Where to pick up the pick of vintage

January 10, 2011

The Shop
3 Cheshire Street, London E2 6ED
Sharon Selzer has been selling an eclectic selection of vintage clothing, bags, shoes, jewellery, hats, scarves and household textiles since long before the area become hip. Originally supplying costume designers, she has a matchless eye for fabric and detail. Expect to find original Biba, Polly Peck, Mansfield, Susan Small and the odd piece of couture. Prices are amazingly low but be prepared to rummage.
Jan Shure

Fashion Exchange
143 Brick Lane, London
The Fashion Exchange, which opened in November, buys as well as sells vintage clothing, shoes and accessories. Stock includes contemporary, all bought with an eye to the season's trends.
Jan Shure

Blue Rinse Vintage
9-11 Call Lane, Leeds, and 31A Tib Street, Manchester
Established in Leeds in 1997 next to the fashionable Corn Exchange, Blue Rinse has spawned a second store in Manchester's fashionable Northern Quarter. Its stocks includes tea dresses, faux fur coats and jackets and denim minis.
Jessica Elgot

Blind Lemon Vintage Fashion Fairs
Popular with students, Blind Lemon fairs tour the country attracting huge crowds. Merchandise ranges from cheap 80s jewellery to pricey Victorian- and Edwardian-era pieces. Labels include Biba, Balenciaga and Schiaparelli. Flamboyant organiser Edwin Dyson sends gossipy updates to subscribers.
Jessica Elgot

Pop Boutique
6 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, London; 58 Whitechapel, Liverpool; 34-36 Oldham St, Manchester; 12-16 Central Road, Leeds
From a first shop in Oldham, this colourful boutique now has shops in Liverpool, Leeds, London and Gothenberg, Sweden. It specialises in clothing and accessories from the 60s, 70s and 80s but also sells furniture and "cool retro junk".
Jessica Elgot

Rewind Vintage
Online vintage fashion store Rewind Vintage was launched by refugees from the world of luxe, Claudia Ricco and Yasmina Khanlari. Everything is from the closets of fashionistas and celebrities and includes items like 80s Alaia dresses and early Chanel quilted bags. Regular labels include Balmain, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne and St Laurent. A "Rare Corner" section has show stoppers like an Hermès chinchilla coat.
Jan Shure

Burberry bag with rivets, £400, Vintage Rewind

Burberry bag with rivets, £400, Vintage Rewind

Love Miss Daisy
Another online vintage store, offering clothing and accessories sorted under eras, from 40s to 80s, as well as homewares. Prices are erratic: a sparkly 1950s top is £25, a cotton frock £65, but worth a virtual rummage. Jan Shure

Carpe Diem
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 30124, Venice (0033 41 528 9803)
Just 10 minutes from St Mark's, the shop is a treasure trove of vintage clothing, much of it from top designers and all in near-mint condition. The fact that most Italian women prefer cookie-cutter conformity, means the juiciest pickings are left for tourists to scavenge. Clothing and accessory labels are by names like Chanel, Dior, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Krizia, Fendi and YSL.
Jan Shure

There's a chance to get the inside track on vintage fashion at "Live a Little Vintage", a masterclass run by Ooh la La! Vintage at Duke's Hotel, St James's, from 2-6pm on February 19. After pink Champagne and canapés, Ooh la La! Vintage's fashion expert, Tara Munro, and Madame Tra La La's vintage tailor, Alice Prier, will talk vintage glamour. The price is £95; bookings@dukeshotel.com

Last updated: 11:15am, January 10 2011