Sustainable Fashion at Mercado 32

Mercado 32 prides itself on bringing sustainability to the Perth fashion scene and is not like any other secondhand store you have ever seen in Perth. Not only does Mercado 32 reduce the amount of clothing in landfill they also believe giving clothes a second lease on life that they are taking steps to make the world better place for the future.

Mercado, meaning market, is exactly that – a place to buy, sell & trade gently worn second hand clothing. And the 32? Well that is a homage to the owner Katey’s hometown in Tuscon and new home Perth (both on the latitude of 32 degrees).

The name serves to remind us the interintwined nature of the global economy & that each item we own has a own long and complex history – from field, to factory, to our closet. In turn, this gentle reminder aims to encourage thoughtful behaviour in how we consume and how we protect these beautiful places we call home. This is the philosophy that Katey & Mercado 32 foster, sustainability by promoting slow fashion concepts, that and the desire for lovely things.

But if you have ideas of dim lighting, musty smells, crinkled clothing and sub-par dressing rooms then you need to stop now, Mercado 32 could not be further from this picture. Mercado 32 is beautifully lit with natural daylight streaming from the big front window, all clothes are steamed and then hung with curated care into style & size (and yes every size is available to buy or sell) and accessories are lovingly placed around the store on shelves. The dressing rooms are also welcoming with a full length mirror, mini stool for your bag and vintage hooks to place your finds on.

When hunting in Mercado 32 I found some truly amazing pieces, from unique vintage to on trend pieces and high end luxury designers.

Outfit 1:
Country Road blouse
Magraw vest
One Teaspoon denim shorts

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Outfit 2:
H&M leather pants
1 Fell Swoop top
Angel Jackson bag

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Outfit 3:
Club Manaco dress (worn as a top)
Victoria Beckham skirt
YSL Mombasa bag

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Outfit 4:
Portland Blouse
Malene Birger skirt (Danish designer)

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Outfit 5:
Love & Lemons dress

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

Sustainable fashion at Mercado 32

On top of these labels I also found (just naming a few):

  • Gucci (yep a pristine never been used limited edition Gucci bag)
  • Jeffrey Campbell
  • Givenchy
  • DZHUS
  • Sass & Bide
  • Isabel Marant
  • Roberto Cavalli
  • Balmain
  • Missoni
  • Thurley
  • Vintage Paloma Picaso
  • Camila Skovgaad (Denmark designer)
  • Vintage leather bags

And the designers in store are forever changing and rotating so you will always find something new each time you walk through the door.

So why choose Mercado 32? Mercado 32 is the perfect solution for those with an overflowing wardrobe of beautiful clothing still in great condition, for those hunting for unique finds or those that care about the sustainability of the fashion industry.

Mercado 32 really is the place where you can spoil yourself and feel good about it!

 

Photography credit: Halcyon Lane Photography

JB xx

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