Shopping for vintage fashion is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. But when you find a good piece, it’s worth the search. Shopping from vintage stores is far more sustainable than shopping from the high street, it gives you access to not just what’s on trend now, but what’s been on trend in other era’s, it gives you more individuality, AND, you can often find rare pieces from designer brands. If you want to dip your toes into the wonderful world of vintage shopping but sifting through endless rails of endless tat doesn’t quite suit you, here’s a round up of the best vintage shops for fashion in London, to streamline your shopping process.
The Best Vintage Shops in London
The first place you’ve gotta go for vintage is no doubt Brick Lane. Head to Serotonin, a kitsch, curated treasure trove of designer vintage. Their selection of trousers is wondrous but the display isn’t cluttered – the perfect beginning for a vintage-shopping virgin. Seratonin Vintage London, Brick Ln, Weavers, London E1 6SA
From fur to accessories, tweed to eveningwear, Emma Goldman in Notting Hill is a must-visit pit stop for vintage fashion. They specialise in iconic British brands such as Burberry and Barbour, so go grab a gem and take inspiration from their lookbook online. 112 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, London W10 5PS
Not all vintage, not technically in London. This vast online store has every brand you could possibly want – it’s basically eBay, but LUXE. Garments, accessories, jewellery and shoes may be second-hand, but quality control assures near-perfect condition. Excuse us while we all the vintage Chanel to our Christmas wish list.
Again, not technically in London. But it’s too good not to include. Xupes’ ‘hard to find’ collection features pre-owned, rare items such as a 58-year-old Georg Jensen necklace and a 64-year-old Rolex. Xupes Limited, The Wheat Barn, Wickham Hall, Hadham Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 1JG
Since hitting the streets of Toronto back in 2003, House of Vintage can now also be found on Brick Lane and in Hackney, and is ideal for those wanting a wardrobe made up of 1940’s, 50s and 60s pieces. 4 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH and 28 Amhurst Road, E8 1JN
Blackout II in Covent Garden is a vintage lovers’ heaven spread over two floors. Having been there for 20 years, these guys know what they’re doing, so bring a full wallet and enjoy the selection of bits and bobs from the 20s to the 80s. Blackout II, 51 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9AJ
From coats to dresses, jumpers to shirts, there really is something for everyone at Beyond Retro. Its stores are easily accessible from the high streets of London and offer a huge selection of men’s and women’s vintage fashion and accessories. Stores in Soho, Dalston, on Brick Lane and in Brighton
Christie’s third Handbags & Accessories auction on 12 December focuses on the rarest and most sought-after vintage and current pieces. Over 200 items start from estimates of £800 chosen for their rarity, luxurious materials and exotic colours. Feast your eyes on the display at Christie’s, King Street. christies.com
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