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How to Sell with Grace & Ted

We are now accepting stock for the Autumn/Winter season! If you’ve been wondering how to sell with Grace & Ted, we thought we’d answer some frequently asked questions so you can start clearing out your wardrobe…

 

Which brands do you accept for sale?

We take designer labels only – from Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Gucci to more contemporary brands such as Rag & Bone, Zadig et Voltaire and Acne. We look for clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and jewellery. If you’re unsure whether your items are suitable for us, check out our Labels we Love page for a more comprehensive list.

High end designer labels retain their value and therefore are more suitable for resale, this enables us to get you the best return on the pieces you originally paid a lot of money for.

 

Do you sell vintage? 

As a general rule, we accept items up to 3 years old in near-perfect condition. There are some exceptions to this and we will sell classic/vintage items from brands such as Chanel, Hermès, Celine & Gucci for example. If you’re unsure whether we will sell vintage pieces you have, give us a call: 01225 461 518 – if items you have are unsuitable for Grace & Ted, we can recommend other re-sale stores that may be able to assist.

 

When can I bring items in?

You don’t need to make an appointment to bring items in so you can pop in any time. We are open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm. If you have lots to carry, there is an area beside our shop where you can park for 10 minutes and we can help you unload. We will make a list of the items and give you a copy to keep.

 

Can I still sell with you if i’m not local to Bath?

Absolutely! We accept items via post to our shop at 10 Kingsmead Square – we just ask that you email us beforehand with a list of what you have to sell and some photos that show us the condition of the items.

 

How do you price items?

We price items based on their current resale value, taking into consideration the original selling price. Some brands will retain more of their value than others (Chanel, Hermès) but we always do our best to achieve great prices for our sellers. If items have been purchased at outlet stores or in a sale, we will price them based on their last selling price.

We understand that many clients sell items to fund the purchase of another special piece, so if you are hoping for a certain amount back for something, tell us and we will do our best!

 

How long do you keep items?

Clothing is kept for around 8-12 weeks or until it is no longer suitable for the season. Handbags, shoes and accessories can be kept at Grace & Ted for longer as these are often less seasonal. Items can be returned to you before this time so if you change your mind and decide to keep something, you can pop in any time to collect it.

We ask sellers to call once every few weeks to check on the status of their items, using the reference numbers on the receipt.

 

What happens when I need to collect unsold items?

When we have unsold items that are ready for you to collect, we will ring and/or email you. We ask that items are collected with 2 weeks – however if this is not possible, we can rearrange for a more suitable time.
We have very limited storage space available and cannot keep items for longer than 2 weeks – any uncollected items will be donated to charity.

 

How much commission do you take and how am I paid for any sales?

In line with most re-sale shops on the high street, we take a 50% commission on items sold with Grace & Ted. Payments are made via cheque or bank transfer. Unfortunately we cannot give cash.

 

And that’s it! If you have designer pieces you would like to sell, email us at: emma@graceandted.co.uk, call 01225 461 518 or pop in and see us at 10 Kingsmead Square, Bath.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

 

 

 

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One-of-a-kind Burberry Patchwork Bag

If you love unique style and owning things you know no one else will be wearing – this one is for you! Last week, something very special wandered into G&T, a totally one-of-a-kind Burberry Patchwork bag.

Originally released as part of Burberry’s A/W collection in 2016, the Patchwork bag is still available in limited numbers online and priced at £1,595.

Owning the latest must-have designer bag is a necessity for many fashionista’s but spending upwards of £1500 on a bag and then to later see it it on everyone else can put a bit of a dampener on your special purchase.

With the one-of-a-king Burberry Patchwork bag, that won’t happen! Designed in London and beautifully crafted in Italy from a ‘patchwork’ of snakeskin, suede and leather – the only thing each bag has in common is the buckle. The polished gold coloured metal buckle pays homage to Burberry’s iconic trench coat and is a touching ‘nod’ to the brand’s heritage.

We love the mix of luxurious textures and rich colours in the Burberry Patchwork bag currently available in store and online at Grace & Ted. Perfect for the upcoming Autumn season, this investment piece is as unique as you are!

Shop it here.

 

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AW/17’s Best Bags

New season collections from our favourite designers often mean additions are made to our wish-lists and this Autumn/Winter is no exception! Bags are without a doubt our favourite accessory and even if we can’t afford that fur handled Miu Miu, it can certainly inspire our Autumn wardrobe. Here, we pick some of AW/17’s best bags…

 

 

An oversized bag is a must-have for every season; perfect for every day use, a gorgeous tote will be a worthwhile investment. We can almost feel the buttery soft, smooth calfskin used to craft that Cèline bag!

 

 

Who doesn’t love a statement bag? The rich colours, luxurious adornments and faux fur seen at Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Miu Miu will inspire more than just our handbags this Autumn! If you haven’t seen Chanel’s space-themed AW/17 show, it’s definitely worth a watch; monochrome, metallics, glitter and that Rocket Bag – which is set to be one of the fashion house’s most coveted pieces.

 

 

There are some brands we can always rely on for edgy glamour and in their AW/17 Collections we saw dresses adorned in tassels and studs at Balmain, leather and tweed from Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and (what seemed to be) all black everything on the runway with Alexander Wang. Be inspired by chainmail, leopard print, studs and add a kick ass flare to your new season wardrobe.

