How Burberry and The RealReal Are Rewarding Shoppers for Practicing Sustainability

Against of a backdrop of climate change protests and luxury companies ramping up their sustainability initiativesBurberry has partnered with luxury consignment marketplace The RealReal in an effort to promote a circular economy in fashion.

According to Burberry, the partnership is a means of educating and directing consumers who wish to consign their Burberry items, or to shop for old Burberry pieces on The RealReal’s site.

“We hope to not only champion a more circular future but encourage consumers to consider all the options available to them when they’re looking to refresh their wardrobes,” said Pam Batty, VP of corporate responsibility at Burberry.

Burberry won’t be providing any of its unsold stock or giving the consignor any exclusive products. Instead, the company has chosen to reward TheRealReal customers who purchase consigned Burberry products more chances to shop the brand via an exclusive personal shopping experience in one of its 18 stores across the U.S.

According to the luxury label, the personal shopping experience will include Champagne and high tea and a personal selection of new Burberry products to shop from, including their latest collection of more than 109 looks.

Like many luxury brands, Burberry has moved to become more sustainable.

Earlier this year, the brand announced it is aiming to eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging by 2025. It has also decided to stop the practice of destroying unsalable finished products after backlash arose when the company revealed it had burned 28.6 million pounds worth of goods.

Burberry isn’t the first luxury company to team with The RealReal. In 2017, Stella McCartney became one of the first designers to embrace consignment. The two launched their partnership in 2018, with McCartney’s U.S. boutiques offering information and programs to facilitate consigning.

Both companies hosted in-store panel discussions with experts about the circular economy, while a Stella McCartney pop-up shop opened at The RealReal’s 8,000-square-foot concept store on Wooster Street in Manhattan’s SoHo.

This story was reported by WWD and originally appeared on WWD.com.

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