Where to Shop for Vintage Fashion in Paris, London & Sydney
I am very good at editing my wardrobe. Selling the fancy stuff or dropping the rest off to clothing bins. I love that in a world of disposable garments & cheap manufacturing, some things live to see the light of another day.
One woman’s trash – and all that…
For clothing I go for quality over quantity – every time.
It can get a bit tricky as the definition of this can be subjective.
For example my idea of forgoing the quantity in order to buy quality does not match the The Husband’s understanding. Otherwise why would he have asked this on Friday?
“Why do you need another pair of shoes with little heels and pointy toes?”
It had been a long day. I simply didn’t have the strength to respond.
However I have a secret up my sleeve. I began buying vintage fashion 25 years ago when it was simply known as second-hand.
Now it is known by many fancy moniker’s such as upcycling (sounds strenuous) or vintage (mothballs). I am now an expert and I call it charitable good sense. It is a genetic trait; my sister, mother and I have been known to plan entire holidays around this style of shopping. Here is a picture of my sister about to wrangle a garment from Pippa Middleton (sister is far left, tiny image).
A friend of mine wondered if all I buy is vintage fashion. Yes and no, I told her. Some of the big ticket items are but the basics no.
Granted it can be a little time consuming – hunting the best stuff – however it is more fun than wearing a garment that you see on twenty other people.
Some people don’t like old – and I get that.
For me though It is about more than just clothes. It is someone’s history. I often wonder about the elegant woman who once owned my treasured pig skin, clasp top handbag. Found for a song and complete with a pressed, lace trimmed handkerchief.
Start small, with a necklace maybe, or a scarf. You just never know what you might find (or who you might meet) while buying vintage fashion. The afore mentioned sister also once had a tussle with Sir Bob Geldof over a perfect pair of jeans (he won).
I’ve unearthed cast offs from Princess Marie Chantel for my youngest son, discovered a vintage Hermes Scarf at the bottom of a pile for 2 Euro and fought with my sister over brand new Joseph leather leggings at a fraction of their full retail price (I was the victor).
Charity shops, markets, garage sales, designer recycled boutiques.
Here is a taste of my pick of vintage fashion from around the globe.
All in the name of a good cause you understand…
FIVE OF THE BEST RECYCLED CLOTHING SHOPS IN LONDON, PARIS, SYDNEY, SEATTLE
LOWDOWN Brilliant for celebrity spotting. All the smart London socialites bequeath their cast offs to this shop.
William Street, Paddington, Sydney, Australia
LOWDOWN Fantastic boutique to sell your up-market fashion, be warned you might dispose of items but their range is so good you will leave with more.
LOWDOWN Found; Hermes Scarf (2 Euro), cashmere ‘Nana’ cardigans, French art smocks and leather shorts. It gets BUSY so avoid the lunchtime rush and prepare to have to sort through bins.
LOWDOWN When I was there I unearthed lots of fabulous Moncler jackets and Burberry trenches – if this is your thing head their way.
Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney, Australia
LOWDOWN If you are patient there is always a treasure to be found. Brand new Rupert Sanderson shoes and Dolce & Gabbana jacket were my lucky buy. Be patient, some visits more rewarding than others.