 

 

If simple and chic is more your thing, check out the understated designs from VB, Mulberry, Dior and Hermès. Victoria Beckham has been inspired by her recent collaboration with Estèe Lauder and created a vanity box style bag that can be worn on the body or elegantly held by hand. Whilst Johnny Coca at Mulberry has tapped into the brands classic English heritage and created structured bags in rich Autumnal leathers.

 

 

And that’s it, our pick of AW/17’s best bags – which will you be adding to your wish-list for the new season?

 

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Resale Shop-hopping…

We love our little shop for its Aladdin’s cave of designer goodies, but we also appreciate a good resale shop-hopping adventure! When we visit new places we will always take time to hunt down pre-owned designer clothes shops and to save you some time, we’ve chosen a few of our favourites…

Thrifting, consignment or secondhand shopping offers an affordable alternative to the mainstream high street. It enables us to discover new brands and to own pieces that we ordinarily might not have been able to (we’re looking at you Hermès/Chanel/Cartier!) Shopping in secondhand stores also enables us to maintain a sense of individuality – searching for pieces that you know no-one else will be wearing.

Before we took over at number 10 Kingsmead Square, my mum and I would regularly shop here and now more than ever we love finding other designer resale to spend hours in!

 

Resale shop-hopping - Michael's NYC

Michael’s NYC. Photo: Yelp

Michael’s Consignment – 1041 Madison Avenue, New York

Manhattan is probably my favourite city in the world and I discover something new every time I visit. A regular stop on any trip to the Big Apple now though is Michael’s. Established in 1954, it’s become a favourite amongst the city’s fashionista’s. Much like Grace & Ted, Michael’s occupies 2 floors in a relatively small building but items are organised by style or designer, making it super easy to navigate. The industry’s best are stocked here – Chanel, Hermès, Gucci, Prada – you name it, they have it. We spent at least an hour exploring the racks and I was so excited to find a brand new Alexander McQueen skull scarf for less than half price! The friendly, knowledgeable staff are happy to offer style advise or to help you find items on your wish list.

If you get the chance to visit NYC, don’t miss Michael’s.

                                                                                     www.michaelsnewyork.com

 

Resale shop-hopping - Sell Your Sole, Seattle

Sell Your Sole, Seattle. Photo: google

Sell Your Sole – 2121 1st Ave Suite 101, Seattle

Seattle is somewhere I have always wanted to visit – not only because it is the backdrop for Frasier and Grey’s Anatomy (both of which I am obsessed with) but because I heard the city has a vibrant and eclectic high street. Seattle shopping is brilliant – chain stores and independent boutiques sit alongside cute coffee shops and buzzing restaurants. Tucked off the high street behind another store, is a bright and airy loft space filled with top end classic and contemporary designer labels cleverly named Sell Your Sole.

The owner, Natalia only takes items in immaculate condition and the passion and excitement she has for Sell Your Sole and consignment shopping only improves your experience as a customer.
Different to Michael’s in appearance but still maintaining the high standard of stock and service, it was a pleasure to explore Sell Your Sole. The shop has won numerous awards in Seattle and you can see why the minute you step through the door.

www.sellyoursoleconsignment.com

 

Resale shop-hopping - L'Etoile de Saint Honorè, Amsterdam

L’Etoile de Saint Honorè, Amsterdam. Photo: google

L’Etoile de Saint Honorè – Reestraat 24, 1016 DN Amsterdam

If you ever get a chance to visit Amsterdam – go! It is without a doubt one of the coolest and most beautiful cities I have ever visited and is perfect for a weekend of shopping, eating and soaking up the local culture.
Vintage shops, high end designer boutiques and independent stores line what are referred to as ‘The 9 Streets’ – a bustling part of central Amsterdam and amongst them you’ll find L’Étoile de Saint Honoré. Specialising in vintage designer handbags, shoes and accessories – they have one of the most extensive collections of Louis Vuitton I have ever seen! Items are beautifully presented and with a vast selection of accessories, from luggage bags to agenda covers, there’s something for every budget. You can shop online too so check out their website if you’re looking for your next extra special vintage designer piece.

www.etoile-luxuryvintage.com

 

Resale shop-hopping - Pandora, Knightsbridge

Pandora, Knightsbridge. Photo: Pandora

Pandora – 16-22 Cheval Pl, Knightsbridge, London

London is home to some of the country’s best designer resale shops and with most brands having a flagship store in the city, it’s no surprise! One of our favourites is Pandora in Knightsbridge. Tucked away on a back street surrounded by big names like Harrods, Louis Vuitton and Burberry you’ll find the holy grail of discounted designer clothes. Here you’ll find everything – rails filled with Chanel suits stand alongside Chinti & Parker cashmere and Equipment shirts. What’s incredible though is their selection of Hermès bags. Any colour, skin and budget. If, like us, you don’t quite have the room on your credit card for a £50,000 Birkin, it’s worth a visit to Pandora Dress Agency just to see one in all its stunning glory.

