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5 Cool Vintage Stores for Trendy Shoppers

Features & Advice | Cherese Weekes | March 25, 2015

5 Cool Vintage Stores for Trendy Shoppers

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They said that “style never goes out of fashion,” and whoever coined the saying might have been rummaging through a vintage shop. Away from long lines at the retail stores and nowhere near high-end designer catwalks, vintage stores are attracting a different breed of customers that are craving unique finds left by the eras of yesteryear. So if you have had enough of overcrowded malls and expensive couture prices, then take a stroll into the following five retro stores that are dressed in fashions so rare, you’ll be instantly transported to the past.

NYC: Mr. Throwback

Just because the era of the 1990s is no longer here does not mean you have to retire your old gear. Just ask Michael Spitz who took his vintage collections to the streets of Manhattan and established his acclaimed store, Mr. Throwback. The name speaks for itself since it acts as a nostalgic treasure trove for millennials wanting to recapture their youth with products like sports memorabilia, snapbacks, sneakers, videogames, as well as rare toys including trolls dolls and action figurines.

London: Couverture and The Garbstore

Since it opened its doors in 2008, Couverture and The Garbstore has been a premier shopping destination that brings the past to life in the heart of Notting Hill. This three-story store burst at the seams with designs you will not find on a runway or in a retail store because it takes pride in the philosophy “Unfamiliar Vintage” in order for its timeless pieces to make a fashion-forward statement for men and women. Here shoppers will not only find outfits emulating historic trends, but put together so intricately with grip tape from the 1950s that Time Out took notice, bestowing Couverture and The Garbstore with recognition that solidifies its stance in the vintage world by showcasing a sartorial style dubbed, “historically new.”

Dublin: Dirty Fabulous

A team of globetrotting sisters with the enthusiasm for everything vintage led to the creation of Dirty Fabulous. Everyone from brides to socialites seeking a classic look are lured by the garments of this boutique, which includes eccentric bridal, party dresses, as well as ball gowns. Whether you’re a fan of the roaring '20s or wanting to heat up the dance floor '70s style, there’s no escaping the vintage feel that invades Dirty Fabulous. The crowning touch is the traditional Victorian façade that framing the exterior of the building housing the collection.

Dubai: The Odd Piece

Although quite new to Dubai’s thriving shopping scene, The Odd Piece is a retro-chic furniture store with a popularity on the rise. As the brainchild of Arwa Hafiz, her passion intensified the more her father redecorated their family home and realizing that Dubai needed a place where vintage-seekers could indulge in a bit of retail therapy, the shop was born. Along with furniture, The Odd Piece is colorfully garlanded with pillows, ornaments, and figures unique to Dubai, giving shoppers an authentic taste of the city’s culture as they choose which pieces will look best in their homes.

Tokyo: BerBerJin

The Japanese have also been bitten by the vintage bug, which is on full display at BerBerJin. Breaking away from the emerging trends of fashion, the store is proud to stay true to its roots by providing a one-of-a-kind sartorial experience for the jeans-wearing, sneaker-loving hipster. There are plenty of clothes to choose from since the store’s founder hops across the globe to seek inspiration from big-name designers. However, in BerBerJin it is more about how cool you will look rocking a second-hand military jacket paired with combat boots.

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