Back to my favorite type of shopping, ‘vintage‘!
London is a bit different to New York, in that you won’t find as many ‘designer vintage’ shops. London is great for retro and 1960s pieces though. It’s not really my thing, as I can’t make myself wear polyester! Though if retro is what you love, London is definitely your destination.
There are two chained vintage stores that are scattered all around London and are great for those retro finds, ‘Rokit‘, is great for redesigned denim shorts, (they call them ‘recycled’) and military jackets. The second chain is called ‘Beyond Retro‘.
I always thought vintage pieces by British designers like Alexander McQueen or Stella McCartney would be an easy find in London. Unfortunately, not so much, it’s a bit tricky I have to say.
Yet again it is all about the search, digging around for those beautiful pieces and taking your time. If vintage shopping were too easy, it would loose its charm, don’t you think?
It’s such an amazing feeling when you find something special, so dig, search, explore and reveal those hidden museum pieces.
1) London is much more spread out than Manhattan, so take your time to browse through each shop as they are scattered all around town. There’s no way you can see all the shops I’ve listed in just one day as with my New York recommendations. Take your time and concentrate on one area at a time. If you find yourself on Portobello Road (Notting Hill area), check all the stores here thoroughly before moving on to Shoreditch and so on…
2) If I had to pick just one area of London for designer vintage, I would recommend the Portobello Road/ Notting Hill areas.
3) Have fun with it and wear comfy shoes, you’ll walk a lot!