Second-hand is the new black

Trawling the rails for clothes at a Free Troc Party in Paris

The Connexion examines the reasons for the rising popularity of second-hand clothing in France – where personal jumble sale parties are the next big thing... and can sell-out in minutes

People are increasingly buying second-hand clothes rather than new from the High Street.

Figures from the Institut Français de la Mode show there was a 2.9% decrease in sales of new clothes in 2018, and that there has been a 15% overall loss in value in the clothing market since 2007.

A study carried out for the Institute found that 44% of those questioned said they bought fewer clothes in 2018. Of those, 60% said this was because of budget constraints and 40% said they wanted to buy less but better for ecological and ethical reasons.

Meanwhile the second-hand clothes market ...

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