Five of the best high-end vintage shops London has to offer
Dodge the mothballs and find classic couture at the best designer vintage shops in London
Such an image may have put you off vintage shopping. But fear not: a number of posh vintage clothes shops in London shatter this stereotype. Here, mothballs are swapped for slick, chic spaces, with an expertly curated selection of classic pieces displayed on neatly organised rails.
Here’s a selection of the best vintage boutiques London has to offer.
Vintage Modes, Mayfair
Vintage gold-plated ruby red rhinestone bracelet by Trifari, from Vintage Modes (Photo credit: Vintage Modes)
With an inimitable triad of vintage dealers in one space, Vintage Modes is a classic haunt for stylists and vintage aficionados, with a collection of rare and hand-picked vintage costume jewellery that is unmatched. Set in Grays, the largest antiques centre in London, finding Vintage Modes in the labyrinth of antique shops can be tricky, but absolutely worth it.
William Vintage, Marylebone
Jumpsuit from from the runway of Paco Rabanne in 1994, William Vintage (Photo credit: @williamvintage Instagram)
Set up by British fashion expert William Banks Blaney in 2010, William Vintage’s customers include the likes of Tilda Swinton and Gillian Anderson. Most refreshing about William Vintage is the shopping experience itself: the clean and airy shop space, filled with wearable and hardly worn garments, is miles from the fusty thrift shops and musty scent that we commonly associate with ‘vintage’.
One Vintage, Knightsbridge
Embroidered leather jacket by One Vintage (Photo credit: @onevintagedesigns Instagram)
A bespoke brand in the heart of Notting Hill, One Vintage has been creating unique garments from antique textiles in 2004. Behind the label is Marcelle Symons, a seamstress not afraid to tear apart Victorian corsets, dye them pink and These idiosyncratic pieces, set in the striking mirrored interior of the shop, attract a celebrity clientele that includes Jade Jagger, Claudia Schiffer and Victoria Beckham. And of course, as the name suggests, all pieces are uniquely designed, so you’ll be buying a one-of-a-kind.
Juno Says Hello, Ladbroke Grove
Original 1940s silk dress in pink and grey (Photo credit: @junosayshello Instagram)
Specialising in vintage dresses, this boutique stocks a chic collection of frocks from tea dresses to evening gowns hosting big names such as Oscar de la Renta and Caroline Herrera. A seamstress is at hand to make alterations on the spot, or to assist with fittings. For a personalised shopping experience, book an appointment to browse the showroom in Primrose Hill over a glass of wine.
Vintage Emporium, Brick Lane
The most atmospheric boutique on our list, Vintage Emporium has a comfortingly cosy setting, adorned with vintage armchairs and sewing machines and stocks an unmatched selection of stunning Edwardian and 1950s pieces. We know that shopping can be thirsty work, but fear not: Vintage Emporium houses a Victorian-style tearoom upstairs serving coffee and herbal teas for your refreshment.