Part 1: The True Cost of Vintage
January 15, 2019
NOTE: I had originally published this post 4/1/2017 in the TCP blog but with some website changes wasn’t able to transfer over all the previous content. This series though is a good one tho & answers a lot of questions I always get.
What is vintage clothing?
Vintage clothing has been a misunderstood and mysterious space in the world of fashion. What does "vintage" even mean? Where does it even come from? Why does it cost so much?
I hope to demystify all these questions through a 3 part blog series over the next few days:
Part 1: The Meaning of Vintage
Part 2: Where does Vintage come from?
Part 3: The True Cost of Vintage
I hope to bring transparency to an industry that really is the future. Vintage and secondhand will be more and more relevant in the years to come. The planet can only sustain so long to support our consumer needs so I'm excited to share more about it in hopes you'll start supporting it.
So here we go with a simple read. Part 1...
What does it even mean?
The term vintage is used to describe anything 20 years or older, but it has also been loosely used to describe "qualities" of an item.
As each year passes, another year is opened up with items to be considered "vintage." It is constantly evolving which is funny to think about since as consumers we always seek the new styles, which is why we buy new clothing. But actually, you can always find new styles or pieces with vintage as it technically changes each year.
You'll see many items replicating "vintage" clothing with "vintage" in its description, but it's still essentially new. It can get confusing at times when it comes to what you're actually buying. Our advice? Sniff out this deception and just go with buying the real deal.
The interesting thing is that in fashion, we're now at a point where trends are just recycled over the years. Many styles and trends aren't really 100% original anymore. If anything its the production and materials that are still evolving. An example being using recycled bottles to make synthetic fabrics. But if you study the history of fashion, you'll see that many designers take inspiration from the past and the same trends find themselves coming up again and again.
In the end, vintage clothing is more relevant than everyone really thinks. Someone could be wearing something new and someone wearing something vintage and they could both look the same.
Secondhand vs. Vintage
Now the difference between secondhand and vintage?
Some vintage items were dead stock or essentially never used so it doesn't quite fit into the secondhand category but in my opinion it falls under the saying, "same same but different." It was already produced a while back and is still being kept out of landfills so that's really the goal.
The majority of vintage clothing is truly the definition of secondhand. Secondhand is used to describe something that has been used by someone else and has the potential to be reused & recycled, which is what we're all about.
We hope you found this pretty straightforward. We felt like it was a nice way to ease into the rest of the series.
Check out Part 2 and Part 3 here!