There’s something quite thrilling about buying high-end fashion pieces, for their promised quality and luxurious experience. However, recent events have instilled the importance of being frugal with our money where possible. Though I have known about rental services for occasion-wear clothing, as well as the concept of preloved luxury fashion, I had not made serious inroads into trying them myself.
With my birthday approaching, I turned to the Internet in search of a beautiful handbag to indulge myself. Each item I saw was exorbitantly priced, with heavy shipping tacked on. Then someone recommended ReTag — a luxury re-selling service that operates online. Founded by Namisha Gupta, a millennial with a degree in the Business of Fashion, this online shop for pre-loved luxury goods, immediately piqued my interest and led me to browse their ample catalogue.
If you are not convinced about investing in pre-loved luxury fashion, here are five reasons you should reconsider:
1. EASY ON THE POCKET
The lockdown has wreaked havoc on the economy and big spenders are now thinking twice before spending cash readily. You should not have to compromise on your desires simply because the price tag seems out of reach. Pre-loved luxury items are priced at a fraction of the cost of their brand-new counterparts. Retailers of preloved goods ensure the pieces are in the best possible condition, despite prior use. If you have been sitting on the fence about any one particular item because of its price, search for a pre-loved equivalent instead.
2. ECO-FRIENDLY AND SUSTAINABLE
Even if saving money is not your concern, saving the environment certainly should be. With overflowing landfills destroying our ecosystem, and the imminent onset of global warming, it is imperative to conserve and preserve nature’s gifts bestowed on us. By investing in a pre-loved item, you are stopping that item from being turned into unwanted garbage and reducing the severe ecological impacts of the fashion industry as a whole.
3. NO EXTRA SHIPPING OR TAX DUTIES
Malls and airports have been inaccessible since lockdown began, depriving customers of the joy of physically shopping for luxury items. Though international fashion houses have significant online presence, ordering from them involves excessively high taxes and shipping duties. Further, the time of arrival can’t be specified unless ordered from the limited stock that India currently has. Buying a pre-loved item will save you the hassle of paying these extra duties, and your purchase is likely to reach much faster and safer than if it were being sent from abroad.
4. A LARGE SELECTION OF BRANDS IN ONE PLACE
The best part of browsing through pre-loved luxury online is the fun of comparing different items from different brands. You have access to several collections and high-end brands in one place, which will save you time and energy while deciding what to buy. With more than 500 Indian and worldwide luxury brands to choose from, including Burberry, Balenciaga, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Dior, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Hermes, Fendi and Prada among others, you will be spoilt for choice!
5. OPPORTUNITY TO SELL YOUR PRE-LOVED ITEMS
In the race to keep up with the latest fashion trends, you end up amassing many unwanted items in your closet, overfilling your storage space at home. You may not wear them anymore because trends have changed and everyone in your social circle has already seen you wearing them. However, having paid a hefty price for these luxury items, you may be unwilling to part with them simply by throwing away. The easiest solution to this problem is to sell your luxury fashion items and invest in other pre-loved luxury items instead. Your wardrobe and attire will feel new, your closet space won’t be spilling over and your bank balance won’t suffer in the process. You may even be the envy of your entire social circle!
If your main concern regarding pre-loved luxury is that products may not be authentic, then it’s best to choose a trusted source such as ReTag, where each item comes with its own Authenticity Certificate.
Keeping the above reasons in mind, investing in pre-loved luxury is definitely the way forward to save our hard-earned money as well as our planet.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.
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DID YOU KNOW THALAPATHY VIJAY IS A BIG TIGER SHROFF FAN?
MUMBAI: Kollywood superstar Thalapathy Vijay, who celebrated his 47th birthday on 22 June, is a big Tiger Shroff fan. This was revealed a day before his birthday by when a few celebrities like Keerthy Suresh, Anirudh, and Malavika Mohanan gathered on Clubhouse to recall their fond memories with the superstar. During their chat, organised to celebrate Vijay’s birthday, Malavika revealed that Vijay is a big fan of Tiger.
The ‘Master’ actress revealed, “We had gone to watch the film together as a crew. During the intro scene of Tiger, Vijay got visibly excited and cheered for him shouting, ‘Thalaiva!’ Not many people get to see this fun side of him. He later mentioned to her that he likes the young actor.” Tiger’s father Jackie Shroff has shared screen space with Vijay in 2019’s blockbuster ‘Bigil’. He played a baddie in the film.
This is quite an interesting revelation about Vijay and we can’t wait to see him work with Tiger.
Meanwhile, Vijay will be seen in director Nelson Dilipkumar’s film titled ‘Beast’. Its first look and title were released recently. Keerthy Suresh, Dhanush and many other actors praised the first look of ‘Beast’ oozing style and swag.
The film also stars Pooja Hegde, Yogi Babu, Shine Tom Chacko, VTV Ganesh, and Aparna Das. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander and the film is backed by Sun Pictures.
‘FRIENDS’ STAR JAMES MICHAEL TYLER REVEALS CANCER FIGHT
WASHINGTON: James Michael Tyler, who starred as Gunther on ‘Friends’, shared that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer and he can no longer walk because of it.
