Sharing your wardrobe with friends just went virtual. Launching in May 2013, The Social Closet is an online fashion marketplace focused on the Chicago market and dedicated to buying and selling pre-owned contemporary clothing and accessories. Co-founded by French transplants Marine Soussan-Gouachon and Fanny Chéreau, this unique shopping experience allows consumers to not only resell their designer duds, but peruse other “closets” and buy new wardrobe pieces at the same time.
This spring, refresh your wardrobe by cleaning out your closet and selling your pre-loved fashion a la mode while searching for hidden gems from friends and other fashionistas alike!
Offering resale contemporary, designer and luxury items, The Social Closet will give Chicago consumers a platform to buy and sell on a social network and revamp their wardrobe in an environmentally sustainable way. “The Social Closet will inspire both sellers and buyers to look at his/her wardrobe in a more efficient –and fun– way. We are connecting like-minded fashion individuals in Chicago and sharing new ways to complete an outfit that are easy and eco-friendly," says co-founder Marine Soussan-Gouachon.
The Social Closet is free to join – once you’re a member, you can buy and sell.
Consumers create a profile, or “closet,” and sellers start selling pre-approved clothing and accessories right away. A curated inventory, each item is scrutinized by the most discriminating French taste – you supply the goods and The Social Closet gives them the seal of approval. Whether you’re a computer savvy fashionista or not, consumers can choose to manage their closets independently or have The Social Closet assist with pricing, photos, shipping and even personal pick up…it’s that easy. Once items are sold, the company charges a 15% commission of the selling price, provides a pre-paid mailing label and that’s it…the seller can cash out the money or use to shop other closets.
Sellers can also be buyers and shop the closets of other local style mavens. Need a guarantee? Bump your standard service up to premium and for an additional 10% or the purchase price, The Social Closet will step in, personally checking all items for condition and authenticity, then ship the items directly to the buyers. With premium, buyers can kick off their designer heels and rest easy.
How it works:
BECOME A MEMBER of The Social Closet fashion community
SELL, BUY or BOTH by creating and opening your closet to our community by putting your pre-loved fashions up for sale while shopping in the community closet and/or buy what you love
SHARE your items by using the social network to showcase what you want, what you love, and all your favorite little designer’s items
For more information regarding The Social Closet, visit www.thesocialcloset.com.
*Before May 2013, sellers can already start listing and completing sale applications via the “coming-soon” page or directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 100 sellers will receive a $10 coupon via email as soon as their first item is up for sale!