Laura Von Behr, London Fields
Never bought vintage before? Laura’s eye for Shrimps-style prints and retro Laura Ashley makes her by-appointment Hackney Downs studio the perfect stepping stone between shop-bought and second-hand. She’s got a knack for introducing clients to new shapes, specialising in 70s prairie dresses, 30s slips and 80s party dresses.
Location: 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 Time: visits are by appointment only Closest Station: Rectory Road Website: lauravonbehr.com
William Vintage, Marylebone
At William Vintage, CEO Marie Blanchet sources one-of-a-kind haute couture that would be at home in a museum. She’s in the process of revamping the Marylebone studio, but in the meantime has launched an online collection on Matches Fashion, including a rotation of one-off YSL, Dior and Versace pieces.
Location: 2 Marylebone Street, W1 Time: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; closed on weekends Closest Station: Regents Park Website: williamvintage.com
Circa Vintage, Fulham
In Circa Vintage’s Fulham boutique, find iconic Hermès silk scarves, the perfect pair of Levi's Vintage 501s and Louis Vuitton vanity cases (Bentley’s in Chelsea is also excellent for vintage Goyard). Book an appointment to sift through rails of pre-loved velvet, jacquard, brocade and tulle – Circa specialises in occasionwear, with one-off Ossie Clarkes and costume-style Chanel jewels.
Location: 64 Fulham High Street, SW6 Time: visits are by appointment only Closest Station: Putney Bridge Website: circavintage.com
The Vintage Showroom, Covent Garden
Predominantly menswear, The Vintage Showroom is an archive of stylish military deadstock – but some of the smaller sizes are perfect for boyfriend-fit jeans, boxy Harrington jackets and retro neck scarves. It’s a treasure trove of early century designs, but it’s neater than a soldier’s barracks thanks to owners Roy Luckett and Douglas Gunn.
Location: 14 Earlham Street, WC2 Time: 11am-7pm (12-6pm on Sundays) Closest Station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square Website: thevintageshowroom.com
Found and Vision, Notting Hill
From vintage Versace streetwear to Vivienne Westwood couture, Found and Vision on Portobello Road has a punky attitude. A hit with Japanese designers and the music set, it has a thrift-shop feel, too, so you still get the thrill of the chase. Hamish Bowles, Camille Charriere and Alexa Chung are fans.
Location: 318 Portobello Road, W10 Time: 10.30am-6pm (closed on Sundays) Closest Station: Westbourne Park Underground Instagram: FoundAndVision
Storm in a Teacup, Haggerston
Label-led Storm in a Teacup is run by model and businesswoman Claudia Raba and her boyfriend, stylist Joe Miller. From mint-condition Margaret Howell knits and Comme des Garçons casualwear to Yohji Yamamoto’s avant-garde cuts and Issey Miyake Pleats Please co-ords, it’s a treasure trove for pre-loved designer goods.
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Location: 366 Kingsland Road, Dalston E8 Time: 11am-7pm (12-5pm on Sundays) Closest Station: Haggerston Website: storminateacuplondon.com
Rellik, Ladbroke Grove
If you're looking for vintage Vivienne Westwood, Nineties Thierry Mugler or Azzedine Alaïa, then visit Steven Philips’ legendary Ladbroke Grove boutique. Nestled at the foot of London's landmark Trellick Tower, appointment-only Rellik’s bejewelled denim jackets and cabinets of cocktail-style knuckledusters wink at you among whacky wallpaper, outrageous footwear and the odd bit of haute couture. Philips curates the shop with friends Fiona Carenza and Claire Stansfield, and counts Kate Moss, Laura Bailey and many a fashion editor among his regular clients.
Location: 8 Golborne Gardens, W10 Time: visits are by appointment only Closest Station: Westbourne Park Website: relliklondon.co.uk
Vintage Modes, Mayfair
Vintage Modes hosts a handful of antiques and vintage collectors at Alfie’s Antiques within Grays Antiques market, and it’s not just fashion students you’ll find examining the rails – designers like Giorgio Armani drop by for inspiration, too. Find one-off pieces of archive accessories at Gillian Horsup, pre-owned evening bags at the Vintage Bag lady, glamorous costume jewellery at Arabella Bianco and antique linen and lace at Regal Linen.
Location: Alfies Antique Market, Church Street, Marylebone NW8Time: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; closed on weekends Closest Station: Edgware Road Website: facebook.com/VintageModesLondon