Cledja - Browsing & Buying

How do I buy a product from cledja.com?

You can buy the products you find from cledja.com from the original second-hand website they are sourced from. Click the "Shop from" link when you are on the product site, and you are redirected to the second-hand store where you can purchase the item.

Why I can't buy the product on Cledja's site?

The idea of Cledja is to help in searching and curating second-hand fashion items from multiple different platforms and websites - we focus on curating products you might be interested in and then redirect you to the platform to finalize the purchase.

In the future, it might be possible to purchase the product directly from Cledja's site. We are still testing the Cledja business idea, and the current site is our first MVP of the product.

The product I would like to buy is not available. What do I do?

We are sorry that the product is not available anymore! We update the site daily to remove products that are sold out, but sometimes we fail to remove the product immediately when it has been sold. This leads to a product being presented on Cledja's site, that is not anymore available on the original platform.

We apologize for the frustration :( But hopefully you'll find a replacing product from all the second-hand fashion options out there!

Can I return the product if it doesn't fit?

This depends on the platform - some platforms offer return rights whereas others don't. Cledja does not handle any payments nor shipping or returns, so to understand if you have a return right, you need to visit the original platform to read their Return Policy.

Does Cledja take a commission from the sale?

As we are still just testing the service idea of Cledja, we do not take any commission from the sales that occur through cledja.com. This might change in the future though, when we will update the information.

Cledja Curation Process

How does Cledja curate the products that are on the site?

We curate products based on four principles: 1) Style, 2) Quality, 3) Brand, and 4) Price.

Style
Currently, as we are still testing the idea of Cledja, we are curating fashion items in classic, minimalistic, Scandi style. We know this doesn't fit everyone's style (and we don't want it to fit, that would be a boring world!), but at the moment we have the capacity to only cater to a certain style group. We will add more different styles to cledja.com in the future.

Quality
The quality of fashion items is one of the most important curating principle for us. We estimate the quality of the clothing based on the material and brand. The process of estimating the quality depends based on each item.

Let's open this through examples. In terms of some brands, such as Ganni or Toteme, we trust the quality of the brand, when all products that fit the Cledja style aesthetic can be curated from the brand. In case the brand is fast fashion/high street brand, such as COS or Arket, we pay more attention to the material. Some fast fashion and ultra fast fashion brands we don't curate at all, as they don't fulfil our quality standards.

You can read more about our process in estimating the quality of the clothing here.

Brand
At Cledja, we divide brands into three categories: 1) Brands fit for Cledja's platform, 2) Brands fit for Cledja's paltform in case they meet our quality standards, and 3) Brands that don't fit Cledja's platform.

Read more about the brands we curate and don't curate in next FAQ questions.

Price
We don't curate products that are under 30€. Mostly we curate products in 50-200€ price point.

Which brands does Cledja curate?

We curate multiple different brands for the Cledja site.

Some of the brands we curate include:

  • A.P.C, Acne Studios, Almada Label, Alohas, Arakii, Arket, Axel Arigato, By Malene Birger, ByMalina, COS, Dagmar, Diesel, Djerf Avenue, Filippa K, Flattered, Frankie Shop, Ganni, Gomme des Garcons, LeCapsole, Loewe, Maje, Marimekko, Mejuri, Rodebjer, Samsoe & Samsoe, Sandro, Soft Goat, Source Unknown, Stine Goya, Stock lm, Stylein, Theory, Toteme, Veja, Vintage brands

Which brands Cledja does not curate?

Some of the brands we do not curate at all:

  • Bershka, Bikbok, Boohoo, Cotton on, Cubus, Fashion Nova, Forever21, Lager 157, Lulus, Miss Selfridge, Missguided, Nasty Gal, New Look, Only, PrettyLittleThing, Primark, Pull & Bear, River Island, Romwe, Shein, Stradivarius, Tally Weijl, Zaful.


The brands we might curate in small amounts and special occasions in the case the products are unique and match our quality and style guidelines:

  • &Other Stories, ASOS, H&M, Kappahl, Lindex, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Monki, NA-KD, Topshop, Uniqlo, Vero Moda, Vila, Weekday, Zara

What is the price of the products Cledja curates?

We don't curate products that are under 30€. Mostly we curate products in 50-200€ price point.

I would like to see more diverse styles in the curated products. When will this happen?

Currently, as we are still testing the idea of Cledja, we are curating fashion items in classic, minimalistic, Scandi style. We know this doesn't fit everyone's style (and we don't want it to fit, that would be a boring world!), but at the moment we have the capacity to only cater to a certain style group.

We will add more different styles to cledja.com in the future, but we don't yet have a precise timeline for this.

Material Care Guide

How to care for wool products?

Wool, with its natural elegance and enduring comfort, deserves your utmost attention. Remember, the most sustainable wool garment is the one you cherish and maintain with care, ensuring it stays with you for years to come.

