Pre-Loved & New
VGL = very gently loved
& like new… our very gently loved items may exhibit extremely minimal signs of use having been used for a very brief period of time, however many will often be immaculate due to never having been taken out for dinner or even out of the house!
GL = gently loved
& lightly used… our gently loved items may exhibit a few visible signs of use including slight blemishes to water spots, light surface scuffs on the base and or corners, to gentle softening of leather, rubbing on handles etc.
L = loved
& looked after… our loved items are characterful numbers and may exhibit a wonderful lived in look, from rich patinas, softening of leather, darkening of handles and or base edges, to light water spots, tarnish or wear to hardware or leather.
All our items are always in fabulous condition…
Whilst we sell the occasional new item, the majority of our stock is in beautifully looked after pre-loved or pre-owned condition. Each item you see on our website has a unique specification to cover both design elements and the condition of the product. As we value each item as a “one off”, a full set of images and description enable you to gain a very good idea before you buy! All our images and copy are produced in house by our experienced team and each item is honestly described, so there are no surprises in the post.
We only sell pre-owned items in beautiful condition, however it is useful to remember there may be a degree of individual character on the item, dependent upon age, level of usage and leather or fabric type.
This is why we have our 3 pre-loved levels of condition.
Many people enjoy the character associated with a gently loved or loved leather, which offers a wonderful degree of individuality simply unavailable straight from the shelf.
Individual character on luxury leathers often really adds to the provenance of your truly authentic pre-owned handbag. For example darwin leather or NVT (natural vegetable tanned) leather by Mulberry are tanned aniline products. Although designed to gain an exceptional vintaged appearance and patina over time, this type of leather is also susceptible to light water spotting from rain etc and may therefore display characteristical qualities through even the most gentle usage.
On each of our products you will find annotation for one of our 3 pre-loved categories of condition… VGL (very gently loved), GL (gently loved) and L (loved)
Further to the above our vintage (V) and rare (R) abbreviations will occasionally be applied alongside one of the main categories. When you see VGL (R) on the item description page this denotes a pre-loved and hard to find or collectible item. An item with NEW (V) means this is a new (never used) vintage item etc.