The generously sized store has a vast selection of stock and a whole other room dedicated to shoes – a fashionista’s dream? We think so!
Stock is regularly reduced so it is worth being aware of any sales when you visit – when we last searched their rails Mum picked up an awesome Dolce & Gabbana skirt worth £300 for £45!
www.pandoradressagency.com

 

Resale shop-hopping - Vintage to Vogue, Bath

Vintage to Vogue, Bath. Photo: Cool Places

Vintage to Vogue – 28 Milsom Street, Bath

If you’re looking for the ultimate in vintage – look no further than Vintage to Vogue. A part of Bath’s high street for over 13 years, the shop has become a well loved institution and the minute you enter their quaint Georgian courtyard, you can see why.
Imren and her husband John carefully select genuine vintage pieces for men and women meaning you get to see a specially curated collection of only the best quality pieces.
Stocking everything from suits and dresses to shoes, bags and jewellery, true lovers of vintage will love re-visitng a bygone era and losing track of time at Vintage to Vogue.

www.vintagetovogue.co.uk

 

Next time you visit a new city, why not do a little research to see if you can enjoy some re-sale shop-hopping too? Discover new designers, try on the things you’ve been lusting over and we guarantee that when you do find that designer item you’ve always wanted – it’ll feel like you’ve struck gold!

 

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Spotlight on Chanel

Widely regarded as one of the world’s chicest brands, Gabrielle Chanel pioneered stylish yet functional fashion and the brand remains incredibly popular and highly coveted to this day. Here, we celebrate the timeless appeal of one of our favourite fashion houses and put the spotlight on Chanel…

From humble beginnings, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born in Saumur, France in 1883 and in 1907 met Ètienne Balsan, a socialite who introduced her to the luxury lifestyle.

Chanel began making hats in 1909, selling them to the glamorous women she met through networking; which enabled her to earn a living independently of Balsan. It was in 1910 that she met the love of her life Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel who financed her first millinery shop Chanel Modes at 21 Rue Cambon in Paris. Her designs quickly became favourited by the most famous French actresses of the time and her reputation grew.

In 1913 Chanel introduced a range of jersey sportswear; revolutionising women’s lives and the relationships with their bodies. In 1918 she opened her couture house at the now infamous 31 Rue Cambon, Paris. Here she created the perfume that changed the whole fragrance industry – Chanel No5 and the most important piece in any woman’s wardrobe; the little black dress.

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Gabrielle Chanel was a practical woman who needed her clothing and accessories to fit with her lifestyle. Tired of having to carry her bag in her hands, she took inspiration from soldier’s packs and in the 1920’s added a long strap to her own carry all. Needless to say, that style has captivated women ever since.

Chanel used fashion as a tool to define herself – in turn creating pieces that empowered women; freeing them from the confines of waist-cinching, uncomfortable and restrictive garments. She broke the rules, cropped her hair and was the first person to use men’s tailoring to give women an air of sartorial dignity.

Mademoiselle Chanel died on 10th January 1971.

“May my legend prosper and thrive. I wish it a long and happy life!”

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The House of Chanel lived on and the posthumous collections were continually successful. With the introduction of a ready-to-wear line and the worldwide distribution of its iconic accessories – the brand goes from strength to strength.

In 1983 Karl Lagerfeld is appointed artistic director and later went on to release the Chanel Double Flap bag with iconic interlocking C detail – now one of the world’s most coveted handbags.

Under the innovative guidance of Lagerfeld, Chanel has become even edgier – with catwalk shows set in supermarkets, a space shuttle and around a 40 foot, 8 tonne gold lion! What remains is the brand’s timeless appeal, elegant yet practical style and what seem to be recession-proof pieces – Chanel handbags are now considered a more worthwhile investment than the stock market!

We talk a lot about ‘forever pieces’ – those extra-special purchases that excite and make us feel a million dollars. You can’t deny Chanel does just that; whether its a simple blouse, a jacket or a handbag. In a world of throwaway ‘fast fashion’ it’s wonderful to stop and appreciate the exquisite skill and time that goes into creating these beautiful designer pieces. We guarantee you will fall cherish your Chanel for years to come.

Shop our Chanel collection here and invest in an icon.

“A girl should be two things: classy & fabulous.”

 

 

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Holiday Essentials From G&T and Beyond

It’s that time of year again when we start counting down the days til we can swap the hustle and bustle for a sun lounger and a Piña Colada. To help and inspire you with packing, we’ve picked our top holiday essentials from G&T and beyond so you can look and feel your very best…

Holiday Essentials from G&T and beyond



Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion

Relax in the sun knowing that you’re 100% protected from those damaging UV rays that make us look older than we are with Epionce Ultra Shield cream. It’s antioxident, anti-inflammatory and is quick absorbing so can be easily applied under makeup. And it smells like flowers.

£43.50 – available at epionce.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Holiday Essentials from G&T and beyond

Fendi ‘Fendista’ Sunglasses

Channel your inner Jackie O with some over-sized shades. Perfect for hiding any evidence of too much Sangria the night before, our Fendi ‘Fendista’ sunglasses wouldn’t look out of place in even the most fashionable city.

£90 – available here.

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Essentials from G&T and BeyondSensi Studio Panama 

What is it about a Panama hat that instantly makes you look like you spent longer thinking about your outfit that you actually did? Wear it with rolled up jeans and a simple white vest top or pair with a black evening dress for a hint of Parisian chic. We love this one by Sensi Studio, available at Net-a-Porter for £95.

 

 

 

 

 

Miu Miu Slides

Holiday Essentials from G&T and BeyondYour Summer wardrobe isn’t complete without a pair of slides and we love the embellishment on these pretty little Miu Miu ones. Perfect with floaty dresses or with jeans, they can be worn from day to night; allowing you to stay cool and stylish with minimal effort.

