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London's Top 5 Retro Stores

Hayley Nolan shops around for the best vintage finds in town

Written by . Published on August 23rd 2011.

London's Top 5 Retro Stores

Beyond Retro
For genuine vintage pieces, you can’t go wrong with Beyond Retro. With stores in Soho, Brick Lane, Brighton and now Dalston, they are a cave of wonders with rails upon rails of one off items from the ’40s right through to the ’90s. And if you think getting your hands on such gems would be pricey, think again, as many bags, skirts and tops start at just £14, with larger items, such as dresses and jackets going for up to £28. You can even pick up a vintage wedding dress for £45. The stores cater for the guys too, selling classic Levis and T-shirts for all sizes. There are also shoes, accessories and new petticoats on sale, so it’s your one stop shop for all things retro. Visit www.beyondretro.com for store locations and opening times.

With two boutiques situated in the heart of Covent Garden and Camden, Collectif is stocked with bright and colourful retro-inspired designs to create killer curves and flatter bigger body types. This is what the ’40s and ’50s stores would have looked like in glorious technicolor back in the day. With a huge range of styles available in all sizes, the dresses and ensembles will appeal to the Jane Russells and the Dorris Days of London . In their own words the collection is “worn by rockabilly dolls, pin-up princesses and psycho bitches worldwide”. They also boast a fabulous range of retro shoes from peep toe to platform. Katy Perry would love this store. Visit www.collectif.co.uk to shop online or for store locations and opening times.

Retro - RokitRokit
Rokit’s garments and accessories have featured in the hallowed pages of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and GQ, amongst others, and it’s not hard to see why. Their Camden, Coven Garden and Brick Lane stores hold an authentic and eclectic range of classic but quirky clothes. All items are true originals from the ’40s to the ’80s, with some of the more exclusive pieces going for a few hundred. But it’s still possible to bag a bargain for under £20. They also feature a large collection of men’s items – check out which store is closest to you at www.rokit.co.uk

Rock Candy
Rock Candy has been honoured with the accolade of ‘Best New Vintage Store 2011’ and as soon as you step into the gorgeous, cosy little boutique on Holloway Road you will understand why. With many items under £20, it’s their mission to bring beautiful and affordable garments to the masses; they feature their clothes online at ASOS Market Place too. Rock Candy are even doing their bit for the youth of London; on the third of every month they hold a Student Day where they offer students a twenty percent discount on all items. Now you can’t argue with a bargain. Check out all you need to know online at www.rockcandyshop.co.uk

Retro - VivienVivien of Holloway
Loved by celebrities and TV stylists alike, Vivien of Holloway is situated under the arches in Camden and is a warehouse full of classic retro designs. Not a huge collection, but each design comes in a variety of prints to suit all styles and tastes. This has earned Ms Holloway (yes, she exists) an enormous celebrity following with her designs being worn by the likes of modern day pin up Paloma Faith, Nigella Lawson and Strictly Come Dancing’s Alesha Dixon and Ali Bastion, to name just a very few. They specialize in ’40s and ’50s styles and prices range from £40 (sale) to £69 for dresses and £59 for the best petticoats in town. Vivien is also one of the few modern designers to sell retro capri pants and pedal pushers, in a sparkling array of eyecatching colours. Visit www.vivienofholloway.com to see the designs or plan a trip to the warehouse.


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