Vaunte is the online members-only consignment shop for the wealthy (usually the nearly wealthy) and the famous (usually the nearly famous) who want to clean out their closets, make a little scratch and get a punch in their famewhore card. Founded by two former Gilt Groupe employees, the flash-sale site offers up the pre-loved selections of a daily "Starlet," usually a mid-tier magazine editor or the owner of an online boutique you've never heard of. Each has a feature-ette discussing their fabulousness accompanied by photos of the ladies making duckfaces and elbow poses like there's no tomorrow. The Vaunte people, who have a lot of "connects," take a 30%-40% commission and you get to say you own the old slingbacks of an "entrepreneurial investor."
Berkus' Vaunte offerings
Today marks the first time a man has been asked to contribute, and everybody's favorite design elf Nate Berkus was the Chosen One. Nater Bug found 136 items he could definitely live without and an awful lot of it looks like the fourth aisle in at HomeGoods. Maybe because he will soon be combining households, the Nate-inator is ready to get rid of even sentimental pieces: "There’s a set of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage that I went and brought with me to Africa that I took to the opening of Oprah’s school and actually used and loved, but I’m just paring down and ready to move on from them."
Here's Circus Berkus showing off a few of the items he's selling while looking like a twink back-up dancer from a 1986 George Michael video:
Nate Berkus on Selling His Old Prada, Hermes and More [The Cut blog]