Shop them here – £95

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Essentials from G&T and BeyondBumble & Bumble Surf Set

Channel your inner surfer girl with this handy travel set from Bumble & Bumble. The shampoo and conditioner leaves your locks clean, soft and buoyant while a quick spritz of their super popular surf spray allows you to create sexy, sun-dried windswept styles. Quick, easy and low maintenance – giving you more time on holiday to see the sights/enjoy a beachside cocktail.

£18 – bumbleandbumble.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Dolce & GabHoliday Essentials from G&T and Beyondbana Vest Top

This Dolce & Gabbana printed vest top is the perfect holiday piece – not only is it beautiful, vibrant and cool – it’s versatile too! Pair it with rolled up straight-cut jeans and slides for the day time or wear under a pretty sequinned or beaded jacket for partying through the night.

Shop here – £6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Essentials from G&T and BeyondSophia Webster Daria Pumps

These shoes scream party! We love Sophia Webster for her fun, flirty and instantly identifiable designs. Neon orange and leopard print combine with a modest heel so you can dance all night long and still be comfortable. Wear with your favourite dress to keep the details on show.

Available at G&T here – £190

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Essentials from G&T and BeyondDiane Von Furstenberg Mini Tote Bag

In striking pink, we love this mini tote from DVF. Its petite yet deceptively spacious, enabling you to comfortably carry your essentials. Its practical removable strap allows it be worn on the shoulder or cross-body which means you can have a cocktail in each hand!

Snap it up here – £190

 

 

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Cult Fashion: The DVF Wrap Dress

“Feel like a woman, wear a dress,” says iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg, who launched her eponymous label in the early ’70s. Here, we look at one of the most historic and iconic pieces of cult fashion: the DVF wrap dress.

Few designers are more famous for their dresses than Diane Von Furstenberg and nearly four decades after it was first created, the DVF wrap dress remains as compelling now as it ever was. In the early days of its inception, Von Furstenberg joked that a zipless dress meant you could slip it on quietly when you wanted to make a swift exit from a sleeping man and even now, in 2017; that bold sentiment still feels ahead of its time.

Von Furstenberg though has always stated that her brand sells confidence – “confidence comes from comfort, as much as from glamour.” She explains that female designers who dress women in jersey such as Coco Chanel, Donna Karen and herself do so “because we know it feels great and lets you get on with your day, and we care about that.”

The perfect piece for the modern woman, the DVF wrap dress combines beauty and practicality –  effortlessly taking you from the office to after work drinks, without compromising on femininity.

“The Dress” as it is referred to around her design studio, was first sold for $90 in 1973 – now it costs up to 3 times that! Thanks to the beauty of designer re-sale though, you can own and feel incredible in a DVF wrap dress, without having to break the budget. Shop our collection here.

 

The DVF Wrap Dress

 

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Perfectly Petite: The Louis Vuitton Pochette

A mini bag is one of the must have accessories of this year with catwalks and shops full of downsized versions of our favourite totes, satchels and bucket bags. The Louis Vuitton Pochette might just be the perfect mini bag though – iconic, timeless and versatile; we go on about ‘forever pieces’ and this is certainly one of them…

Sometimes all you need are the essentials and we must say, streamlining the contents of your handbag so that it fits neatly into a smaller bag is quite liberating…those receipts, lip balms, phone chargers, water bottles, notebooks and four mascaras are literally just weighing us down!

Wear it tucked under your arm, as a wristlet or switch the strap to a longer one and wear cross body where it’s safe, secure and still effortlessly stylish. We love the Louis Vuitton Pochette for its versatility; smart enough for an evening event but not too flashy that it can’t be worn every day.

Crafted in the brands signature coated canvas, the Louis Vuitton Pochette may be small, but it’s still as exquisitely made as their larger pieces. The yellow Epi leather Pochette is lined in luxurious purple Alcantara fabric and we challenge you not to fall in love with it…when you think about it, £220 is a small price to pay to feel a million dollars!

 

If you’re already a proud coveter of Louis Vuitton you’ll be pleased to know the Pochette’s comfortably hold a zippy wallet and its gold coloured D ring means it can be attached to the inside of your existing LV bag; the perfect companion for keeping all your essentials safe.

Shop the Louis Vuitton Pochette here and invest in a classic; we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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5 Iconic Bags Everyone Should Own

“Fashion evolves but style endures” – a sentiment we love at G&T and one we encounter every day. Fashions change; that dress we lusted over last week has been replaced by a different, better one and those shiny silver platform boots that were all the rage are now just impractical and uncomfortable.

Some things never go out of style though – blue jeans, a white shirt, a little black dress and probably the most important piece; a timeless designer handbag.
Bag trends come and go too with designers releasing styles every year that will have been long forgotten come the next season. There are some though, the ‘it bags’ whose style is eternal and will remain a trustworthy member of your wardrobe for years. Here, we look at the 5 iconic bags everyone should own

Fendi Baguette

Designed to be carried under the arm like the delicious French loaf it was named after, the Fendi Baguette was originally released in 1997 and is available in over 700 styles. Practical, minimal and yet still effortlessly chic, the Baguette bag is your perfect evening companion. With some designs costing over £2000, the black canvas Fendi Baguette we currently have at G&T is simple, classic and in excellent condition with the original dust bag. Priced at £180, it’s your opportunity to own one of the world’s most iconic bags!

