Shopping for vintage 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 in London, to streamline your shopping process.
The Best Vintage Shops in London
You might not be able to get your hands on the special archive pieces founder Jeff Ihenacho keeps aside for his VIP regulars such as Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, but visit this vintage shop on Portobello Road, quote any era to the knowledgeable staff and find unique one of a kind pieces to spruce up your winter wardrobe. 259 Portobello Road, London W11 1LR
Chiswick Auction House has a rich vintage fashion department, headed up by Meg Randell, well-known and highly regarded in her field with a background in fine art and a vast knowledge of designer handbags. Check out their catalogue of auctions, with viewings happening in South Kensington as well as Chiswick. The next date for the Designer Handbags & Fashion is Wednesday 13th February at Chiswick Auctions’ HQ.
The first place you’ve gotta go for vintage fashion 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
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