If nothing gives you a thrill like fabulous old school fashion, we know the best spots to unearth designer pieces for serious collectors and retro gold...
Retro shoppers, we know the struggle is real. 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… But there are vintage shops 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 retro 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 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 interview with the pair.
A Vintage Tale, #01-01, 277 Joo Chiat Road, 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 pop-ups all over the island. Founder Jasmine studied fashion in London, where she fine-tuned her vintage fashion rummaging skills – and she clearly has an eye. All those fab florals, tea dresses and accessories make us seriously want to raid her closet.
Dark Horse Vintage, available online.
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: Think gloriously patterned dresses, glam handbags (we spy vintage Chanel) and cool shirts for guys. And because the vintage shop lives up to its name, expect to find everything from Nepalese brass collar necklaces and tropical earrings to unique designs from the brand’s in-house collection. Take note that the boutique is only open from Wednesdays to Sundays, 12pm-6pm, and is definitely worth seeking out.
The Eclectic Room, #02-01, 162 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427437
Déjà vu Vintage
A favourite amongst old school shoppers, Déjà Vu Vintage stocks a sizeable collection of premium and designer treasures. If you’re big on quality, you’ll be very pleased to know that every item is inspected, dry-cleaned, steam-pressed and mended before going up on the racks. Prices do run steeper, but you won’t find run-of-the-mill polyester dresses. Besides a dedicated vintage collection, you can expect to see designer pieces by Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Carolina Herrera and Bill Blass that are beautifully tailored and timeless.
Deja Vu Vintage, #01-70, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
Nostalgia Queen Vintage
This cosy vintage shop tucked away in Sunshine Plaza stole our hearts with its piles of cool 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 gem or two in between the racks of pre-loved standouts. Get those wallets (and fast fingers) ready for a true thrifting treasure hunt here.
Nostalgia Queen Vintage, #01-75, Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189652
Lusting after vintage Louis Vuitton or Chanel? Start stalking Dustbuny Vintage’s collection of designer bags (authentic, of course, and all in good nick). Pair your pick with a sailor shift dress from the 60s, a 40s-style pencil sheath or a fit-and-flare silhouette dating back to the 50s. You’re going to need a statement brooch to finish your look, and the collection here is beautifully curated.
Dustbunny Vintage, 2-A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089110
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 space chock full of floral-printed frocks that are designed and uniquely tailored with organic cotton by founder and head seamstress Lilian and her team. Plus, the brand carries its own ready-to-wear line of retro-inspired cheongsams. Dayglow has also jumped on the sustainable bandwagon by reducing the amount of raw materials used and practising made-to-order items to cut down on excess stocks.
Dayglow Vintage, #05-10, Braddell Tech, Blk 13 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, Singapore 319261
Step in and you’ll be greeted with travel trunks and briefcases from years past – talk about old-school! This vintage shop in Haji Lane 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 either — there are plenty of retro-printed, button-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