According to Variety, during an interview with a news outlet, Tyler, who played Jennifer Aniston’s coffee shop manager Gunther on ‘Friends’, shared that he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in September 2018 after a routine physical. Tyler said, “I was 56 years old at the time, and they screen for PSA, which is a prostate-specific antigen. That came back at an extraordinarily high number. So, I knew immediately when I went online and I saw the results of my blood test and blood work that there was obviously something quite wrong there.
He further, nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said, “Hey, I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.’”
Tyler was recently seen on the HBO Max special ‘Friends: The Reunion’. While several other characters from the show stopped by to say hello to the core cast in person, Tyler appeared via video conference.
Talking about his experience, he said, “I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities. It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, you know? I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer’.” The actor is undergoing chemotherapy and is urging men to get early screenings to battle it.
PRIYANKA CELEBRATES NATIONAL SELFIE DAY
Priyanka Chopra shared her selfie on social media on the occasion of National Selfie Day. National Selfie Day is celebrated in America.
Sharing her selfie post, Priyanka wrote in the caption, ‘The only right way to celebrate #NationalSelfieDay’. Priyanka is seen wearing a white and blue colour top and teamed it up with sunglasses. She adjourned a cool yet elegant look with open hair and pink lipstick.
Priyanka has been in news related to Victoria’s Secret. Victoria’s Secret is all set to give opportunities to female athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs to promote women empowerment. Priyanka’s name was included in this list.
‘The White Tiger’ star was announced as one of the brand ambassadors of Victoria’s Secret. Sharing the news on social media Priyanka wrote, “Representation matters. It’s crucial for us to show everyone all over the world that they matter and are seen! As a founding partner of #TheVSCollective and advisor to the business, this is exactly what I intend to do. It’s been so incredible to see your reactions to yesterday’s announcement. It’s fuelled me further and I am excited to bring about meaningful change at one of the world’s most iconic brands. I’m so proud to be in the company of the Collective of incredible women that will helm this change.”
WHY KANGANA WANTS INDIA TO BE RENAMED BHARAT
MUMBAI: Kangana Ranaut recently took to social media to share why India should be renamed Bharat and what this word means.
Kangana wants India’s name to be changed to ‘Bharat’ . The ‘Thalaivi’ star, who has never shied away from expressing her views on various issues, has shared her take on social media regarding the name ‘India’ and claimed that it was given to our nation by Britishers. Further, in her note, she has explained why it should be changed back to Bharat. Kangana is back in Mumbai and currently gearing up for the second schedule of ‘Dhaakad’.
Taking to her Instagram stories, Kangana shared a screenshot of her post on the Koo app and wrote, “India can only rise if it’s rooted in its ancient spirituality and wisdom, that is the soul of our great civilisation. The world will look up to us and we will emerge as a world leader if we go higher in urban growth but not be a cheap copy of the western world and remain deeply rooted in Vedas, Geeta, and Yoga, can we please change this slave name India back to Bharat.” With this post, she shared photos of women during old times.
Kangana shared another post explaining the meaning of Bharat and claimed that it is made up of three Sanskrit words,“British gave us slave name India which literally means east of Indus River. Really would you call a child small nose or second-born or worse C section? What kind of a name is this? So rudimentary. Let me tell you the meaning of Bharat. It’s made of three Sanskrit words BH (bhav), Ra (rag), ta (tal). Yes, that’s who we were before we were enslaved, the most culturally and aesthetically evolved civilisation. Every name has a vibration and the British knew this they not only gave new names to places but even to people and important monuments. We must regain our lost glory, let’s start with the name Bharat.”
CHITRANGDA CELEBRATES YOGA DAY IN PICTURESQUE KASHMIR
Actor Chitrangda Singh who is currently at Pahalgam in Jammu & Kashmir, shared a few pictures of hers doing yoga in the mountains. These pictures have a breath-taking view of the mountains in the background. June 21 is celebrated as ‘International Yoga Day’ every year. Several people have been posting their pictures and videos to celebrate this day.
What makes Chitrangda’s photos more adorable was the fact that she was interrupted by her dogs as she sat down in a yoga pose. On the work front, Chitrangda will soon be seen opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Red Chillies Entertainment, Sujoy Ghosh’s Production, crime-thriller Bob Biswas.
SCHWARZENEGGER REVEALS HIS CHILDREN ‘HATED’ HIS MOVE FROM FILM TO POLITICS
WASHINGTON: The Former Governor of California and Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger recently opened up about his family life behind the scenes of his governorship from 2003 to 2011.
Arnold said his four children weren’t happy with his transition from action movie star to the 38th governor of California. The Schwarzenegger family moved from Hollywood to Sacramento, where Arnold served for two terms.
“First of all, I think it is very important to let everyone know how much you kids hated my job. It was one of those kind of odd things where I just thought that: ‘Oh, my kids will be so proud of me being governor now. And all this stuff, but I don’t think that you guys really kind of connected with that. I think you were so used to what we were doing when I was on a movie set,” he said.
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