Fashion bargain hunting: The best second-hand shops in the world
What’s a holiday without some serious shopping? The next time you find yourself in Tokyo, London, Paris, New York or Barcelona, consider dropping by these stores for some seriously good deals.
Whether you call it vintage, thrift, charity or flea, places that sell second-hand items are always exciting places to visit whenever you’re on a holiday. From men’s shoes and vintage clothes to under-the-radar brands and accessories from high-end fashion labels, you’re bound to find something to your liking if you look hard enough. Let the hunt begin!
OXFAM, WESTBOURNE GROVE, LONDON
“This shop has lots of great stuff,” says Bay Garnett, the stylist and editor who styled the Oxfam Second Hand September campaign. “I found a brown pair of men’s Gucci loafers, and a great white studded belt. But there is something for everyone.”
245 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2SE
PORTOBELLO MARKET, NOTTING HILL, LONDON
“Friday morning is the best,” says Garnett. “It has great clothes; you’ll definitely find something special – from a beautiful 1970s Ossie Clark dress to a beaten-up old Levi’s denim shirt. Arrive at around 9am.”
ROSE MARKET VINTAGE, PARIS
A great spot to pick up denim jackets from Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, bags and clip-on earrings by Nina Ricci. A must-visit but be sure to check closing times.
19 Rue Milton, 75009 Paris, France
THE BRITISH RED CROSS, OLD CHURCH ST, CHELSEA, LONDON
“Over the years I’ve found so many great things,” says Garnett. “A Saint Laurent safari shirt, beautiful cashmere, and great 1970s stuff. I think it’s because the local Chelsea old ladies bring their stuff here after a clear-out. (The British Red Cross on Portobello Road also carries a good vintage section at the back.)
RELLIK, GOLBORNE ROAD, LONDON
A classic for people seeking designer vintage – anything, from Jean Muir dresses to earliest Vivienne Westwood and Duran Duran-era Antony Price.
ALOE & WOLF, SIENA, ITALY
This little shop specialises in vintage clothing from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. From traditional 1950s boaters to fur-trimmed cloches, this is a treasure trove of authentic accessories.
Via del Porrione, 23, 53100 Siena, Italy
TORO, HARAJUKU, JAPAN
One of the best vintage shops in Tokyo, Toro has built its reputation on a careful curation of seasonal clothes. It’s a great destination for vintage Japanese labels and under-the-radar local brands.
1-2-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
LE SWING VINTAGE, BARCELONA, SPAIN
For lovers of tweed, cardigans and a style that is a little bit “granny chic”, this is the store for you. Tweed blazers, vintage Versace kilts and sweaters in every colour. It’s also a great place to find designer loafers.
Carrer dels Lledo 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
QUALITY MENDING CO, NEW YORK
Denim lovers will be in heaven. From denim shirts, distressed workwear, jackets, jeans and a great selection of dungarees in shades of acid wash to deepest indigo.
15 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
THRIFTWARES AT THE ARTISTS AND FLEAS MARKET, NEW YORK
There are two permanent locations for Thriftwares, which has cult classics, from silk slip dresses to feather-trim dressing gowns. The best finds are the bags: If you need a woven number on your next holiday that no one else has, this is your destination. All clothes are, for the most part, in mint condition.
Brooklyn, 70 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211; SoHo, 490 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
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