1. Clean Gently
Wool doesn't need frequent washing. In fact, over-washing can weaken its fibers. To keep your wool fresh without washing:

  • Air and Refresh: After use, air your wool items to release any trapped moisture.
  • Brush Gently: A soft clothes brush can help remove surface dirt and maintain the wool's texture. Our go-to brush is Kent-brush from Arkivè Atelier.
  • Spot-Clean with Care: Tackle small stains locally to avoid unnecessary washing.
  • Steam for Revival: Use a steamer to rejuvenate your wool, eliminating bacteria and smoothing the appearance.

2. Wash with Wisdom
When your wash, do it mindfully:

  • Choose Wool-Friendly Detergents: Opt for gentle, eco-friendly detergents specifically designed for wool and silk.
  • Protect in a Laundry Bag: Wash your wool items in a laundry bag to safeguard them.


3. Remove Lint
Wool that would not get lint is an urban legend - every wool products needs love and care.

  • Opt for a Lint Shaver: A lint shaver, like Steamery, is ideal for wool, ensuring careful removal of lint without damaging the fabric.

4. Show love with repairs

  • Embrace Minor Fixes: Repairing small issues like loose threads or tiny tears not only extends the life of your wool product but also contributes to a more sustainable fashion cycle.

5. Store with Care

  • Store Smartly: Keep your wool products folded in a dry, ventilated space. Hanging can stretch and misshape wool garments over time.
  • Clean Before Storing: Ensure your woolens are clean before storing them, especially for extended periods, to prevent damage and pest infestation.
  • Add Natural Freshness: A sachet of lavender or cedarwood chips can keep your stored woolens smelling fresh and deter pests.

How to care for leather products?

Leather, with its timeless appeal and robust character, demands dedicated care. The key to a sustainable leather item is in how you maintain and cherish it, ensuring its longevity and enduring style.

1. Clean with Consideration
Leather benefits from gentle cleaning. Excessive or harsh cleaning can strip its natural oils and lead to damage. To care for your leather:

  • Wipe Gently: Use a soft, dry cloth to regularly dust off your leather items.
  • Condition Regularly: Apply a quality leather conditioner every few months to keep the leather supple. Our fave leather conditioners are from Arkivé Atelier.
  • Spot-Clean with Precision: Address spills and stains promptly using a damp cloth, then dry it naturally, away from direct heat.

2. Protect Wisely

  • Water-Resistant Treatments: Consider using a water-repellent product to protect against moisture and stains.
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Store your leather items away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and drying out.

3. Address Wear and Tear

  • Embrace Light Buffing: Use a soft leather brush or cloth to buff out minor scuffs and maintain the leather's sheen.
  • Seek Professional Help for Major Repairs: For significant damage, consulting a leather specialist is recommended to ensure expert care and restoration.

4. Store Smartly

  • Shape and Support: Use shaped holders or stuffing for bags and shoes to help maintain their form during storage.

How to care for silk products?

Silk, renowned for its luxurious smoothness, requires a touch of grace and attentiveness in its care. The secret to a long-lasting silk garment lies in how delicately and thoughtfully you treat it, ensuring it remains a cherished piece in your collection.

1. Gentle Cleaning is Key
Silk's delicate fibers need soft handling. Over-cleaning or harsh methods can harm its texture and sheen. To maintain your silk's radiance:

  • Air and Refresh: After wearing, let your silk breathe. This helps to release odors and moisture.
  • Spot-Clean with Precision: For small stains, gently dab with a mixture of lukewarm water and mild detergent. Avoid rubbing the fabric harshly.
  • Steam with Care: Use a low heat setting and preferably steam while the silk is slightly damp, or place a cloth between the iron and the silk fabric.

2. Wash with Wisdom

  • Hand Wash with Gentle Detergent: Use a mild detergent and lukewarm water. Gently swish the silk in the water without twisting or wringing it.
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Ensure all soap is rinsed out using cold water.
  • Air-Dry Away from Sunlight: Hang or lay flat to dry in a shaded area, as direct sunlight can fade and weaken the silk fibers.


3. Love in Repairs

  • Delicate Fixes: Address any tears or loose threads promptly. Due to silk’s delicate nature, consider a professional for repairs to ensure the best results.

4. Store Smartly

  • Avoid Folding: Store silk hanging or rolled to prevent creasing.
  • Keep it Cool and Dry: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture to prevent damage and fading.
  • Use Breathable Covers: Protect your silk with natural-fiber garment bags for long-term storage.

How to care for denim products?

Sustainable denim care is about maintaining the fabric's quality and character over time, ensuring your denim pieces remain staples in your wardrobe.

1. Wash Sparingly
Denim benefits from less frequent washing. Excessive washing can fade color and weaken the fibers. To keep your denim looking its best:

  • Air and Refresh: Hang your denim to air out after wearing. This helps release odors and moisture.
  • Spot-Clean When Necessary: Address spills or stains by spot-cleaning with a mild detergent and cold water.

2. And when you wash, Be Mindful

  • Turn Inside Out: This helps preserve the color and prevents surface abrasion.
  • Cold Water Wash: Use cold water to prevent shrinkage and color loss.
  • Gentle Detergent: Opt for a mild detergent and avoid bleach to maintain the denim's integrity.
  • Air-Dry Naturally: Avoid the dryer. Hang or lay flat to dry to maintain the denim's shape and prevent shrinkage.

