London is the city of style. When I think of London, I think of bespoke, of suits and perfect tailoring. But there’s a whole other side to London, too.
Everybody knows the shopping in Paris is fantastique but for us Londoners there is no need to travel so far. Just 1 hour and 20 minutes from London on the Eurostar are the cities of Lille and Roubaix, where grand buildings hide book markets and young fashion designers are being fostered by pop up markets. Lille is also home to an annual second-hand shopping event, the Braderie, Europe’s largest and most famous flea market. Read on to discover more of Lille and Roubaix’s shopping secrets
Edinburgh is a vintage city; cobbled streets, tiny lanes and a Medieval Castle watching over it. Vintage, second hand and antique boutiques are dispersed throughout the historical town. These are some of our faves.
Like breadcrumbs leading the way to temptation there were stalls dotted directly outside Feldstrasse Underground station that pointed the way towards Flohschanze flea market.
Shopaholics who have travelled to Dublin are probably already aware of Grafton Street. I know I was. The pedestrianised zone, home to luxury department store Brown Thomas and Bewley’s Cafe, is known as THE shopping street of Dublin. But on my visit last weekend I found a little enclave of boutiques, not far from the main drag, which captured my attention. The area was called Castle Market.
Las Vegas is well known for being a gamblers paradise; a city that requires a large bankroll to stay competitive. However, there are some shopping options to suit the stricter budget. For some budget bargains you need to get to grips with Las Vegas thrift!
Thrift shopping in Vegas has its own unique sense of style. Below are some of the places you can discover some vintage gems whilst getting around Vegas. They all have great deals on more than just your typical hand-me-downs.
Not only does crossing the bridge into Brooklyn afford you magnificent views of Manhattan but there is an event in Downtown Brooklyn every Saturday and Sunday that fans of vintage curiousities will adore. If you visit in the winter Brooklyn Flea is held at One Hanson Place, formerly the home of The Williamsburgh Savings Bank. The setting is as superb as the stock with vintage clothes, handmade jewellery and retro prints spread out amongst marble pillars under a golden ceiling.
If you can tear yourself away from the tempting aromas of the Brick Lane curry houses you will find one of my favourite vintage clothes and furniture emporiums in London – Blitz. Set back off the main Brick Lane drag, you will know you are going in the right direction for Blitz when you see the giant stork. Situated in a converted Victorian warehouse on Hanbury Street, Blitz has 2 giant floors filled with well-selected vintage clothes, accessories, furniture, luggage, collectible items, books and much more.
When I was lucky enough to visit Toronto during fashion week I had no idea what a range of superb vintage shops I was about to be introduced to. It turns out Toronto is a hot bed of vintage treasure, ranging from haute couture to bargain bucket. Here’s a run down of my favourite finds.
2005, The Marais, Paris
Rummage, rummage, rummage. Rifle, sort, keep, discard. Eagerly await more musty stock from the bin bag the shop owner is sorting through. Turn back to the rails and rummage some more.
I had just discovered the vintage shops in the Marais and would visit at least 1 every day of my week-long stay with a friend who was studying in Paris. That summer my suitcase came home stuffed with tea dresses, leather bags, chunky knits and thick waist belts. At less than 10 Euros per item they were all within my students budget.