Bottega Veneta Woven Bag

From the brand who’s motto was “when your own initials are enough” Bottega Veneta have continued to pride themselves on exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design rather than bold and brazen patterns or logos. The criss-cross woven leather is created using ‘Intrecciato’  a process invented by Bottega Veneta in the 1960’s that makes the bags stronger and more durable. We have 3 beautiful Bottega bags in store at the moment including the brands iconic hobo shoulder and Parachute bag – which are still available to buy directly from Bottega Veneta.

Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag

Created in 2001 by Nicolas Ghesquiere the Motorcycle inspired bag was originally rejected by Balenciaga bosses who thought the bag wasn’t rigid enough. Luckily the prototype was a hit with supermodels and once seen on the arm of Kate Moss, became an instant It Bag. Its versatile long and short straps, slouchy design and tassel detail make it the perfect edgy every day bag. The silver Balenciaga Motorcycle bag we currently have at G&T is in excellent condition and a fraction of the £1000+ selling price!

Chloe Paddington

At the height of It Bag fever in 2005, Chloe thought of a way to ensure their next release joined the must-have list by creating a bag that was high in price and low in availability. With its slouchy sides and distinctive chunky padlock, the Paddington bag remains a firm favourite amongst collectors of iconic bags. This one in soft blue leather is in excellent condition and can be yours for less than £200!

Hermès Birkin

No list of ‘5 iconic bags everyone should own’ would be complete without a mention of Hermès! The Birkin was originally created for Jane Birkin and takes expert artisans a full two days to make each one. With prices starting at £6000 and ranging to as much as £100,000 – it is thought the waiting list for a Birkin direct from Hermès is now 6 years long. Why wait when you can shop savvy and bag one from G&T? Whilst we don’t keep her in the shop, we currently have a 2001 black Box calf leather Birkin for sale in excellent condition for £7500. If you’re interested give us a call to arrange a viewing (01225 461518) or email us: emma@graceandted.co.uk.

 

 

 

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Luxury Is In Each Detail…

“The only thing that separates us from animals is our ability to accessorise.” – said a wise Clairee in Steel Magnolias; and what a privilege it is to be able to choose from a spectacularly curated collection of goodies every day! Brooches, necklaces, rings, scarves, anklets, earrings, cuffs….the list is endless and so are the possibilities.
We love accessorising. It enables us to transform any outfit (making even our longest-loved pieces look new again) is a great form of self expression and an enjoyable creative process. Luxury is in each detail and trust us; if you go to the effort of making the finishing touches to your look, people will notice!

At Grace & Ted we’re lucky to have some incredible pieces brought in to sell – from the bold and brash to classic and subtle; juxtaposing designers (we think McQueen and Hermès might just be at opposite ends of the style spectrum) that can instantly change an outfit from one look to another.

Shop our collection of pre-owned designer accessories in our online shop or in-store and finish off your favourite look with an Hermès scarf, Chanel brooch or Stella McCartney belt without spending a fortune.

Mr Givenchy himself said that “luxury is in each detail” so next time you visit us, get stuck in to our accessories – stack, wrap, tie, layer and love the luxury!

Accessories designer genuine pre-owned

 

 

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The Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag

Widely regarded as the brand’s most iconic piece; the Balenciaga Motorcycle bag was created by Nicolas Ghesquière; who took over as Creative Director in 1997.

The first bag he designed for the house in 2000 wasn’t well received. Critics felt it was too soft and lacked the weight and structured design seen in popular bags of the time. Regardless, Ghesquière convinced the corporate bosses to allow him to make 25 prototype bags which he then gave to models, editors and friends. Kate Moss fell in love with the Motorcycle bag and was often photographed wearing it in magazines. From there the design was put into mainstream manufacture and quickly started selling out.

When asked why he thought the bag was so popular, Ghesquière said “No logo. Very light. Very effective…it was a new fresh thing, but it looked like an old, good, friendly thing. And I think the brand was also becoming desirable. People had desire for my goods and [the bag] was the most accessible piece.”

 

Edgy, practical yet still fashionable, the Balenciaga Motorcycle bag is the perfect piece for any fashionista that wants to invest in a designer piece that is understated yet chic. The perfect bag for every day, it can be worn casually on the shoulder with jeans or in the crook of your arm with a LBD.

A popular feature of the Motorcycle bag is the leather used. The distressed, durable, thin leather (usually lambskin) ages and wrinkles beautifully and in a unique way that no two bags will ever look the same…this bag will surely be one of your favourite ‘forever pieces’.

Balenciaga is one of the labels we see less often at G&T and we’re sure that the Motorcycle bag remains a firm favourite in so many wardrobes and so is rarely resold. In addition, bags produced in different colours are made in relatively low numbers – meaning some designs quickly become sought-after and hard to find.

Currently in store we have a striking Balenciaga Motorcycle bag in Gris Aluminium (that’s silver to you and I) in excellent condition from the Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection. Originally priced at £1,500 this one has recently been reduced to £575 so you can invest in one of the most iconic bags of all time and love it forever!

Balenciaga Classic City bag in Silver

To view or buy online click here or visit us in store!

