If like us you enjoy a spot of people watching, you will agree that London is the best place for it. This is because not only is London one of the most populated cities on earth (over 8.7 million inhabitants), it’s also home to some of the best of independent fashion boutiques and vintage shops the UK has to offer. As our Hackney space is opening in the coming weeks, we have created a guide to the best vintage shops in our area, for you to check out.
Beyond Retro, a household name on the vintage clothing scene since 2002. Their blend of trend-led, customer-led, and sustainable fashion means they have built a hugely loyal fan base all over the world. Each of their stores is perfectly unique. With fabulously quirky layouts and theatrical displays throughout, their Dalston store even boasts an onsite café! Lovingly filled with dainty vintage cups and saucers, and re-purposed singer sewing machines for tables. We highly recommend having a snoop.
Described as “one of the coolest places in London” by Italian vogue, Pelicans and Parrots is a mixture of classic trend ware and tailored vintage fashion, furniture, and interiors. They collect their objects from all over the world, scouring vintage markets and antique fairs for weird and wonderful pieces. As well as a shop floor filled with fabulous creations, Pellicans and Parrots also offers a secret events space B E L O W. Transformed from a former Turkish social club to a Carrbiean rum shop, only accessed through a secret door via Hang-Up Gallery at 81 Stoke Newington Road. Definitely worth a visit.
I know what you’re thinking. Yes, Oxfam isn’t your standard vintage store. But you haven’t been to their Dalston pitch! Their huge store on Kingsland Road is home to some of the best vintage clothing and analogue music going – with fans of the shop even starting a blog dedicated to the store’s extensive collection of music. Alongside the blog, Oxfam Dalston has its own Facebook and Twitter page – the shop is so well known that Dan Snaith (Caribou) decided to donate 150 records from his own personal collection to the store. If that wasn’t enough, the store also plays host to fantastic gigs, poetry readings, and quizzes.
Versace, Chanel, Vivien Westwood – a few of the names you’ll come across when perusing the rails at Storm and in a Teacup. This small yet perfectly formed boutique is the brainchild of Jo Millar and Claudia Rada, who have spent years collecting their stupendous collection of garments from all over the world. Armed with their collection of one-off garments Millar and Rada opened their doors to the East London community, where they quickly became a big name in the vintage clothing scene.
We love our area and we know you will too. To arrange a viewing why don’t you drop us a line or why not drop in during your next shopping spree – we are always up for a chat!
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