Resale is on the rise. Encouraged by the desperate need for more sustainable shopping habits and a growing interest in fashion archives, it’s no longer just the sneaker fans that are turning to consignment platforms like Grailed and Vestiaire Collective. Archive IG accounts like @prada.archive, @endyma, and @organiclab.zip are adding hundreds of followers by the day. Designer disciples hungry for a deeper connection to single pieces.
In light of the rightful rise of resale, we’ll be bringing you regular hauls of the best preowned pieces we found when searching the depths of the internet. Of course, there’s a wealth of labels to go digging for, but we’re starting with one of the greatest.
Shopping vintage Prada brings with it a rich and diverse library of nylon, biker-ready leather, loud graphic works, fine details, and timeless cuts. The most impressive thing about the Italian fashion house’s pieces from the past, though, is that most of them are still entirely relevant today.
While a great deal of attention is pointed towards the upcoming Prada FW21 menswear show, the second collection of Raf’s tenure, as well as that pseudo-philosophical ad campaign, we’re winding back the clock to look at some of the fashion’s house’s all-time greatest outerwear.
A personal favorite, Prada’s Spring/Summer 1998 show came at, and was part of, a watershed moment in menswear. Stripped of spectacle, this collection paired stunning footwear and formal pants with camp collar shirts that are still just as relevant and functional. This cotton jacket from SS98 tows the line of subtlety and ultimate timelessness.
As well as its game-changing SS98 mainline collection, Prada also launched Prada Sport in 1998, a visionary venture into the world of performance gear through Miuccia’s luxury lens. Prada Sport was decades ahead of the game and this SS00 jacket is all the evidence you need.
SS15 was a beauty. Set against the backdrop of a swimming pool, this Prada show once again showcased Miuccia’s devotion to timeless garments. Contrast stitching on mac coats, blazers, and coach jackets drew the eye and mind to the craftsmanship of these enduring classics.
The SS16 Prada menswear collection was displayed, rather unusually for the label, alongside the women’s resort show, and that’s about as close to unisex as we get from Miuccia. This organza shirt from the women’s SS16 range is a rare example of the brand doing both. Great for layering with.
For FW17, Miuccia wanted to do away with the excess of fashion and fashion week and put a magnifying glass to the human side of clothing. Prada’s take on normcore and ‘everyday’ wear resulted in simple sweatshirts, button-downs, and a good dose of corduroy. This cord field jacket was a highlight.
FW17’s grounded use of cord and leather was dissolved in a vat of black and bold-colored nylon for FW18, a material that Miuccia has admitted she can’t get enough of. Pieces like this nylon wool marked a change in direction for the brand that has stuck. Albeit not a new one; Miuccia introduced nylon to her family’s label in 1984 via its luxury bags, making that label a household name in the process.
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