Resale is one of the fastest-growing facets of fashion right now, driven by a desperate need for more sustainable shopping habits and a spreading-like-wildfire love of archive digging. One of the most difficult things about cracking the code to online vintage, though, is knowing what and how to cop. With resale platforms like Grailed and Vestiaire Collective allowing us to navigate archive pieces easier than ever before, it’s never been more simple to get your hands on grailed gems.
Few designers have an archive as extensive or as coveted as that of Raf Simons, with certain pieces selling for as much as $47,000. As the Belgian designer moves into a new phase of his career at the co-helm of Prada, his eponymous label’s archive begins to take on a new meaning, settling further into its position as part of fashion history. And, while Raf Simons’ recently released Archive Redux collection takes a retrospective look at the past 25 years of collections, it’s certainly not cheap and also no patch on bagging some real vintage Raf.
In Raf Simons’ world, sweaters hold great importance. Oversized knits and graphic work crewnecks have become some of the designer’s most signature looks. So, in honor of one of the best to ever do it, we took to the ‘net to round up some of the best vintage Raf Simons sweaters we could find.
Shop the best vintage Raf Simons sweaters we found below.
While Raf Simons’ SS19 show will go down as a sure sign of the beginning of the end of high fashion’s obsession with streetwear, the collection's hoodies were, ironically, highlights. Bright satin tailoring stole the runway limelight but in the world of ready-to-wear, Raf’s signature integration of portrait photography made this hoodie a definite attention-catcher.
FW16 Varsity Sweater
Fall/Winter 2016 may well be, for the sweater lovers among us, one of the most memorable Raf Simons collections ever. The collection culminated in a set of wildly oversized woolen V-neck sweaters brimming with varsity style. This red number features distressed hems throughout which provide a pithy contrast to the usual cleanliness of prep.
FW05 Poltergeist Sweater
Dating back to Fall/Winter 2005, this archive Raf Simons sweater is a serious case of if you know, you know. As part of the collection entitled History of My World, this sweater stood out as an incongruous, strong visual element to a collection defined by tailoring and dark eeriness.
SS02 Poem-Panel Sweater
Roll the years back to SS02, when Simons based his Woe Onto Those Who Spit On The Fear Generation… The Wind Will Blow It Back collection on the 'somber state of world affairs'. The grungy Spring/Summer 2002 collection was typified by moody monochrome pieces like this dropped-shoulder sweat finished with a poem to the chest.
SS12 Wool Vest
Much of Raf Simons’ appeal lies in his ability to leave unmistakable, signature marks on classic pieces. That ultimately makes most of his work timeless. This wool sweater vest from Spring/Summer 2012 acts as the perfect example. With sweater vests making a comeback right now, this 9-year-old number could have been walked down the runway just days ago.
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