Monday, March 23, 2009

Coming soon (free) to your wardrobe?

Just think, in a season or two, this new look from the Paul & Joe spring 2009 RTW collection might be coming to you free via

Diane von Furstenberg, Coach, Chanel, Gucci, Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin… If I told you all these labels – and heaps more – were available in one place, you’d be excited. Once I added the fact that they’re also free, you’d possibly hit the stratosphere. is like one big night in the wardrobes of the women of the world. Or the members at least. They upload pics of stuff they don’t anymore, along with a ‘wishlist’ of items they’re willing to trade it for. Hautemamascloset (user name), for instance, has a Paul & Joe silk dress (not pictured) that she’s willing to swap for a designer handbag from Coach, Chloe or LV, or “anything from Lilli Pulitzer”.

So what are the hitches? The site is designed for swapping, selling or buying – so some items have a price tag (though there are a lot of ‘swap’ items to be had). It costs $10 to become ‘address verified’, which is a security feature of the site (they recommend dealing with other swappers who’ve been through the process). Oh, and you’ll need to factor in postage for that Paul & Joe dress, for instance – hautemamascloset is in the States.

For fashionistas struck down by the recessionista bug, it’s a fun few hours window shopping if nothing else.

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