3. Address Wear and Tear

  • Embrace Natural Fading: Denim naturally fades and wears over time, which adds to its character.
  • DIY Repairs: Small rips or tears can often be mended at home, adding a unique touch to your denim.

How to care for cotton and linen products?

Cotton and linen, celebrated for their natural breathability and comfort, share similar care needs. Proper maintenance of these fabrics ensures they remain enduring favourites in your wardrobe.

Note about linen: remember, that linen usually shrinks 3-4% in the first wash - although in second-hand you have an upper-hand, as probably the clothing has been already washed and the size is as it is.

1. Gentle Cleaning for Natural Fibers
Both cotton and linen are best maintained with gentle cleaning methods. Over-washing or harsh treatments can compromise their natural qualities. To care for these fabrics:

  • Air Out Regularly: Allow cotton and linen garments to air after wearing to release moisture and odors.
  • Spot-Clean with Mild Detergent: Treat small stains immediately with a mild detergent and cold water, dabbing gently rather than rubbing.

2. Wise Washing Practices

When laundering cotton and linen you don't need to be as careful as with wool and silk, but it's still good to be mindful. Remember that linen is a fabric that usually shrinks in the first wash!

  • Wash in Cold Water: Use cold water to prevent shrinkage and preserve the fabric’s integrity.
  • Gentle Cycle or Hand Wash: Opt for a gentle machine cycle or hand wash to protect the fabric's fibers.
  • Natural Detergents: Choose mild, eco-friendly detergents to maintain fabric quality and be kinder to the environment.
  • Avoid Overloading: Wash in small loads to prevent excessive twisting and pulling of the fibers.

3. Drying and Ironing

  • Air-Dry When Possible: Hang or lay flat to dry. Avoid using a dryer as the high heat can shrink and weaken the fibers.
  • Ironing for Crispness: Iron cotton and linen while slightly damp on a medium-hot setting to remove wrinkles and achieve a crisp finish.

How to care for viscose/lyocell products?

Viscose, lyocell, modal, and rayon, also known as cellulose fibers, are not as gentle materials as wool and silk, but require still mindfulness in care.

Note: remember, that cellulose fibers usually shrink in the first wash - although in second-hand you have an upper-hand, as probably the clothing has been already washed and the size is as it is.

1. Gentle Cleaning

  • Air and Refresh: After wearing, let the garments air out to release body odors and moisture.
  • Spot Clean with Caution: For minor stains, use a soft cloth and a mild detergent solution, dabbing gently without rubbing.

2. Mindful Washing
When washing viscose, lyocell, or modal:

  • Cool Water Wash: Use cold or lukewarm water to prevent shrinking and maintain color integrity.
  • Gentle Detergent: Opt for a mild detergent, ideally one formulated for delicate fabrics.
  • Hand Wash or Delicate Cycle: Hand washing is preferable, but if using a machine, select the delicate cycle and use a mesh laundry bag.
  • Avoid Twisting or Wringing: Gently squeeze out water without twisting, as these fibers are more delicate when wet.

3. Caring for Wrinkles

  • Use a Steamer for Wrinkles: If the fabric becomes wrinkled, a gentle steamer is often the safest way to smooth it out.

How to care for synthetic fiber products?

Synthetic fibers, such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, and elastane, are known for their durability, resilience, and versatility. Even though synthetic fibers are not seen as quality materials for clothes, in some clothing items, such as athletic wear, they still are the best material out there. Proper care ensures these fabrics maintain their functional qualities and appearance over time.

1. Effective Cleaning Methods
Synthetic fibers often require less intensive care compared to natural fibers. However, appropriate cleaning is crucial to maintain their qualities.

  • Regular Washing: Synthetic garments usually handle machine washing well. Use warm water for heavily soiled items and cold water for regular washes.
  • Mild Detergents: Opt for mild detergents, avoiding those with bleach unless the garment is white and can handle harsher chemicals.
  • Spot-Clean When Needed: Treat stains immediately with a gentle stain remover appropriate for synthetic fabrics.

2. Washing and Drying Considerations

  • Avoid High Heat: High temperatures can damage synthetic fibers. Use a lower temperature setting for both washing and drying.
  • Gentle Spin Cycle: Use a gentle spin cycle to prevent excessive wrinkling and stretching.
  • Air Dry When Possible: Air drying is preferable, but if using a dryer, choose a low heat setting. Avoid over-drying.

3. Ironing and Wrinkle Care

  • Low Heat Ironing: If ironing is necessary, use a low heat setting and avoid direct contact with the fabric by using a pressing cloth.
  • Steam Out Wrinkles: A steamer can be effective for removing wrinkles without the risk of melting or damaging the fabric.

4. Consider the Environment

  • Microplastic pollution: Synthetic fibers release microplastics to our waters when washed. Consider using a GuppyFriend-bag or washing machine filter to stop most of the microplastics from entering the waters.