As retro sneakers returned to the marketplace, the demand for authentic and vintage items escalated. In 1999, the most trusted source for sneaker seekers to satisfy that demand was vintagekicks.com.
Through its first six years, Vintage Kicks established a well-noted reputation for curating the finest selection of hard-to-find sneakers, supplied by an international network of trusted consignors, and making each pair available to global customers committed to owning them.
By 2005, Vintage Kicks' position of prominence among sneaker buyers and sellers, and its ever-growing inventory, warranted evolution. And Flight Club was established to better represent its efforts in making rare and authentic sneakers available all around the world.
The first store opened its doors in April 2005 at 254 Greene Street in New York, offering a physical location for local customers and consignors to visit while expanding its consigning and selling operations. Flight Club explored locations throughout SoHo and the Financial District, and briefly popped up in Japan, before adding a California shop at 503 N Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles and settling in at 812 Broadway in New York.
The do-it-yourself nature of the Internet, from building your own website to arranging auctions and classified listings, hasn’t always been conducive to effectively selling sneakers. VintageKicks.com developed the model in 1999, effectively arranging today’s best practices for showcasing and selling sneakers to prospective customers around the world. Flight Club mastered those fundamentals.
Consigning with Flight Club truly is sneaker selling simplified. The most active step a consignor takes when arranging an 80/20 consignment relationship with Flight Club is providing the merchandise — and that can be arranged by mail on sell.flightclub.com, or by dropping items off at the stores in New York and Los Angeles.
Flight Club stands by your property. They shoot detailed, high-resolution pictures for e-commerce; market high-demand sneakers and obscure classics across its growing social media channels; and handles in-store sales, storage, and shipping to destinations around the world. And checks valued at 80% of the final sale prices are available every Tuesday for consignors whose items sold throughout the previous week.
It’s what Flight Club does each and every day at industry-leading volumes. It’s an airtight system that’s been at the core of the business since 1999 that no other marketplace can match.
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For nearly a decade, Flight Club has been the premiere destination for locating the rarest and most coveted sneakers ever produced. From limited editions to unworn vintage sneakers, Flight Club has fresh pairs of your must-haves and your sneaker grails.
Today, they welcome thousands of daily customers and ship hundreds of sneakers around the world from its two locations. And they’re always brand new and guaranteed authentic. With Flight Club, customers don’t need to camp outside the stores or stay connected to the Internet for raffles, lotteries or RSVP alerts. There are no preorders or reservations. As long as the item item is in stock, all customers are empowered with the same opportunity to acquire the sneakers they want.
Flight Club is the only place where you can still try on those hard-to-find kicks — whether they released a decade ago or they're an unreleased Friends & Family pair — and decide if they’re right for you. Whether it’s a rare collaboration that only released internationally, or a limited running sneaker that was exclusive to a small boutique, Flight Club connects you with the items you want.