No “second-hand” – Vintage shops London
Forget the dusty interiors of second-hand stores, tons of creepy clothes flooding the racks and the peculiar smell of thrift-shop. London has lots of unique vintage stores, driven by the vibe of their founders and owners. Some of those places refer to their merchandise as “treasures”, not simply clothes. Those pre-owned treasures are often referred to as “pre-loved”, which emphasises the passion behind those.
You can choose from countless brands and various price ranges, so be sure to pick a treasure prefect for you. Some places offer typical street-fashion while other focus on true Haute Couture. Most vintage stores also have an e-commerce, so it’s a good idea to check their stock online before visiting.
Here’s our comprehensive guide to pre-loved fashion in London!
20 Pembridge Road
A mixture of music and goods exchange empire. Founded in 1967 by eccentric entreprenuer Brian Abrams it is the longest running chain of buy-sell-trade shops in the UK and epitomises the counter-culture aesthetic that was so prevalent at the time. Retro Woman specialises in vintage and second hand designer clothing. You can find there anything from vintage Chanel bags to Margiela Tabi boots, 1920’s Gatsby gowns to current season Tom Ford.
at Topshop, Oxford Circus
Founded in 1991, first at Portobello Road, now at Topshop Oxford Circus and online at ASOS Marketplace. Pieces which are truly original and luxurious – Peekaboo works closely with celebrities and stylists.
15 Hanbury Street
The girls that work there are lovely and so helpful and knowledgeable about their vintage stuff! Absolute Vintage emerged by selling unique vintage shoes in Notting Hill, and their founders became successful trendsetters with their eye-catching selection and colourful displays.
225 High Street, 42 Shelton Street, 101 Brick Lane, 107 Brick Lane
The store is filled with unique one-off vintage and second-hand clothing, including footwear, accessories, knitwear, party dresses, ski jackets and sheepskin jackets.
6 Upper Tachbrook Street
Focused exclusively on vintage clothing & accessories, designer, avant-garde pieces, retro and paraphernalia from the Victorian era to the 1990’s.
8 Golborne Rd.
Unique and independently owned vintage boutique stocking clothing and accessories, ranging in style and content from the 1920’s to the mid 80’s. Mus go place if you love Vivienne Westwood, Azzedine Alaia, Bill Gibb, Comme des Garcons, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Malcolm McLaren, Pucci, Ossie Clark, Rachel Auburn, Thea Porter or YSL.
6 Monmouth Street
Every garment goes through a rigorous selection process before being sent out to one of Pop Boutiques. The owners love vintage clothing- for them it’s not just a job or a business, it is a lifestyle!
259 Portobello Road
This Portobello Road vintage haven is a favourite celebrities spot, such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Lindsay Lohan. Find inspiration from old Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent clothing, so rare that prices are far from thrift level!
4 Cheshire Street, 388 Old Street, First Floor
Stocking a beautiful edited collection of menswear and womenswear from the 1920’s through to the 1980’s with particular emphasis on the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Plus vintage bride (by appointment only)!
Camden Lock Place
An eclectic mix of stores and stalls selling vintage, original fashion, hand-crafted accessories, unique gifts and everything in between.
the grounds of St. Marylebone Parish Church
Come early and you may find a once-worn Mulberry handbag or pair of Jimmy Choo’s. Cabbages & Frocks Market is the place not only for fashion but also for special food.
55 – 59 Hanbury Street
Blitz London is the biggest and best vintage department store in London. This massive five-room Victorian Warehouse in Shoreditch, East London has been listed in Vogue.com among their top 10 things to do in British capital.
With over 20,000 hand-selected pieces and fresh deliveries each and every week, Blitz secures the ultimate shopping experience.
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