Gossip Girl Costume Designer Eric Daman Thrifted Looks for the New Show; Now He’s Partnering with thredUP to Help Consumers Get the Look

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7 min readJul 15, 2021

Eric Daman, Emmy award winning costume designer of Gossip Girl, just revealed that he thrifted outfits for Gossip Girl 2.0. He’s now partnering with thredUP, one of the world’s largest online resale platforms, to launch three curated thrift boxes that make it easy for consumers to get the look.

“I have always been passionate about thrift,” says Daman. “My obsession with thrifting goes back to when I was a kid in the 80s scouring local thrift stores for incredible, idiosyncratic pieces. Thrift was always the more niche shopping choice, but a lot has changed in the past 15 years since Gossip Girl first launched. The way young people dress has changed, and my style direction for the continuation of the show reflects that shift. People are thrifting to score unique finds and to make a better choice for the planet. I had so much fun thrifting for the show and loved shopping on thredUP to curate these thrift boxes. I hope the boxes show how easy it is to achieve a cool wardrobe by thrifting.” — Eric Daman, Gossip Girl Costume Designer

Shoppers can visit thredup.com/nycthrift to choose from 3 New York City style themes:

The Upper East Side, The Lower East Side, or The Brooklyn box, and receive 10 thrifted items, curated by Daman, to try before they buy:

  1. The Upper East Side Box: For coffee on the steps of the Met. Get 10 preppy looks with Ivy League potential, like A-line dresses, flats, and chic blouses.
  2. The Lower East Side Box: Manhattan glam meets edgy. Get 10 fashion-forward styles for nights out. Think LBDs, moto booties, and all things leopard print.
  3. The Brooklyn Box: Rule breakers, this one’s for you. Get 10 athleisure looks inspired by the better borough. Vibe with fanny packs, oversized tops, and biker shorts.

thredUP has millions of items across 35,000 brands from Gap to Gucci, with constant like-new arrivals that are great for your wallet and the planet. Each NYC thrift box will offer ten unique styles. Below are examples of the types of product you could receive in your Upper East Side, Lower East Side, or Brooklyn Box to fit your size and budget:

Upper East Side:

Lower East Side:

Brooklyn:

IRO Jeans denim shorts, $34.99 | Calvin Klein t-shirt, $14.99 | Baja East sweatpants, $72.99

“We were so excited to learn that Eric thrifted clothing for Gossip Girl 2.0. Styling the series with a mix of new and thrifted fashion reflects how Gen Z really shops today, and we’re thrilled to partner with Eric to bring those trends from the small screen to closets everywhere. With Eric’s stylist eye for the coolest looks and thredUP’s massive inventory of millions of secondhand items, we can’t wait to deliver consumers their dream thrifted wardrobe.” — Erin Wallace, VP of Integrated Marketing

Thrift Like A Pro — Here are the Five Items Eric Loves to Style Secondhand:

1. Handbags: I love thrifting for a fab, idiosyncratic handbag. It’s always a real treasure hunt! One of my faves is the Red Fendi Baguette recently spotted on the Met Steps.

Shop similar bags on thredUP:

2. Statement Dresses: For one big soiree scene I recently thrifted a sensational Jean Paul Gaultier dress that is a real show stopper! You too can find incredible one-of-a-kind dresses while thrifting.

Shop similar dresses on thredUP:

3. Jeans: You can’t beat a great pair of secondhand jeans! They only get better with time and wear.

Shop jeans on thredUP:

4. Statement Pants: I found the coolest camo pants on a recent vintage shopping binge. Fab, unique pants are some of my favorite pieces to thrift.

Shop statement pants on thredUP:

5. Leather Boots: Just like denim, leather gets softer and even more luxurious with age. You can’t go wrong with a pair of well worn boots!

Shop similar boots on thredUP:

The Shift to Thrift, Onscreen & Off:

A lot has changed in the last 15 years as consumers have woken up to the realities of fashion’s impact on the planet. Today, the secondhand stigma has faded, and there are more thrifters than ever before. thredUP’s 2021 Resale Report found that 33 million consumers bought secondhand apparel for the first time in 2020, and 76% of those first-time buyers plan to increase their spend on secondhand in the next 5 years. More than 40% of millennial and Gen Z shoppers have shopped secondhand in the past year as they increasingly prioritize value and sustainability.

PRESS ASSETS

About thredUP: thredUP is transforming resale with technology and a mission to inspire a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first. By making it easy to buy and sell secondhand, thredUP has become one of the world’s largest resale platforms for women’s and kids’ apparel, shoes and accessories. Sellers love thredUP because we make it easy to clean out their closets and unlock value for themselves or for the charity of their choice while doing good for the planet. Buyers love shopping value, premium and luxury brands all in one place, at up to 90% off estimated retail price. Our proprietary operating platform is the foundation for our managed marketplace and consists of distributed processing infrastructure, proprietary software and systems and data science expertise. In 2018, we extended our platform with Resale-as-a-ServiceⓇ (RaaSⓇ), which facilitates modern resale for a number of the world’s leading brands and retailers. thredUP has processed over 125 million unique secondhand items from 35,000 brands across 100 categories. By extending the life cycle of clothing, thredUP is changing the way consumers shop and ushering in a more sustainable future for the fashion industry.

About Eric Daman:

Eric Daman is an Emmy® Award winning costume designer, celebrity stylist, fashion and jewelry designer, author, and is emerging as an IG Live event host and television personality. Daman has worked as a costume designer on TV shows and films, including HBO Max’s Gossip Girl, Showtime’s “Billions”, ABC’s period drama miniseries “Astronaut Wives Club”, the CW’s “Sex & The City” prequel — “The Carrie Diaries”, as well as the full six season run of the CW’s hit TV series with a cult following, “Gossip Girl.” Daman’s designs for “Gossip Girl” earned him a 2009 Costume Designerʼs Guild nomination for Outstanding Design for a Contemporary Series and established his reputation as an iconic and influential stylist. Eric was also part of the Emmy winning design team for HBO’s celebrated high fashion hit “Sex & The City,” working as an assistant designer to Patricia Field during seasons 2–4. Gossip Girl’s style continues to be celebrated in the press and on social media, often being called TV’s best dressed and most inspirational fashion show. Allure Magazine listed Daman among “the 7 influencers who could change everything about the way we look” in 2010, and the NY Times Magazine listed Eric in the top 20 “one’s to watch” list in 2011. Daman has collaborated and consulted with companies as a designer, trend forecaster and tastemaker, including alice + olivia, DKNY, Maybelline New York, Swarovski, Charlotte Russe, among others. Daman has also appeared on E! News, The Rachael Ray Show, America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, and several fashion documentaries including “Bury My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman.” Daman is the author of You Know You Want It: Style — Inspiration — Confidence. A Michigan native, Daman earned a degree in French Literature from The Sorbonne in Paris, and currently resides in New York City.

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