If nothing gives you a thrill like fabulous vintage fashion, we know where to go to unearth designer pieces for serious collectors and retro gold...
Vintage lovers, we know the struggle is real here. Yes, we long for the stalls in London’s Spitalfields, the sprawling St Oeun market on the outskirts of Paris, and all those fab consignment stores in Tokyo… sigh. But there ARE vintage gems here if you know where to look. We don’t usually like to reveal all our secrets, but we’re letting you in on our fave places to shop for vintage clothing and accessories in Singapore, from the designer threads and bags to costume bling and a bit of flea market fun.
A Vintage Tale
We seriously squealed when A Vintage Tale first opened its doors in a shophouse in Joo Chiat with its handpicked collection of designer clothes and accessories from around the world, and now we’re practically hyperventilating that this explosion of vintage fabulousness has expanded, and shifted to a larger space in the same shophouse, but at street level. Owners Jasmine and Azzura clearly had a lot of fun decorating the place: just look at the vintage wallpaper and try not to swoon. Read our full interview with the pair and drop by A Vintage Tale for its shop-warming party on Saturday 23 February!
A Vintage Tale; 277 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-01, Singapore 427531
Dark Horse Vintage
We still miss the Dark Horse Vintage IRL boutique, but don’t worry: you can still get your fix at the online store and at fab popups all over the island (we loved last year’s stint at Boutiques at the Pit Building, and the recent cameo at The Wyld Shop in Joo Chiat). Founder Jasmine studied fashion in London, where she finetuned her vintage fashion rummaging skills – and she clearly has an eye. All those fab tea dresses and accessories make us seriously want to raid her closet. Follow Dark Horse Vintage on Facebook and Instagram to see where Jasmine will be popping up next…
Dark Horse Vintage, available online with free shipping
We’re obsessed with this lifestyle boutique in Joo Chiat. Outrageously fun owner Ryana Yusoff has packed her shophouse space with a curated collection from around the world and fab vintage finds: think gloriously patterned dresses, glam handbags (we spy vintage Chanel) and cool shirts for guys. And because the store lives up to its name, expect to find everything from brass collar necklaces from Nepal, tropical vibe earrings and unique designs from Eclectic Room’s in-house collection (spotted that retro vibe Bonjour Madame T-shirt on Insta yet?). Take note that the boutique is open Wednesdays to Sundays 12pm-6pm, and is definitely worth seeking out. Check out The Eclectic Space on Insta too, as Ryana has just launched a series of events and open mic nights at you’ll want in on.
The Eclectic Room; 162 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427437 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427437
Déjà vu Vintage
A favourite amongst vintage lovers, Déjà Vu Vintage stocks a sizeable collection of premium and designer vintage treasures. If you’re big on quality, you’ll be very pleased to know that every item here is inspected, dry-cleaned, steam-pressed, and mended before going up on the racks. Prices do run steeper here, but you won’t find run-of-the-mill polyester dresses. Besides a dedicated vintage collection, expect designer pieces by Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Carolina Herrera, and Bill Blass that are beautifully tailored and timeless, to boot.
Deja Vu Vintage, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-70 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, p. 6338 8013
Nostalgia Queen Vintage
This cosy store tucked in Sunshine Plaza stole our hearts with its piles of cool vintage finds that date back to the 1960s, all brought together by an affable and passionate owner. Despite its narrow space, discerning style mavens would have little problem uncovering a treasure or two in between the racks of preloved standouts. Get those wallets (and fast fingers) ready for a true thrifting treasure hunt.
Nostalgia Queen Vintage, #01-75, Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street
Lusting after vintage Louis Vuitton or Chanel? Start stalking Dustbuny Vintage’s collection of designer bags (authentic, of course, and all in good nick). You’re going to need a statement brooch to finish your look – the collection here is beautifully curated and kinda makes us want to make vintage brooches our ‘thing’.
Dustbunny Vintage, 2-A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089110 by appointment only.
If Mad Men’s Betty Draper happens to be your style icon, then you’ll be charmed by Dayglow Vintage’s retro selection. The petite boutique has a chock full of Stepford Wives-esque frocks and floral-printed dresses that are designed and uniquely tailored with organic cotton by founder and headseamstress Lilian and her team of experienced tailors. Plus, Dayglow also carries its own ready-to-wear line of retro-inspired cheongsams, just in time for CNY. Dayglow has also jumped on the sustainable bandwagon by reducing the amount of raw materials use and practising made-to-orders to cut down excess stocks.
Dayglow Vintage, 12 Loyang Place, Singapore 508876, p. 9770 4026
Step into this treasure trove and you’ll be greeted with vintage travel trunks and briefcases — talk about old-school. This Haji Lane gem carries an extensive collection of round-collared blouses, high-waisted pencil skirts and polka dot dresses a la Lucille Ball. the boys are not forgotten too — there are plenty of retro printed, buttoned-down shirts perfect with a pair of smart trousers or comfy jeans. No doubt, Grammah will have you longing for the good old days of black and white TV and jukeboxes.
Grammah, 66 Haji Lane, Singapore 189259. p. 6299 0384
Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores
If you’re a seasoned rummager, the Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Stores could be a goldmine. You’ll find everything from second-hand books, home furnishings and furniture as well as donating clothing, of course, but you never know what you’ll find here!
Salvation Army Thrift Stores, 356 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247674 and 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
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