Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Hello my fashion addicted friends,

it looks like, from now on, our designer dreams will come true..a little bit cheaper.

A couple of weeks ago, in the heart of our Manchester, a new pre-loved designer bags boutique called Designer Exchange, has opened its door and, of course, I was there.

I always look for second hand designer bags and accessories on ebay or other website, but it's quite hard to trust sellers these days so the idea of having a proper shop where I can see and touch with hands it's much better than browsing pictures on a computer screen.

The concept of the shop is very easy: you can buy designer bags that have been used for a cheaper price than the "brand new" price tag, you can sell your bags or you can exchange them when you buy another bag.

The brands are the big ones, we are talking Chanel, Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Mulberry, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Cartier, Burberry and...wait for it...HERMES!

Yes, you heard me well, those Kellys and Birkins we are used to see just on pictures at the arms of celebrities are now available to see, to try and if you are lucky, to buy!

There is a small selection of accessories available, like small purses, wallets and belts.

When I visited the shop I was overwhelmed by the amount of bags, the neat display on the selves and the helpful and friendly staff.

I was explained how does the exchange work, something I am interested in doing soon with a couple of designer bags I don't really use.

Every piece is guarantee 100% original and was quite easy to understand these people know what are they talking about.

Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pictures inside the shop (the ones you see are taken from the outside), but I can tell you that I spotted two Kellys, Three Birkins, a Vuitton Speedy, a limited edition Kusama for Vuitton Alma verins and the famous perfume bottle shaped Chanel bag.

All the bags I have seen were in excellent condition despite being pre-loved.

The price of a bag (that you are buying, selling or exchanging) depends on few factors as the conditions of the material, if it's a vintage piece etc.

Just to give you an idea, the Vuitton Speedy I saw was £350.

I have bought pre-loved designer bags before (my wonderful Fendi Peek-a-Boo) and to be honest, I find it a good way to save some quids...to buy another one of course!

If you like luxury handbags I strongly recommend you to pay this place a visit, you may find  the bag of your dreams at a price that make it finally come that dream true.

The shop is located inside the Royal Exchange in the city centre and if you want to be updated with the latest arrive I think it's a good idea to follow them on Instagram, TwitterFacebook or to have a look at their website.

The Designer Exchange is in London Knightsbridge too and I believe will soon be in Birmingham.

I wonder if the poor people that work there know I will become a constant stalker of that shop...


  1. Thank you very much for the blog post. Do let us know when you visit our store again and we would love to host you with champagne/ coffee.
    Please email ssadiq@webuy.com when you do go again

    1. Hi Sabrina, thanks for your kind comment. I have been to the shop few times now, bought some amazing bags and enjoying the staff courtesy, it's always a pleasure to visit the store. See you soon!


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