A curated shopping community for us all to share our neglected couture
Founded by editor, writer, fashion addict (and former professional boxer) Kate Sekules, Refashioner is where like-minded fashion fiends can get together and buy, sell and swap, not just great unloved garments, shoes and accessories, but their stories too.
Our aim is not merely to provide a marketplace for the great under-worn pieces in the backs of all our closets, but also to honor the life of the clothes, to give them a good send-off, and to love them all over again. We say, don't just recycle, HAUTE-cycle!
- A place for style snobs who love turnover but hate waste.
- A business based on sharing.
- A cashless designer store (use your proceeds, and shop for free!)
- A secondary market as beautifully curated as the original designers’ ateliers.
- Where shopping too much can save the planet.
Kate Sekules, Founder
I started Refashioner to rehome unloved couture. To connect all the good closets.
To make fashion fun.
I was always obsessed with clothes... Growing up in London, I haunted Portobello Market, never met a jumble or sample sale I didn’t like, and knew Browns inventory better than its buyers. Vintage was called “secondhand” and thought to be flea-ridden, but I thought being old gave a garment power and personality and uniqueness. I organized swaps, styled and dressed any friend who’d let me, and started my own vintage business to offload some of the surplus.
Fast forward to New York: journalism, boxing, internet, marriage, motherhood…
Then, there I was, happily editor-in-chiefing a magazine, when it was abruptly folded.
While having a crisis on account of my entire industry dying, I went shopping. I wanted to offload my office drag, and get new stuff. I consigned some choice pieces—it took months and paid pennies (they took 60%!). I tried to get a swap together; everyone was busy. I looked at Ebay. Ugh.
And that’s when I thought of Refashioner.