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The street style in London is distinctive as it is individual. Borrowing from trends all over the globe – from Scandi minimalism to Parisian classics, as well as our own British heritage, there’s no shortage of personal style mavens. What better way than to showcase originality, taste and and eye for value than being able to boast a quality vintage find? Although most of the offerings (particularly in East London) are apologies for fashionable finds from past decades, these are the best vintage boutiques in London for all budgets to pick up that one-of-a-kind piece that’s just waiting for you.
Known to real Londoners, Annie’s vintage in Camden Passage is the dress up box of the 1930’s flapper girl. Complete with racks of fur coats, collars and shawls (and vintage is the most ethical way to invest in the real thing), white lace dresses and beaded showstoppers, the most surprising thing about the boutique is it’s affordable prices. From £9 for white kid leather gloves to £120 for a beautiful fur jacket, this place brings stiff competition when it comes to choosing between that high street cocktail dress versus one of Annie’s one-of-a-kind finds.
2 Islington High St, London N1 8ED
Expect vintage Alaia, Christian Dior and Versace – because is there really any other way? This Hoxton boutique boasts a kaleidoscope of highly sought after designer pieces, mostly from the 70’s and 90’s. What’s more, when it comes to store interiors, you’ll find it hard to decipher whether you’re in a too-cool-it-hurts Off White shop or Liza’s. Can’t make it all the way to the depths of East London? It’s shoppable via Farfetch.
9 Pearson St, Hoxton, London E2 8JD
While East London is choc-a-block with flammable dress up boxes full of gaudy, synthetic materials, Blitz manages to offer well-priced (lots of things are around £25) and higher quality vintage garments. Think lots of leather, silk shirts and upcycled pieces, including their own line Remix.
55-59 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP
The Marylebone resident is one of the best high-end vintage shops in the city, with its stock collected from all corners of the globe. And you really couldn’t expect more from the suave gentleman that British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar have crowned ‘The Vintage King’. Look forward to prints galore, haute couture offerings and an emphasis on Gianni Versace. Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham are said to be some of William’s celebrity patrons.
2 Marylebone St, Marylebone, London W1G 8JQ
This post was adapted from my piece for Yoyokulala.com