Something Old: Top 6 North London Vintage
Written by: Violet Myers
It used to be that if you fancied filling your wardrobe with some slick vintage threads, you would have to brave the crowds of Camden or power through a barrage of trendy Shoreditch shops, some of which seem to only buy acid denim by the tonne. Then it would be a Crystal Maze style game separating the truly vintage from mere ‘old shit’.
But North London has upped it’s game, with an increasing collection of high quality vintage and retro garms. Here’s a 6 of our favourite Camden-free vintage shops.
1 . Cha Cha Cha Vintage – Muswell Hill
Price Range: £20 – £250. A real mix, with a few cheeky bargains to be had.
Era: 1950 – 1980. From Rockabilly to spandex.
Best For: Denim, Cha Cha Cha also stocks a wide range of bric-a-brac and furniture.
Shiniest Item: A 1980’s beaded rainbow top. Reminiscent of Boy George’s incarcerated collection.
2 . Blue 17 – Holloway
Price Range: £1 – £100. Packed to the rafters with affordable garbs. A mere fiver could have you set up for the week in retro bridesmaids gowns.
Era: 1940 – 1990. Blue 17 houses every trend through the decades; from the fitted suits of the 40s, shoulders that doubled up as weapons in the power dressing 80s and mountains of plaid from the grungy 90s.
Best For: Loud jumpers, furry coats and last minute costume pieces.
Shiniest Item: A 1970’s multicoloured sequin crop top.
3 . Painted Black – Crouch End
Price Range: £10 – £200, plenty for every price range.
Era: 1920 – 1990.
Best For: Faux fur, bright shirts and regular sales.
Shiniest Item: A wonderfully sparkly clutch bag that goes perfectly with my tiara and my rare albino pony.
4 . Mishka Vintage – Crouch End
Price Range: £20 – £200, high class sass.
Era: 1900 – 1980.
Best For: Boho skirts and flowing dresses.
Shiniest Item: So much to choose from, but we’re quite taken with a golden chainmail clutch, we think we may have had one just like it in the 90’s during our disco princess phase.
5. Mint Vintage – Stoke Newington
Price Range: £10 – £100. Well made and well affordable.
Era: 1960 – 1990.
Best For: No nonsense jeans, ironic tees and enough pairs of dungarees for an entire Dexy’s Midnight Runner’s tour.
Shiniest Item: An oversized spangle top with more giant reflective sequins than Cher wears to bed.
6. Scarlet Rage – Crouch End
Price Range: £30 – £400. High quality threads that have and will stand the test of time.
Era: 1900 – 1960. Everything from My Fair Lady to Twiggy.
Best for: Glamorous gowns and show stopping sequins.
Shiniest item: A 1950’s golden floor length gown. Think Grace Kelly at a Blackpool hen do.
Photos: Michael Barry
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