Vintage Clothing Trading

Vintage Clothing Trading

If my daughter and her friends are anything to go by, vintage clothing is in vogue at the moment. A combination of environmental concern and the desire to have something you won’t find on the High Street is leading many young people to seek out vintage items. It seems to me that there is money to be made here.

One persons old tat is another persons vintage. By scouring charity shops and jumble sales for bargains, cleaning them up and then selling them on via eBay or  a concession in an existing shop, it should be possible to make some interesting profits.

The key here is that you need to have an eye for fashion and  a firm idea what’s likely to appeal to vintage clothes lovers. Not one for me then, but certainly an opportunity for the right person.

The Alternative Limb Project

When I was a kid, spectacles were horrible things, and the range of choice was virtually zero. Today they’re fashion items and you can have pretty much anything you want. Now we’re seeing the same range of choice moving into other areas of ‘disability’.

Last summers Paralympics really brought the whole subject of disability to the fore. We’ve been saying here for some time now, that people, who need equipment or devices to help them with a physical problem, are no longer prepared to accept second best. The Alternative Limb project is a private enterprise, set up to satisfy the demand for fashionable, unconventional prosthetics.

The company aims to help amputees customise the prosthetic limbs they use. Customers can have a limb made to their own design, reflecting their fashion sense and personality. So far the company has built a ‘stereo leg’ with built in speakers for a songwriter, a modular anatomical design for a former soldier and a floral prosthetic for a young mum, amongst others.

So what’s next? What other category of health or wellness product might be ripe for a fashionable makeover? Utilitarian products simply don’t cut the mustard any more.

Make One Like It!

Make One Like It!

Have you ever had a favourite item of clothing which wore out and you wanted to buy another, exactly the same?  If you have, the chances are that you couldn’t get one.  Styles and stock change, and unless it’s an iconic style of jeans, your favourite item will have been replaced by something not quite the same. So imagine if there was somewhere you could go where they would replicate your item exactly. You’d have to pay a premium price of course, but it would be worth it to get what you really wanted.

Could there be an opening for someone to provide a bespoke service like this in the UK? Certainly there are plenty of skilled seamstresses and tailors available both here and in the Far East, where prices are very reasonable. The job for the UK based entrepreneur would be one of marketing and co-ordination rather than anything technical. ‘You Bring It, We Make It’ could be your advertising promise.

Who’s The Daddy?

I’m not sure I like this one, but what do I know?

Robert Nickell had the idea for DaddyScrubs while his wife was choosing a scrub gown for the delivery of their son. He felt left out and wanted something special for himself as a soon-to-be Dad. And so he designed a series of scrub gowns with ‘Daddy on the Front’ and ‘I’m The Daddy’ on the back. The range of products was subsequently extended to include baseball hats and T shirts.

DaddyScrubs is apparently doing big business in Hollywood, so perhaps something similar might work in areas where people have more money than sense here in the UK! Alternatively, how about designing a range of ‘That’s what you think.” T shirts for friends of the new ‘dad’? That WAS a joke!

Clothes On Tour

Here’s a strange thing…a company at the top end of a market, adapting an idea from the bottom end, and making it work.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the concept of the one day sale. A company hire a hall or empty shop unit and hold a one day sale of sports goods, leather goods, jewellery, furniture or something else. These sales almost always operate at the lower end of the market. The key selling point is that this stuff is dirt cheap and it won’t be here tomorrow.

Clemens en August do something remarkably similar, but at the other end of the market. They are a high end Munich based fashion retailer, but their clothes aren’t available in shops or online. Instead, each season they travel to international cities, selling their collections in contemporary art galleries for only three days at a time. This tour system allows the company to  cut out the retail margin, and the selling point is very similar – this is very attractively priced, and if you don’t buy today, it won’t be here tomorrow. Exclusivity is added into the mix. The concept has been dubbed ‘clothes on tour’.

It’s an interesting concept isn’t it, and I’m sure it’s something that could be applied to other markets. Remember the key factors – a time-limited opportunity to buy an exclusive product at an attractive price. Here today, but gone tomorrow.