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The Chanel Jacket

Designed in 1954 by the lady herself, the Chanel jacket is now considered one of the most revolutionary pieces in fashion history.

During her visits to Scotland with the Duke of Westminster, Coco discovered tweed – which would later become the basis of her first jacket. Inspired by the straight, fluid lines seen in mens tailoring; Chanel wanted women to be able to move freely; to not feel like they were ‘in costume’.

The jacket’s minimalist straight cuts came during a time that was desperately seeking modernity and the jacket finally eased women from the cinched-in silhouettes of the fifties.

The ultimate in versatile chic, the Chanel jacket is a piece able to be worn by any woman – adapting to each individual’s flair. Featuring real pockets, stitching in matching or contrasting tones and buttons embossed with the house’s logo – each jacket has a delicate chain sewn into the silk lining to ensure it hangs perfectly.

The Chanel jacket is continually reinterpreted by Karl Lagerfeld and is seen reinvented every year in every collection; yet still maintains the aesthetic of its original design.

 

The subject of a book and roving exhibition; you really do need to see a Chanel jacket to truly appreciate its exquisite design and quality. If you live in Bath, you’re in luck because a stunning navy blue military-style Chanel jacket landed on our doorstep this week! From the Spring/Summer 2006 Collection, it features silver stitching, embossed buttons and a striking oversized lapel. Priced at £1,300 – a fraction of the original; it is the ultimate investment piece that you will wear for years to come.

Take a look here or visit us in store.

“There’s some things that never go out of fashion; jeans, a white shirt and a Chanel jacket.” – Karl Lagerfeld.

 

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Spotlight on Hermès

From its beginnings in a humble workshop in 1837 to its creation of the most exclusive handbag in the world; we put the spotlight on Hermès.

Thierry Hermès established Hermès in a workshop in Paris in 1837 and specialised in finely made horse saddles and equestrian accessories. In 1855 Hermès won first prize in its class at the 1855 Exposition Universèlle in Paris; an arts exhibition where millions attended to see the works of the some of the world’s finest.

By 1880 Thierry’s son Charles-Emile Hermès moved the workshop to 24 rue Fabourg Saint-Honorè and whilst he continued with the saddler artisan, he chose to focus more on international sales.

In 1900 Hermès launches the “Haut à Courroies” a large bag intended to carry saddles and in 1922 they released a smaller version of this design – which was also the first leather bag made by the brand. From the picture below, you can see aspects of Hermès design that are still used today.

Spotlight on Hermès

Following the success of the “Haut à Courroies” bag; in 1935 Hermès launched the “Sac à dèpechês” which was later renamed as the “Kelly” bag after it was used by Princess Grace Kelly to stylishly hide her pregnancy!
With a successful handbag business emerging, the brand branched into other accessories and 1937 saw the first Hermès silk scarf created. Designs stayed true to Hermès’ equestrian roots but incorporated a fashion twist and you can read more about the scarves here, on another G&T blog.

In 1950 Hermès introduced its calèche logo and the now iconic orange box – it is thought that there are 188 different sized boxes suitable for expertly packaging any Hermès purchase!

By the 1970’s the fashion house launched its first women’s shoe collection and a complete men’s ready-to-wear collection and the brand was further catapulted into the fashion spotlight when Jane Birkin replaced her straw bag with a leather Hermès bag. The bag was to later be renamed the Birkin – now known as the world’s most exclusive handbag with a waiting list of 6 years!

Widely considered one of the world’s most luxury brands, Hermès is synonymous with quality, style and timeless appeal. One of the few designer brands that holds its value; it has previously been reported that a Birkin bag is a safer investment than the stock market! Keep an eye on the Grace & Ted shop for Hermès pieces so you too can own a piece of fashion history.


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Grace & Ted is a designer resale clothes shop in Bath, England. We sell new, vintage and pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women both online and in-store. Take a look at our online designer clothes shop for our latest finds, contact us by phone or email for a digital shopping service or visit us at our designer boutique to see our full collection.


 

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How To Shop at Grace & Ted

Grace & Ted is a treasure trove of designer goodies. Brimming with clothing, shoes and accessories; it can be difficult to know where to start your search. That’s why we thought we’d arm you with some tips so that you can shop efficiently and effectively – hopefully helping you in your quest for your next designer discovery.

Grace & Ted isn’t your typical retail store, items aren’t arranged by size and rails are packed with an array of styles, fabrics and labels.

Know what you want. Whether it’s a brand new white shirt for work, some killer heels for a date or a dress for your sisters graduation, it helps to have a rough idea of what you’re looking for, particularly if you’re short on time!

Items in G&T are arranged by ‘category’ – much like when online shopping, you’ll find all the skirts together, shirts and evening tops side by side and dresses organised by formality.

Find your size. Once you’re in the right place, look for the size cubes on top of each hanger. Labelled 8/10/12/14 or S/M/L – narrow down the selection by picking out your size. If you’re in between sizes it’s always worth trying up or down as designer labels can vary so much. D&G, for example, is usually true to size – Prada can come up small and Max Mara is often more generous.

Consider alterations. It’s so easy to change an item from not-quite-right to perfect – and we know the most talented tailor and dress maker for the job! There is no reason why you can’t have the Celine dress from the Spring 2015 collection you thought you’d lost forever just because it’s slightly too big.

