If you're anything like us you've been hooked on Mad Men since the beginning and fell in love with A Single Man at first perfectly styled sight. We find it hard to pass a vintage shop without diving in for a rummage and are always comparing notes on the best places to go. So, without further ado, here are our hottest hangouts for you in our Little Black Book of Vintage Style.
Head over Brick Lane and chance upon Rokit, Beyond Retro and Absolute Vintage, all piled to the rafters with an amazing selection of every kind of clothing you could want, at prices that won't break the bank.
After the requisite trip to the basement vintage store in our Oxford Circus flagship, why not take a jaunt down to Carnaby Street for Marshmallow Mountain, where the proprietors actively encourage instore dress-up sessions;The Face, for all your 60s needs; or have a wander around the cheekily named Fur Coat, No Knickers, who specialise in amazing bridal gowns and to-die-for accessories!
Board a train to Brighton and head straight to Wolf and Gypsy for a fantastically edited treasure trove stuffed with everything you never knew you wanted! Then hop back over to West London, quick-sharp, to Kensal Rise’s Merchant Archive and snap up 1920s shoes, Victorian lace and antique silk fit for a queen.
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Don't forget to check out events like the Primrose Hill Vintage Fair or Affordable Vintage Fair as well. It's like being in ten shops all at once and there's always a bargain to be had. For a delicious hit of things we can't afford, we like nothing better than a leisurely check-in with Vintage Academe in Notting Hill. Their hand-picked collection showcases and sells the crème de la crème of women's high fashion and haute couture and is the source of many a longing sigh from all of us at Topshop HQ. Guess we all need something to lust after…
All this and we've barely even left the Capital! But we can't neglect to mention Starry Starry Night in Glasgow, Cow in Nottingham or the amazing places around Plaza Dorrego in Buenos Aires. We'd love to hear about even more brilliant places all over the world – what are your favourite vintage hotspots?