Fashion bounty hunters like Gab Waller are the future of luxury shopping to find elusive Chanel and Balenciaga items
It’s a fast-growing industry, with Waller also hosting selections for UK sourcing app Sourcewhere, which launched in January and has been profiled by vogue as “the future of luxury shopping”.
“Buyers have never had more choices, but they still struggle to find what they’re looking for,” says Erica Wright, CEO and Founder of Sourcewhere.
“Whether it’s a fashion-savvy shopper investing in multiple pieces, or a new shopper saving up for a timeless Chanel bag they’ll treasure forever, all customers are considered luxury shopper who can and should be able to access a service that helps them find what they are looking for.The future of luxury shopping is personal, and sourcing is proving to be the driving force behind it.
In the Jackalope suite, Waller’s selections at Chanel, ranging from shoes to swimwear, captured the most attention with visitors from Sydney and Adelaide.
“Chanel is always hot, especially with accessories rather than ready-to-wear, unless its bikinis,” Waller says. “I get a lot of requests for Loewe, especially a rainbow dress, and there’s always a request for Miu Miu and Prada.”
Demand for items from Bottega Veneta and Dior has declined, but this could be due to direct access rather than the fickle nature of fashion. Dior’s Sydney flagship reopened this year with more accessories and easier-to-buy clothes for Australian customers.
“My business is based on these parts that don’t make it here,” Waller explains. “The only time they will come to see me is if there is no more stock in store. With some pieces it’s like surfing, you have to have them while they’re hot, and before they get overexposed.
For Waller, working as a fashion bounty hunter is about more than money and trips to fancy hotels. It’s the thrill of being killed.
“There’s a brown Chanel 22 bag that a customer requested, and I haven’t been able to get another one yet…yet.”
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