, such as Hermes Birkins and other limited-production items, luxury fashion generally is more affordable once it leaves a retailer’s shelf. Luxury resale therefore provides consumers with name brand quality while allowing them to save money. Another added benefit is that luxury items and particularly handbags tend to appreciate over time, especially classic and iconic designs like Chanel flap bags, Birkins and Louis Vuitton tote bags. Your bag shouldn’t be just more than a bag, it can be an investment, an asset that you keep for years and sell at a higher price or pass down to your loved ones. Resale makes it all possible at less cost to you and our ecosystems.
Value aside, the luxury resale market has yet another huge advantage over retail. If you walk into a name brand store, you would only have available to you a finite range of pieces, which are usually determined by that year’s designer collection. With resale, you could find items from various collections, super rare vintage Hermes and Chanel handbags, haute couture and stylish accessories from years past. The vintage trend is becoming increasingly popular amongst younger women who respect a designer’s history and pay tribute to its heritage by wearing prior collections. There is also a certain thrill of the hunt that comes from finding that special vintage piece no one else has, and it’s a feeling that you can experience frequently while shopping consignment.Conclusion:
The benefits of luxury resale are real, numerous and significant with regard to preserving the environment, saving money and investing in quality products. The only real concerns a buyer can have with the resale market are authenticity and condition. However, as the secondhand trend continues to boom, professional resale companies provide the expertise and resources to authenticate their inventory. This inventory too is carefully curated and selectively handpicked. You can browse our collection of resale designer handbags and couture here. Got something you think deserves a second life? Check out our consignment page here.
By CODO Fashion Experts
Louis Vuitton is one of the oldest names in luxury fashion, yet to this day it maintains its spot in the “Big Three”, alongside fashion powerhouses Chanel and Hermès. Since its inception in 1854, Louis Vuitton has come a long way from making its quintessential high quality, incredibly durable and stylish luggage trunks. However, these qualities that brought the trunk maker to fame remain deeply rooted in today’s most popular and sought-after Louis Vuitton products: handbags. Here’s why we love them, and why you should too:
Quality: Meticulously handcrafted with immaculate attention to detail, Louis Vuitton bags set the bar for quality. From their leather quality to their monograms and stitches, every detail is exactly as it should be, and the bags just feel solid in the hand. The signature Damier print and leather/canvas combinations make Vuitton bags super attractive to the eye, too.
Louis Vuitton Trevi GM Tote in LV Damier Ebene Print
Louis Vuitton Piano Tote Bag in LV Monogram Canvas
Durability: Drawing upon its past trunk making experience, Louis Vuitton is able to provide the highest quality without sacrificing durability. In fact, Louis Vuitton makes some of the most durable handbags in the industry: their coated leather and canvas easily repel dirt and water, and are far more scratch and tear resistant than any other luxury brand’s materials. After all, LV’s canvas today is the same that was used on their trunks in the 1800s. What this means is that a Vuitton handbag can last you decades, if not your whole lifetime—and not by just sitting in a dust bag in your closet. You can carry it with you everywhere you go: wear it with confidence and toss it around without fear of damage and dirt.
Value: Louis Vuitton bags are instantly associated with luxury, and not just for the name brand. Their value stems from the company’s rich history, and also the quality and durability of the handbags themselves. Vuitton bags, therefor, are an investment: they rarely lose value, and because they keep their condition for ages to come they command high resale prices. Many would say Vuitton bags get better with age; some even prefer their Louis canvas aged with the slight patina, giving the bag even more character.
Buying a pre-loved Louis Vuitton bag is really the way to go. You get the quality, durability and value, all at a lower-than-retail price. However, beware of fakes! There are many imitation and ‘replica’ bags out there trying to copy Louis Vuitton’s luxurious essence. Ensure that the bag in question has an authenticity card or has been professionally authenticated before purchasing!