It’s happened to all of us. Sitting on the subway across from a well-dressed gent. The accidental eye contact. The flirty tucking of your hair behind your ears. That last lingering look as you get off the train, a wistful twinkle in your eye. Dammit! You just couldn’t man up to ask him where he found that Junya Watanabe jacket you’ve been coveting for years—and somehow a post on Craigslist’s popular Missed Connections board doesn’t seem quite right when your connection is with an essential piece of outerwear and not a person.
Vestiaire Collective is here to solve this problem with its new service, The One That Got Away. The feature, launching tomorrow, will allow users to upload images of their long-lost fashion loves to a photo board with the hope that one of the site’s other 4 million users has the item and is looking to sell. Vestiaire will also remember everything a user has uploaded to The One That Got Away, so that should someone upload those Prada floral pumps from Spring 2008 in a week’s, month’s, or year’s time, you’ll be the first to know. VIPs of the site will also receive special aid in finding items they’ve missed out on over the years.
Many in Vestiaire’s cabal of cool girls have already been giving the service a spin. Suki Waterhouse tells Vogue.com that she’s after an ’80s Alaïa dress—“It was body-con and just amazing, but it was a little torn and expensive, so I didn’t buy it,” she explains—while Vestiaire’s contributing fashion director, Kate Foley, is on the hunt for Miu Miu’s Spring 2011 leather jackets.
To help jog your memory of what covetable pieces of runways past are worthy of the hunt, six Vogue.com staffers share their shopping white whales.
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