VINTAGE STORES DIRECTORY
We've all heard the adage "the most sustainable garment is the one already in your wardrobe" and yes it's true, buying less is with out doubt the single biggest change we can all make (as consumers). But it's unrealistic to think we're all going to stop shopping altogether, so before looking for something new, vintage is for sure the best choice. Not only are you eliminating any impact of making new clothing completely - like air, land and water pollution - but you're also reducing the amount of post-consumer fashion waste, an enormous problem, that we've written about before.
There is more to vintage shopping than meets the eye; whether you are looking for a peer to peer resale platform, an online vintage boutique, a curated vintage shop or a kilo store, there is something for everyone. So give vintage shopping a go this "Second Hand September" - a month long movement encouraging us to buy-used for 30 days. To help you hunt out your vintage finds, we made a directory covering the best places for vintage shopping in some of our favourite cities in the UK, Germany, Netherlands and the US... with a little help from our friends.
VINTAGE SHOPS IN AMSTERDAM & ROTTERDAM
ROSKI YARD VINTAGE
A unique curation of vintage designer and archival fashion by co-founders Freya Roski and Debbie Yard. At Roski Yard you'll find find statement pieces from brands Helmut Lang, Alaïa, Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier any many more.
Visit ROSKI YARD VINTAGE at Timorplein 44. Showroom open by appointment Thu 11-18h & Sat 12-17h.
AMSTERDAM noord & ONLINE
Wondering where the locals go? For an insiders guide, Cathelijn Blok - art historian and founder of the Titty Mag, shares her vintage hotspots in Amsterdam :
1. WEAREVINTAGE - Easygoing boutique selling casual vintage clothing for men & women.2. MICK KEUS - Jeans atelier making tailored / custom fit denim and leather pants / jackets from vintage stock.3. NHO GIRL * - Recycled wardrobe specialized in smaller sizes - showroom by appointment.
4. GIMME GLITTER - Sourcing beautiful vintage treasures to share with you.5. ROSKI YARD VINTAGE * - Vintage designer and archival fashion based in Amsterdam - showroom by appointment. 6. ENSŌ VINTAGE - The beauty of imperfection - a curated selection of up-cycled, designer, and vintage. 7. MARBLES VINTAGE *- Handpicked vintage with 3 stores in Amsterdam.
8. MAZSEL VINTAGE - An online vintage clothing store who also do pop up markets at Sexyland World.
9. RÊVEUSE VINTAGE - The one-stop-vintage-shop for all dreamers since 2019.10. VERSE GOOD STORE* - Sustainability & inclusivity driven labels, with a selected vintage selection in store.11. DEAR HUNTER (ROTTERDAM) * - Finest vintage clothing and accessories for in-store purchase and rental.
*in-store shopping only.
AMSTERDAM, dePijp & online
LUCILLE is a shop for all people, carrying an array of vintage and thoughtfully made clothing, homewares, beauty products, incense, other things that smell wonderful, vintage furniture and stereo components. Everything they carry shares the common qualities - well made and not mass produced. Curated by Hannah and Nico - a couple from Los Angeles - a wardrobe stylist and a musician by trade, who opened LUCILLE in August of 2020 with an aim to curate community and comradery.
You can visit online or in real life at Van Woustraat 52 H, 1073 LM Amsterdam.
THE COLLECTION ONE
AMSTERDAM OOST & ONLINE
AMSTERDAM, de pijp & online
In 2019 Andrea & Liseth started Ensō from a desire to wear modern clothing without harming people or the planet. At Ensō you can find high quality curated modern vintage. Ensō handpick every single item with a lot of passion - they see thousands to find “the one”. For Ensō there is no such thing as waste - next to curated vintage items, they also up-cycle vintage in their atelier in Amsterdam.
You can visit online or in real life at Albert Cuypstraat 36 in Amsterdam.
THE NEW STUDIO
VINTAGE SHOPS IN BERLIN
LOPPIS VINTAGE STORE
NOT TOO SWEET
Not Too Sweet is a BIPOC, female owned sustainable fashion brand built on being ethical and cruelty-free. Since 2013, they've been selling vintage clothing, ethical jewelry and reworked vintage from local Berlin fashion designers, with the goal of to embracing diversity and promoting sustainable fashion for all genders and place emphasis on comfort and durability.
