LA's 10 best vintage stores
There are a number of cities that stand out for their unique and plentiful vintage and thrift shopping precincts, Tokyo, Paris and Toronto come to mind but none of these compare when it comes to the mountainous collections of vintage sartorial wares scattered around Los Angeles.
LA is the city that fashion editors, musicians, actresses and vintage aficionados travel across the globe to trawl for next season’s wardrobe of one-of-a-kind clothing. You too can shop from the same stores as Kate Hudson and Rachel Zoe no matter what your budget or style. Here are some of the best stores to choose from depending on what you’re after….
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For anything cool/70s/heritage/industrial style and selvedge denim related, this should be your first stop. French cool-girl designer Isabel Marant approves.
2.Raggedy Threads Vintage Shoppe
Similar to Mister Freedom, this store trades in the chicness of heritage utilitarian vintage wares and does a mighty fine job of it. So fine, they’ve also recently opened another outpost in Brooklyn.
Situated in the trendy neighbourhood of Silver Lake, Foxhole is one of LA’s top suppliers of reworked vintage denim and has some serious industrial 70s vibes. It’s also a favourite spot of many a model looking for some cool distressed vintage jeans/jundies (aka jean undies).
4.Rose Bowl Flea Market
Arguably the most famous vintage and thrift clothing and furniture market in LA. Held every second Sunday of the month, this place does not disappoint, even if you’re only window shopping. If nothing else you will probs spot a celeb here with fans including Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba and Cameron Diaz.
A little more out of the way in Topanga State Park, this place is worth the trip if you’re looking for an authentic and truly original shopping experience. Oh and Kate Hudson’s a big fan!
Owned by Milla Jovovich’s former design partner and cult favourite of people in the know like celeb photographer Amanda de Cadenet this hybrid record and vintage store is a must for cool vintage printed tees and off-kilter dresses.
7.Sielian’s Vintage Apparel
This is where you get to act out your inner Rachel Zoe (yes, she’s a fan) as you fawn over the extensive stock of vintage designer accessories from Oscar De La Renta, YSL, Christian Dior and plenty more.
This mini warehouse sized store is a good bet for finding super cheap buys if you’re willing to dedicate some time to the cause. We hear it’s also a favourite of a one Miss Gwen Stefani.
A staple of LA’s vintage diet, anyone who is anyone has shopped here. When you stock vintage Alaia, Halston, Hermes and Chanel always, it’s not hard to be everyone’s favourite store.
This is the go-to, one-stop-shop for basically every celebrity in LA’s stylist. Everyone from Kate Moss to Rooney Mara shops here.
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