Don’t you think that Fashion was much better a few decades ago? Well, we totally agree with you. Here’s a list of some of the best vintage paradises in town spotted by DATS on Harper Bazaar, Fashionista and Time Out websites.
ALFIES (ANTIQUE MARKET)
“This indoor market is home to more than 75 dealers, offering everything from antique silver to mid-century modern furniture - as well as several excellent purveyors of secondhand jewelry and clothing.” A true vintage heaven.
“Portobello is actually several markets stretched out up one long strip of road: antiques start at the Notting Hill Gate end; further up are food stalls; and emerging designer and vintage clothes are found under the Westway flyover and along the walkway to Ladbroke Grove. A visit here is as much about soaking up the vibe as it is about shopping.”
“Internationally famous and a favorite of Vogue editors, owner William Banks-Blaney offers the creme de la creme of vintage clothing, including pristine haute couture pieces from major designers like Chanel, Courreges, Givenchy, Jean Patou, Madame Gres and more. You'll need to book an appointment to enter.”
FROCK ME! VINTAGE FASHION FAIR
The original London vintage fair, held at Chelsea Old Town Hall. It “features curated dealers from all parts of London and bordering towns. Amazing finds from crochet dresses to couture Chanel, and mint condition couture. You may be on the hunt for that specific '90s Alaia dress, '80s Zandra Rhodes hand-painted gown, the perfect pair of Levi's or a worn-in biker jacket.”
DEBORAH WOOLF VINTAGE
It offers “a well-honed selection of gorgeously preserved ’60s and ‘70s garments and accessories from the likes of Biba and Christian Dior, all very reasonably priced (£150-£200 generally) for the quality. Be sure to check the jewelry cases for rare perfume bottles and accessories.”
“This two-floor shop offers a wide selection of affordably priced vintage (starting around £20 and up) sourced from the owners' travels around Europe.”
It’s “a cross between a vintage emporium and a pawn shop (…). It feels a bit like a charity shop, but one where you’re guaranteed to find Vivienne Westwood, Rupert Sanderson, Viktor & Rolf, Proenza Schouler and Alexander McQueen.”