Raey Is Shutting Down—Here's What I'm Buying Before It Closes

It's my go-to for chic basics.

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With close to 20 years in the fashion industry, I’ve not only seen it all—but also know how to parse through the endless sea of stuff. What’s worth buying? What’s not? In Self Checkout, you’ll find my highly specific recommendations with a few picks from my most knowledgeable, stylish friends. 

News broke late Thursday that Matchesfashion is shutting down, which is a blow to online shoppers everywhere. Matches started in 1987 as a brick-and-mortar store, and when it later launched e-commerce, it became a go-to shopping destination up there with Net-a-Porter, My Theresa, Moda Operandi, and the like. It sells luxury brands like Alaïa, Dries Van Noten, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, and The Row—but the one brand knowledgeable fashion insiders always rave about is Raey

Launched in 2015, Raey is Matches’ in-house brand that specializes in unassumingly chic basics that can be worn season after season. I can confidently say that there’s going to be a run on these clothes—they’re that good—so here’s a list of what we should buy ASAP.

Nikki Ogunnaike at fashion month

Editor-in-chief Nikki Ogunnaike during Fashion Month.

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Nikki Ogunnaike

Nikki Ogunnaike is the Editor in Chief of Marie Claire US. She has previously held roles at Harper's Bazaar, GQ, ELLE, Glamour, InStyle, and Vanity Fair. You may also recognize Nikki from her time as the host of Snapchat’s Online, IRL and IGTV's The Run Through. Based in Brooklyn, New York, in her free time Nikki enjoys running half marathons, learning about wine, and watching reality TV without an ounce of shame. You can follow her at @nikkiogun.