You can find Not Too Sweet at Weserstr. 165, 12045 Berlin.
VINTAGE SHOPS IN LONDON
Since 1986, Cenci has sold to celebrities, stylists, collectors, theatre companies and fashion houses in London. Cenci is the place to go for authentic vintage clothing made beautifully in exquisite fabrics. With originals of every shape and form from all periods from the Thirties to the Nineties and hundreds of thousands of pieces available in the stockroom or on the shop floor. You won't find Cenci in central London, but tucked away in West Norward, with nothing marking their door but a small green label that lets you know you've found the right place!
Nordic Poetry was founded by Swedish born Ameli Lindgren who had a vision to elevate the perception of vintage with a brand purpose. Starting life at Boxpark Shoreditch, in 2017 they set-up shop at 141 Bethnal Green Road. All the time Lindgren’s reputation for deciphering and curating the best garments was steadily growing, drawing recommendations as London’s best vintage designer store from likes of Vogue and Highsnobiety.
Visit Nordic Poeerty at 141 Bethnal Grn Rd, Hackney, E2 7DG.
EAST LONDON & online
Born out of a life-long love of vintage and an growing awareness of the environmental impact of the fashion industry, Retold was created to make vintage and second-hand clothing inspiring and accessible to as many people as possible and promote positive change to how we shop. Based in east London each item is handpicked and you can find new collections dropping every other week on the website.
Find them Retold at Stephen House, 1 Darnley Rd, Hackney, E9 6QH.
Wings Vintage is a supplier of unique, authentic second-hand clothing. They ethically source heavenly, pre-loved and pre-owned clothes from around the world - empowering diversity and maintaining low costs, and consistently stocking clothes that are suitable for all ages and genders. You can find Wings online and regularly popping up at local events in London.
GO EAST VINTAGE
LEYTON, EAST LONDON
East Londoners, Louisa and Onur founded Go East Vintage Flea Market in 2021 to bring sustainable shopping, music, eating and drinking under one roof, with a fun, festival atmosphere. They have hand-picked some of the best traders to represent Go East Vintage, and with help from local singers and Leyton warehouse venue Patchworks, they've been hosting monthly events where you can find an array of vintage treasures.
Catch Go East Vintage on select dates at 258 Church Rd in Leyton E10 7JQ.
UK VINTAGE SHOPS, OUTSIDE LONDON
jojo's GENERAL store
JoJo's General store is a specialist vintage menswear store located in Sheffield, England. Suppliers of authentic military, workwear, sportswear & contemporary classics. You'll find Jojo General Store, better known as Rag Parade Sheffield on the Ecclesall road, a unique spot for collectors of iconic menswear with vintage finds from brands like Barbour, Belstaff, Grenfell, Stone Island and CP Company.
Visit Jojo's General Store at 553 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PR
Open Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm
LANCASHIRE & ONLINE
My Vintage is a family run business who are just as passionate about making you happy as they are about their unique vintage and retro pieces. Their online vintage emporium and vintage shop in Darwen, Lancashire is filled to the rafters with amazing pieces of unique vintage clothing. They source their unique vintage items from all over the world and cater for as many tastes, shapes and sizes as possible; advocating for positive body image and offering a styling service to help you find the perfect vintage piece.
Smooth Cactus is an online vintage store for premium sportswear, streetwear and workwear. Get your Stone Island, North Face, Stussy, Palace Nike and Carhart fix without having to sweat the latest drop date.
VINTAGE SHOPS IN NEW YORK
Lower East Side, NEW YORK
Recently featured in GQ's 100 best clothing stores in the world, Procell is cult vintage store filled with the best selection of 80s & 90s apparel & accessories for men & women you'll find anywhere. Rare tees from the likes of Wu Tang and 2Pac, sit alongside vintage Polo Ralph Lauren, and nostalgia heavy designer peices from DKNY, Moschino and Versace. The brainchild of Brian Procell and Jess Gonsalves, Procell was founded in 2012, when curated vintage was relatively new, and now boasts a celebrity clientele from Frank Ocean and Drake to Cara Delevigne.