Try something different, bring friends. Wouldn’t normally wear pink? Never choose sleeveless and wouldn’t dare go above the knee? The beauty of shops like Grace & Ted is the variety – it enables you to try things you might never have considered. Bring your friends, mum, dad or anyone who’ll give you an honest opinion on how great you look!

How To Shop at Grace & Ted

Speak to us. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Just ask. It pays to tell us if you’re looking for something in particular. We may have pieces not yet put out for sale or items that are off-season and not on the shop floor. So if you’re heading for the Mediterranean in January and everything looks ready for Winter, just ask us because we might just have exactly what you’re looking for.

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Spring 2017 Trends

Spring might seem like a distant dream but on those days when the sun breaks through and you feel the warmth on your skin (thats been alien for so long!) it’s the perfect time to think about your new season wardrobe.
Here we choose our favourite Spring 2017 trends that have come straight from the catwalk and into Grace & Ted…

Sheer

Bring out your inner boudoir babe and get sheer on the street. Finally an opportunity to stylishly show off that bra you spent a fortune on and if you’re brave enough, maybe the matching undies – we have a jumpsuit perfect for the occasion!

 

Pretty in Pink

Pink is back for Spring but this time it’s not just about pastels! Think rose, fuchsia, flamingo, bubblegum and peach; go all out in any shade you like!

 

The Trench

Always the go-to fail safe coat of choice that will last seasons over; if you haven’t invested in a trench coat, now is the time. Layer up in Winter or wear over a casual dress in Spring, buy oversized for a modern twist or keep it belted to accentuate your waist.

 

Florals

We know, how original…but after months of being wrapped up in shades of grey and black, you can’t deny florals are a welcome sight in Spring. Brighten up your day and don’t stop at clothing – flower power your accessories too!

 


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Grace & Ted is a designer resale clothes shop in Bath, England. We sell new, vintage and pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women both online and in-store. Take a look at our online designer clothes shop for our latest finds, contact us by phone or email for a digital shopping service or visit us at our designer boutique to see our full collection.


 

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Louis Vuitton Noe Bag

The Louis Vuitton Noe was the world’s first bucket bag. Originally created in 1932, it is the second oldest style from the famous fashion house.

Louis Vuitton often created new bags as a solution to what we now refer to as ‘first world problems’. The Speedy bag (now undoubtably one of the brands most coveted styles) was first made for Audrey Hepburn who needed Vuitton’s keep-all made smaller so it was suitable for everyday use.

Similarly, when Gaston-Louis Vuitton was contacted by a champagne producer who needed a stylish bag in which he could transport his vintages; the result was a sleek bucket bag with a drawstring to secure the bottles from rattling. (For reference, the full size Noe holds five bottles of bubbly…)

Named ‘Noe’ in reference to the biblical hero Noah who, when he left the Ark after the flood, planted grape vines on the mountains of Ararat.

The Louis Vuitton Noe was originally crafted in a pale champagne coloured leather but can now be purchased in Epi leather, Azur Damier and monogram. It may be one of Louis Vuitton’s oldest designs, but the bucket bag re-emerges as a favourite style almost every year. Versatile, practical and understated, every wardrobe should have one – why not invest in the original?

We currently have 4 Noè bags in two sizes in monogram, Epi and Vachetta leather so you can choose the style that you’ll treasure forever. Shop them as they’re being added to the site or call us on: 01225 461 518 to get your hands on one before anyone else!


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Grace & Ted is a designer resale clothes shop in Bath, England. We sell new, vintage and pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women both online and in-store. Take a look at our online designer clothes shop for our latest finds, contact us by phone or email for a digital shopping service or visit us at our designer boutique to see our full collection.


 

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4 Must Have Accessories

Accessories can take an outfit from average to amazing with very little effort. Throw on the right pair of sunnies for your trip into town and suddenly you’ll be glad you bumped into your ex ‘cos you look smokin’. Pair the right earrings with a simple black dress and you’ll be walking tall and looking chic all night long. Here, we discuss why you should invest in these 4 must have accessories

The Belt

Belts are understated and rarely utilised as often as they should be. Not only do they add a different dimension to an outfit, they often give us the opportunity to own a piece by our favourite designers that doesn’t break the bank. Stella McCartney, Gucci and D&G have created styles that can work in a million different ways; taking your outfit from high-street to catwalk chic.

The Earrings

Synonymous with elegance, femininity and sophistication; a staple in any woman’s earring collection should be a pair of simple pearl studs. Easy to wear with other earrings and jewellery in silver or gold, they are versatile enough to add a touch of luxury to every day.

The Bag

To purchase your first designer handbag is a big thing for a lot of women. We love it when someone visits G&T and finds the bag they’ve always wanted, or discovers the one they never knew they needed!

It’s easy to spend £50 every few seasons on a new bag but if you really want that Mulberry Bayswater, Anya Hindmarch Pixel bag or Chloe satchel then commit to saving that £50 until you can afford it. We guarantee there will be no feeling like the day you invest in the bag of your dreams; plus you’ll wear it with everything and get years of love from it. Money well spent we say!

The Sunglasses

The right pair of sunglasses can add a touch of chic and luxury to even the most simple of outfits. Pair a white t-shirt and jeans on a Summers day with some mirrored Ray-Ban aviators and you wouldn’t look out of place on Hollywood Boulevard! Take time finding the shape that suits your face and invest in good quality lenses that will protect your eyes from UV rays. Also great for hiding a hangover, but you didn’t hear that from us…


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Grace & Ted is a designer resale clothes shop in Bath, England. We sell new, vintage and pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women both online and in-store. Take a look at our online designer clothes shop for our latest finds, contact us by phone or email for a digital shopping service or visit us at our designer boutique to see our full collection.


