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 ebay, 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 takes up residence 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.
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.
FW19 Oversized Sweater
While this oversized, cropped number only dates back to FW19, it finds its roots a few years earlier. In FW17 Raf Simons dropped a set of sweaters cut to exactly the same silhouette, with the only difference being that the graphic to the front read “I Heart NY”. In the same font and dimensions, this FW19 issue replaces NY with Simons’ initials. This piece revolves around its dropped shoulders which act as the starting point for a beautifully eye-catching, draping fit.
FW15 To The Archives No Longer Relevant Hoodie
FW15 saw a sign that Raf Simons was growing tired of fashion’s unrelenting pace. Stripping things back to basics, the designer’s collection was walked between scaffolding in a dark warehouse with standing room only. Lab coats filled out with sharpie sketches and raw hems were the dish of the day, but the ready-to-wear offering shone, too. This hoodie is an easy way to incorporate vintage Raf Simons into your everyday style.
FW02 Nebraska Sweater
This one might be considered cheating, but we couldn’t overlook it. Raf Simons recently took a retrospective trip through the archives in his Archive Redux collection which revived a handful of iconic RS designs. The label’s Nebraska crewnecks have always stood out, so we were more than relieved to see a bunch of the styles resurrected from FW02.
FW09 Layered Knit Sweater
One of the defining characteristics of the Raf Simons archive is the designer’s fascination with tailoring and the ways that it can be chopped and screwed. FW09 played host to alien tuxedos and, as it happens, some beautiful subversions of classic knitwear. This layered wool sweater embodies the style with a striped neck falling into a soft, lightweight neutral knit. Subtle yet effective.
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.
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