My wardrobe is a mix of affordable basics that I wear on the regular and more special investment pieces that I know I’ll own for years. When I’m looking to make a big purchase, I have a trusted group of retailers I always look to that truly deliver the best there is in the world of shopping. I turn to each of them for different reasons, whether I want to get my hands on the latest It pieces, shop items straight from the runway, or discover emerging talent before anyone else.
So where are the best places to buy investment pieces online that I turn to again and again? Ahead, I’m highlighting six essential retailers that I always order from. Go on to discover why each of them made the cut, and shop my edit of cool investment items to add to your closet now.
What to look for: An attention to up-and-coming designers that are fostered by the Net-a-Porter team. One reason I always look to Net-a-Porter is its Vanguard program, which scouts rising talent. Recent brands include must-know designers such as Peter Do, Le 17 Septembre, and Ratio et Motus.
What to look for: Great pieces from cool talent across the globe. If you're interested in up-and-coming designers, Shopbop will deliver, and it'll bring you the most wearable pieces from their collections.
3. Moda Operandi
What to look for: Moda Operandi has a unique preorder model to order designer pieces straight from the runway. On top of that, it has a knack for discovering designers very early that you can't find anywhere else. Plus, with handpicked edits from Lauren Santo Domingo and Lisa Aiken, you always have insight about what the fashion insiders are adding to their closets.
Why it's great: MatchesFashion has a solid mix of luxury brands and emerging talent, so it is a great place to invest in heritage labels and also discover something new. In addition, it has great editorial content that always inspires, as well as capsules such as its wedding edit where you'll find pieces you can't get anywhere else.
Why it's great: L.A.-based retailer Fwrd has a mix of heritage brands and of-the-moment new talent. It has an especially strong edit of eveningwear.