BARE Interviews: SnobSwap

What if we love high fashion but our wallet is already crying a river? SnobSwap makes it possible to own a wardrobe of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ with a student budget.  With an increasing presence of designer brands focused e-commerce consignment platforms, BARE was so curious to find out the secrets of the online high fashion business through talking with Emily, the founder of the one and only SnobSwap.

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1.I love how the website is mainly focusing on the luxury and high fashion brands. Could you share with me the inspirations behind launching such a platform focusing on the exchanges or the trade of pre-owned or new luxury items?

We started SnobSwap because we couldn’t find a way to shop our favorite consignment boutiques online for authentic, pre-owned designer fashion.  Our budgets were tight after grad schools, but we still dreamed of a wardrobe filled with luxury designers . . . without the guilt of course.  So we launched SnobSwap!

2.Could you share with us the most popular brand or the kinds of brands on SnobSwap so far?

The top brands on SnobSwap are Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Hermès, Coach, Vince, Louis Vuitton, Rag and Bone, J Brand and Burberry.

3.How does SnobSwap decide which items to take in to be on the trading platform? Are there any particular aspects of the items SnobSwap is focusing on?

We are the only destination to shop the best consignment boutiques online.  We partner with amazing consignment boutiques from all across the nation to carefully curate the merchandise on SnobSwap by hand-selecting each piece of inventory.  We have narrowed down the list of acceptable Designers based on what sells best. 

4.What would you recommend as the one type of the Must-have Winter-coat for us students with our student budget?

I would recommend an investment coat that will last you through the seasons, especially since it is the one piece you will wear every day.  For students on a budget, a great winter coat for Berkeley weather would be a warn leather jacket or a classic wool coat.  We love a versatile leather jacket such as a Vince leather jacket (under $250).  You can’t go wrong with a classic wool coat that you can wear at any age such as a camel Burberry coat or Marc coat. (Picture Below: Vice, Burberry, Marc)

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 5.27.05 PM5.What do you see as the future of this platform?

We will be a global platform for the best consignment shops around the world.  Our members will soon be able to shop boutiques from Paris, Tokyo, and more. 

6.If you could summarize the spirit of SnobSwap in just one sentence, what would it be?

Despite our cheeky name, we are anything but snobby – we believe amazing pre-owned luxury designer items should be accessible to all. 

It is certainly true that behind every single story of success, there is passion. Same goes for SnobSwap, a luxury consignment e-commerce started off because of founders’ passion in fashion, is now the go-to online destination for the best designer boutiques. We as Berkeley students, are in the greatest luck as SnobSwap is now providing a special promotion for us, use the code: BERKELEYLOVE to get $20 off  $100 for the first order! Don’t forget to enter Snobswap’s instagram competition for your chance to win $300 in shopping credit. Here are some of BARE’s favorites from SnobSwap, visit their site to pick yours!

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