You have your hair artfully piled up on top of your head and you’ve just bought some oversized glasses. The man on your arm is wearing his skinny jeans and his James Dean hairstyle. You nabbed your Grannies cardi last time you were home and now all you need are some fabulously vintage tea dresses to finish off the look! Where can a girl go…??
Here is a lovely list of our Frisking the Whiskers favourite Vintage shops in and around London town that make us jump up and down with glee!
One of a Kind, 253 Portobello Road W11 1LR
This is a little Aladdin’s cave in the heart of Portobello road where you could easily while away many an hour. Every inch of this little store is adorned with vintage finds, from floor to ceiling. You can find everything and anything here, from delicately embroidered Victorian blouses, to silk 50s negligees and 60s shift dresses. Hidden away in the back is a little shoe shrine with Vintage footwear from every decade. They stock some glorious fur coats too- but they don’t come cheap!
Victory Vintage, 151 Queensway W2 4YN
Tucked away in Whiteleys Shopping centre, this is a real gem of a Vintage shop. A limited amount of stock, but very well laid out, they have cherry picked the best bits for you and done away with the ‘generic vintage fillers.’ Beautiful printed 50s dresses from £125 that are in pristine condition and small fur jackets from £350. The ladies that shop here mean business. There is also a good selection for men, from quirky bowler hats to smart suits.
Absolute Vintage, 15 Hanbury Sreet E1 6QR
A bit like the Primark of Vintage stores, this ticks a lot of boxes and at good value for money. Do not expect hidden gems or real silks here mind, this is catering to the vintage masses. You will find lots of 80s dresses and blouses from £25 and if you’re on the lookout for a leather satchel- then you will not be disappointed. There is also a huge array of shoes and boots for you to get your greedy little mitts on. The Lambrini of the Vintage world as opposed to a fine Merlot.
Rokit, 101/ 107 Brick Lane E1 6SE
A mecca of a Vintage store for Londoners that dwell in the East, and so good they have two stores, only a few doors apart! They have a good range, covering decades 1940s-80s and at affordable prices too. Best finds- denim hot pants in an array of colours, perfect for festival season, and 80s blazers, I mean who doesn’t love dogtooth and shoulder pads?? Vintage guys- you are well catered for, from pastel suede loafers to double denim. Everything is well labelled and sections are clearly marked out which makes shopping an organised affair as opposed to ‘every man for himself.’
Happy shopping people, hands off that little peach negligee, its mine!