History

With mass production and mindless spending taking over, we want to be an antidote.

We strive to offer unique garments, worthy of investing in.

 

We believe in investing in clothing, because it makes us think before we buy. It makes us reflect on our style and how we want to portray ourselves. It makes us consider the thought and time that went into designing each garment. It makes us treasure garments and wear them until they become our own. Making each piece of clothing become more personal and a part of oneself.

 

So we search the globe and closets in Belgium for special pieces from avant-garde designers.

Why? Because they offer timeless designs that and superb quality that already have proven to withstand the test of time. And in the end, the cost-per wear and love-per-garment will be much higher.

2010

That’s how we started in 2010: bargain hunting for vintage designer items. But this quickly evolved further: Why not share these finds and make these designer clothes accessible for more people?

2013

In 2013 we opened little stores on eBay and second hand sites; but we got disappointed by the disproportionate low bids, and felt these were not representative for the quality garments we were selling. 

2015

So in 2015 we decided to launch our official webstore, VANIITAS, selling worldwide. We try to keep a healthy balance between consignment pieces and vintage treasures we found online and in Antwerp. 

Van•i•tahs

A Vanitas is a symbolic painting, originating in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th century.

It depicts a still life, often including skulls, candles, dried flowers, music instruments and watches.

All of these symbolize the passing of time and act as a reminder that life is only temporary,

so we must better enjoy it while we can.

 

And what better way to enjoy it than get up every morning and drape ourselves in luxury?

Mission Statement

At VANIITAS we don’t believe in fast fashion and the mass consumption of clothing.

 

The high street chains keep on getting more expensive, while maintaining their doubtful production practices and without improving their garments’ quality. This results in making the cost per wear equal to those of new luxury items.

 

That’s why we’re trying to keep our consignment rates low, so we can compete with these high street chains, offering top notch quality designer pieces at competitive prices.

 

We focus on Belgian, Japanese and avant-garde brands since they mostly produce in Europe or Japan, giving the consumer a superb quality and offering everyone in the supply chain a fare wage.

 

As we don’t believe in mass consumption, we believe in shopping sustainable. By buying secondhand, you’re not contributing to the big waste pile, while looking fabulous at the same time.

 

That’s also why all of our packaging is made of natural materials and is 100% recyclable.