Where to rummage for one-of-a-kind retro treasures in London
Laura Von Behr, London Fields
Never bought vintage before? Laura’s eye for Shrimps-style prints and retro Laura Ashley makes her studio the perfect stepping stone between store-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 Closest Station: Rectory Road Website: lauravonbehr.com
William Vintage, Regents Park
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 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 Closest Station: Regents Park Website: williamvintage.com
Circa Vintage, Fulham
In Circa Vintage’s Fulham boutique, find iconic Hermès silk scarves and Louis Vuitton vanity cases (Bentley’s in Chelsea is also excellent for vintage Goyard). Book an appointment to sift through rails of 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 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 neckscarves. 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 Closest Station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square Website: thevintageshowroom.com
Found and Vision, Portobello Road
From Versace streetwear to Vivienne Westwood couture, Found and Vision 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 Rita Ora are fans.
Location: 318 Portobello Road, W10 Closest Station: Westbourne Park Underground Instagram: FoundAndVision