For your time capsule
By Ksenia Alexeenko - HEWI London VIP consultant/stylist .
As a VIP client manager people often ask me what sells the best. My answer is always the same, apart from newer, current, runway pieces, there is no formula. It takes one person to click a button and make a purchase. We have thousands of buyers and sellers of different sizes and lifestyles, that live in different climates with different needs and desires. Some people follow trends, and others look for rare and bespoke pieces.
I have clients that only look for items in "gift" condition and others that only want vintage pieces. There could be a person that has been dreaming of your item since they saw it last in the store only for it to be sold to that person in front of them.
In saying that of course there are brands that I consider most desirable. Brands such as Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Rolex, and Cartier.
These brands I consider an investment.
Coco Chanel has been creating magical pieces since before we were born and no matter the age of the item, it always seems to sell. I have several VIP clients that want to be texted as soon as I have a new Chanel piece in my hot little hand. I always think they'll have to fight me for it… only to remind myself that greed is a sin and that I can't buy the whole website.
Hermes is another power-brand that is strict about production numbers and refuses to sell their Birkins and Kelly's just to anyone walking off the street. When I think of Hermes, I think of pure luxury. I recently received a Hermes cups and saucers set as a gift from a client, and I now drink five cups of tea a day and imagine myself as a Saudi princess. Anything and everything from ties to bags to China sells like hotcakes. If you are a handbag collector or if you want to invest in a bag that won't lose its value I suggest going for Hermes. But please be aware, that there are plenty of replicas around, there is nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on a bag, only to find out it's a knockoff and you've been fooled. Do your research and buy from a reputable resale website such as ourselves.
Ah, J'adore Dior. I'll be honest with you, when Maria Grazia took over as the creative director at Dior I wasn't sure. But she recently brought back the gorgeous saddle bag and everyone went crazy, including me. Dior accessories are absolutely lust-worthy. I'm still waiting on a few of my favourite pieces from the SS18 to come through HEWI, they are on my "must have" list.
And let's not forget Rolex and Cartier. They say good things come in small packages and it's true when it comes to these two luxury brands. If you received a vintage Rolex for Christmas, I guarantee you'll be over the moon, can't say the same for a vintage Baby-G for example, although I can already think of several people that can pull it off. Let's get real, these brands are timeless, in some cases, people will pay double or even triple for your pre-owned watch or Cartier ring.
No matter what items I'm getting to list for our VIPs I'm always excited. There is no better feeling than seeing the item go online only for it to be sold minutes later. I feel a sense of pride and I know my colleagues do as well. It takes at least five people to list a VIP item, everything is done with love and care. And that is why I consider HEWI simply the best platform for selling your pre-owned items.