Best consignment deals we've seen east of Manhattan! Gucci and Burberry and Boss jackets for extremely reasonable 125-300£
I just had the WORST experience of my shopping life. I walked in and see a man fiddling away behind the computer. It's quiet so I don't want to disturb him and he doesn't acknowledge me until I make my way to the back of the shop - women's clothing is downstairs. He says "hello" without a smile and I felt like I was bothering him so I quietly and POLITELY said "hi" and was hoping to dip downstairs without making a peep, while he surfed the web. I turned around to go downstairs and he said "Say hello, be polite". And I was so shocked, that I stopped a minute, turned around and said
Me : "I'm sorry, what?" genuinely confused and a bit freaked out.
Psycho : "I said hello, you should say hello and be polite. Go ahead you can go downstairs but be polite."
Me : "I did say hello, I said it softly."
Psycho : "Go ahead downstairs."
I was seriously shaken up and was NOT about to go downstairs where no one could hear my screams. This guy freaked me out; I would've given him money to just let me leave. I've worked retail for YEARS, and I'm a super experienced shopper. This is the first encounter I've ever had with a store keeper like this. SHOCKED.
The Loft is something wonderful in the city of London - a place where high-end designer labels can be purchased for under £100. Ho-ller.
After a few trips to this lavender haven with the ladieswear in the basement (not so haven-esque when the temp reaches over 70F here...) I've come out with a pair of Hermes flats for £45 and a lovely DG top for £25. Well worth it, if you're willing to sift through a few packed racks.
As agreed with Katri, the selection consisted mostly of dresses and shoes, with some designer denim thrown in there. But if you have the time and the patience you will be able to strike gold I am sure. Keep in mind, there are baskets upon baskets of unsorted stuff underneath the racks as well...purely for the optimists' time wealthy hands.
The Loft is a clothing agency which buys and sells second-hand designer items from the likes of Gucci, Armani, Versace, Miu Miu and Prada. There's a wide range of clothing, bags, shoes and accessories, with men's on the ground floor, and women's on the lower ground. Prices are considerably discounted to what they must have originally cost. Everything seemed to be less than £300, with a colourful Eley Kishimoto trench coat going for £60.
Items are arranged by colour. As there's at least a couple of hundred items (at least for the women's), and if you, like I, are determined to go through each and every one just in case you accidentally miss a bargain because of lack of effort, you'll probably end up with arms aching from rooting through all the racks.
The day I popped in, I spent over half an hour going through the women's dresses, but didn't buy anything... though that's more to do with the fact that I'm running out of space, not that I didn't find anything!
As mentioned earlier, The Loft also buy clothing. According to its website, all you need to do is bring in your items on any day and they will go through what you have brought and work out a price you are happy with. Once the item is sold, you will be paid in cash. The Loft takes a cut of every sale.
Found some great designer items here and overall I found the prices really good for central London. I tried on a gorgeous Chloe Coat that unfortunately did not fit and I spied some amazing Dior & Chanel pieces. The shop itself looks a little tired and crammed but there are some great pieces worth rummaging for. I will return to this treasure trove when I am next in London.
I always visit this store almost every week whenever I'm in Holborn.
And I often find very good bargains in here, such as Richard James shirts,
ties and suits.
This is probably the only second-hand dress agency shops, that stocks quite a lot of Richard James menswear goods.
As of Friday, April 25th 2014, the Loft has temporarily closed-down and so the owner is currently looking to relocate within the Covent Garden area.
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