Who’d ever of thought that wearing decades old clothes worn by our parents and grandparents generations would ever be cool…and yet it is. Whether you’re after an amazing leather jacket, some classic Levi’s, retro sunnies, pretty party dresses, awesome bomber jackets or some killer boots, vintage shopping is the way to go. And it’s not just clothes you can find in the mix – incredible furniture (admittedly some questionable), books, trinkets, ornaments and taxidermy aplenty are all readily available. But just what cities are best for vintage shopping, and more specifically, what shops? Here’s our top picks of vintage stores to ensure you go home with well above your 20kgs baggage allowance (sorry about that…):
NY is a vintage LOVERS dream. First up, head to Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn where you’ll find an enormous selection of clothing, accessories and jewellery. If you’re looking for a little European flair, pay a visit to Amarcord Vintage (with locations in both Soho and Williamsburg), which has 1940’s to 1980’s clothes on seasonal rotation. On a budget? Friends vintage at Harrison Place offers an affordable alternative to high priced vintage, and has everything from grunge, goth, and some incredible classic 80’s and 90’s styles – hello snakeskin split skirts and oversized tees.
Paris is known for its sense of style and sophistication, and it’s certainly not let down on the vintage front. If you’re looking for affordable couture, vintage suitcases, and clothing from big name brands such as Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, you have to check out Le Monde Du Voyage, Paris’s best flea market. Make sure you also include a visit to GoldyMama, which literally stocks EV-ERY-THING – even wedding dresses. If you’ve not exhausted your funds, try out Didier Ludot – crazy expensive but with labels beyond your wildest dreams!
Brick Lane market, Portobello Road, Soho…London is an absolute mecca for vintage lovers. Starting in Convent Garden, head to Blackout II for clothing from the 1920s to 80s. Want to shop where Kate Moss shops? Check out Rellik on Golborne Road – it’s stacked with top quality clothing and Japanese designer wear. For the ultimate experience, you just have to visit Camden Market, if not for the tourist value alone. Stables Market is best here for vintage and second hand clothing, but the many offerings of Camden will keep you amused for hours.
Amsterdam is famous for many things, vintage shopping amongst them. Thrift stores, vintage boutiques and flea markets are prevalent in Amsterdam, with many located in the 9 streets district. Joosje at Spuistraat 62 has an incredible selection of dresses, coats, shoes, bags and unworn vintage jewlerry dating back to the 50’s, whilst Wini at Haarlemmerstraat 29 is great for the guys, with some great 50’s style polo shirts and, if you’re into it, flared jeans. Laura Dolls is also great for party dresses and vintage lingerie. We could go on forever but basically, vintage in Amsterdam rocks!