From Depop to pop up

In recent years the second hand buying and selling site Depop has been gained a lot of popularity. Being one of the most used e-commerce sites (especially by Gen-Z) competing with the likes of e-bay and etsy, Depop is becoming a household name. The app prides itself on making vintage clothes and handmade products accessible as well as allowing for easier sustainable shopping, it’s no mystery why Depop is so popular, especially with debt-laden students.

Whilst the app is an amazing way to shop second hand, for some it has created a livelihood and an entry into the fashion industry. Depop has pathed the way for individuals to build careers, such as Shop Fran, a brand created by Franchesca Gillespie.

Starting off as a regular Depop seller Franchesca was able to turn a hobby into a business. Now a verified user with over 2,000 sales, Franchesca started out by sourcing distinctive secondhand and vintage pieces creating a unique style which in time began to form a brand.

This growth allowed for the launch of a website back in September 2020, when she started sourcing more name brand on-trend items by designers like Ed Hardy, Evisu and even Dior. With an eye for vintage and designer, she has curated a collection of Y2K streetwear including both more masculine and feminine pieces. Since its launch, the shop has become more and more established, dressing influencers like Malin Tomkins and Tegan Barker.

Recently, Shop Fran has been added to Urban Outfitters’ Marketplace community which sets up pop up shops in stores around the country. Following a successful pop up in Nottingham in August of this year, Urban Outfitters has invited the shop back for a second in their Marble Arch store in London on the 4th and 5th December, keep it in your diaries.

As seen on celebrities like Bella Hadid, Shop Fran’s archive is full of rare pieces, and due to their vintage USP, every item is of course 1 of 1 which adds to the exclusive experience when shopping on the site. With drops every Saturday, there is always something new to grab — don’t miss out and give a second-hand garm a forever home.

Find Shop Fran here

Jordan Ricketts