How the UAE is embracing the Pre-Loved Fashion Market
14 February 2023
In 2021, the market revenue for second-hand luxury goods or pre-loved fashion was estimated to be just below 5 billion U.S. dollars worldwide but by 2027, it is projected to almost triple in size reaching a value of 14.7 billion U.S. dollars.
Where once upon a time, buying second-hand goods was frowned upon, today they are not only acceptable but have become mainstream in the market. The appeal of this unicorn industry has grown exponentially in the last two decades as consumers seek better value for their money and contribute to sustainability efforts.
It can be challenging to start a business in the UAE, especially when the market can be unpredictable, but once you know the ins and outs then it can be extremely rewarding. Let’s find out how you can start something of your own and break into the fashion industry.
Why start a pre-loved fashion business?
The preloved or pre-owned fashion industry is on the rise , different generations are proud to purchase pre-loved items and call them their own. With the retail market pioneering and transforming its resale strategy, many entrepreneurs are taking the plunge and bringing their passion to life.
In 2019 alone, the fashion resale business grew 25 times faster and soared to 80 billion dollars compared to other retail sectors. Being part of a circular business model, entrepreneurs recognize the flow of goods from one purchaser to another.
These shoppers want new, on-trend, products, and find ways to either discard their old ones or sell them to purchasers that want them. These are luxury, classic, vintage, or rare items that are in demand in the market.
What is the business all about?
There is demand for buying these products and a successful venture can be formed which will bring them to the market and make way for a new set of consumers who want to purchase them at a fraction of the original cost.
A loyal base is formed where pre-loved goods sell faster than ice-cold water in the hot weather of the UAE. Through this movement, you not only score big brands at half the price but you play an important role in preserving the environment by purchasing used goods that can be reused again which eliminates the wastage of materials.
What are its benefits?
UAE, especially Dubai, has a high-end clientele that wants to own premium or vintage goods. Bags, shoes, clothes, or jewelry from luxury brands such as LV, Gucci, or Hermes– sell like hotcakes in the golden city.
With the pre-loved fashion business having its own economic and environmental benefits, it would be a shame not to invest in this lucrative business. Some of the most significant motivators of this business are linked to understanding consumer demands and sustaining business performance. By considering these benefits, entrepreneurs can craft their marketing models according to these motivators. With all these perks, it is undeniable that the resale fashion business is here to stay.
Who is taking part in it?
Online platforms such as ASOS, Boohoo, and Marks & Spencer are also supporting resale businesses as they are committed to selling reused and recycled fibers that minimize waste and improve the long-term durability of the garments.
Big brands such as Burberry and Gucci are also partnering with consignment services to collect and resell their pre-loved goods so that they won’t be misused or thrown in the market since it may be a matter of their reputation.
The SMBs are also excited about this amazing opportunity. Buyers, resellers, and distributors are enthusiastic about starting their own pre-loved fashion businesses either on vintage apparel, designer brands, or various product categories as they know there is an enormous demand for it not only in UAE but in other parts of the world.
What are the requirements?
Department of Economy and Tourism mandates that certain requirements must be met to ensure your business has the necessary approval for operations within borders:
- Passport Copy
- Visa Copy
- Latest UAE entry stamp from the passport
- NOC Letter if currently on employee residence visa
- Emirates ID Copy
- Passport size photo
- Three (3) proposed company names
How can EZONE help you start your pre-loved fashion business?
If you’re looking for a unique business opportunity with plenty of rewards, the pre-loved fashion business is the way to go!
With just AED 5,750 you can start your own business today! To know more about our offers, please call us at 800-EZONEUAE or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us welcome you to the world of pre-loved fashion.