Gucci boots and Stella McCartney handbag available at Covetique
Imagine if Net-a-Porter and eBay got together and gave birth to a site that sells high-quality, pre-loved designer fashion and you have Covetique, a new place to hunt for designer treasure at a fraction of the price.
Founded by ex-City venture capitalist Nicola McClafferty, Covetique is home to premium condition Choos, Zanottis, Louboutins, Prada handbags, Chloe dresses, Balenciaga shifts, Phillip Lim coats and lots more - often unworn. Most of its sellers are Net-a-Porter shoppers and about a third of merchandise still has the tags on. In fact, at the site's launch party at Morton's in Mayfair, we spied a pair of sliver Giuseppi Zanotti pumps whose leather soles were as flawless as they day they were sold and an Hervé Léger dress that had never had a body in it.
After ten weddings over the course of one summer, McClafferty realised that she was spending all her money on dresses that she would probably only ever wear once. Not having the time to eBay her clothes ("back and forth to the post office - no"), she conceived of a service that makes selling designer clothes irresistibly easy. Covetique will collect all of your items from your home or office before verifying their authenticity (the site has an expert eye in its employ), photographing them, and posting them on the site. Too easy. The site takes a 37.5% commission but, in our opinion, it's worth it to avoid the logistical tedium of selling things yourself.