 

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A Classic White Shirt

What is it about a classic white shirt? Find the right one and its timeless versatility will never let you down.

For a woman, wearing a white shirt can be seductive, mischievous, authoratitve, chic and a faithful go-to. The perfect piece to take you from day to night by simply changing a few accessories – the ultimate in savvy style!

Invest in a great quality white shirt that fits you perfectly and you will find endless ways to wear it. Brighten up bold prints – be as adventurous as you’d like because nothing clashes with a white shirt! Layer under a strappy dress or jumper with the collar out for a cute preppy style, pair with a statement necklace or simply wear with jeans – if it’s good enough for Marilyn Monroe, it’s good enough for you.

A humble yet must-have addition to your capsule wardrobe; it’s important to find the right fit so be sure to shop around for the right one. Check secondhand designer shops like G&T for brands like Lora Piana, Equipment and Dolce & Gabbana – where you’ll get a classic white shirt that’s exquisitely tailored and a fraction of its original price!

 

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Grace & Ted is a designer resale clothes shop in Bath, England. We sell new, vintage and pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women both online and in-store. Take a look at our online designer clothes shop for our latest finds, contact us by phone or email for a digital shopping service or visit us at our designer boutique to see our full collection.


 

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Smalls For All

Knickers. Pants. Bras. The bane of our lives; they’re often too tight, too loose or the wrong colour for our outfit. How insignificant do these problems become though when you learn how an everyday item for one woman is a life-changing blessing for another?

In Africa, some women have access to only one pair of knickers – or none at all. Those that do, are often considered more wealthy or ‘cared for’ by a male relative and therefore seen as less vulnerable. Who knew that underwear could be viewed as a status symbol or that a simple pair of knickers could make a substantial difference to a woman’s safety? Owning underwear can actually help prevent rape.

While sorting out my bra drawer and realising that I had about 15 that were barely worn, I started researching what I could do with them. That’s when I discovered Smalls For All, a charity set up by Maria Macnamara MBE who was inspired after reading an article about the social issues women and children face when they don’t own underwear.

To this date Smalls For All have donated 271,757 items of underwear to women and children in Zimbabwe and Kenya.

It is too easy to donate underwear to Smalls For All; all you have to do is dish out your gently worn bras and pack them in a box. If you can include a packet of ladies or children’s pants – that’s great too; size 8-16 or age 3-15 is all they need. A packet of 4 cotton knickers in M&S is £5. To think that the equivalent cost of 2 cups of coffee could protect a girl or woman from sexual abuse is a harsh reality to accept; but a small price to pay to make a real difference.

So ladies; I am calling upon you to clear out your bra-drobes – find those that you no longer wear, are too big, small, tight or loose and stick them in a box with a packet of knickers. Once you’ve done that, post them to:

Smalls for All
108 Buchanan Crescent,
Eliburn, Livingston, EH54 7EF
United Kingdom.

Smalls For All make a significant difference to thousands of women every year and let’s face it, now more than ever we need to be sticking together. Happy packing!

Spotlight on Gucci
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Spotlight on Gucci

It’s the brand that created the iconic double G’s and the striking red & green stripe – we take a look at the history behind the hottest designer of the moment and put the Spotlight on Gucci…

Guccio Gucci was born in Italy in 1881 and as a young hotel worker in Paris was impressed with the luxurious, high quality luggage guests brought with them. He later returned to Italy and in 1920 opened a shop in Florence that sold leather goods in a classic style. Gucci began to produce high quality bags, shoes as some items of clothing and opened more shops in Milan and Rome.

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Due to leather shortages during World War II Gucci made handbags using cotton canvas distinguished with a double G ‘web’ pattern and striking red and green stripes. After the war, pieces were embellished with a crest inscribed with the family name – still seen on some items today.


Following the brands success, Guccio’s sons Aldo and Rodolfo expanded further in 1953, opening offices in New York City. Soon film stars and the world’s elite were seen wearing Gucci’s bags, loafers and clothing – turning the brand into an international status symbol. The years between 1947 and 1966 saw the introduction of flowers, butterflies and bamboo handles on bags and the iconic horse-bit was adorned to loafers.

In the 1980’s the brand struggled due to family disputes and in the early 2000’s they were in a seemingly relentless battle with counterfeiters (including taking out a lawsuit against Guess for ‘imitating their trademarks.’) However, a positive turnaround began with the appointment of Dawn Mello and Tom Ford as editor and ready-to-wear designers.
Now overseen by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Gucci is enjoying a huge surge in popularity. In the new collections we can see the iconic flower and butterfly patterns popular in the 1940’s and bags are brazenly sporting the monogram canvas or striking metal GG embellishments.

Grab it while it’s hot and shop our collection of Gucci here or check out our current favourite pieces below.


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Grace & Ted is a designer resale clothes shop in Bath, England. We sell new, vintage and pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women both online and in-store. Take a look at our online designer clothes shop for our latest finds, contact us by phone or email for a digital shopping service or visit us at our designer boutique to see our full collection.