Fashion is the world’s second most polluting industry, producing some 80 billion pieces of clothing per year. So what’s an eco-conscious shopper to do? While vintage clothing is, quite literally, nothing new, Hollywood fashion royalty like Lady Gaga, Nicole Richie, and Chloë Sevigny continually prove it’s a cool way to go. Here, the chicest thrift shops from London to Los Angeles.
New York, USA
Half vintage store, half nursery, this bohemian dreamland sells vintage rugs, crop-top bustiers, and silk-tiered palazzo pants from the ’70s, interspersed with exotic jade and aloe plants.
Archival pieces from Raf Simons, Commes de Garçons and Helmut Lang line the walls of the Mitte-based vintage store. You can also find eccentric vintage tees and sunnies.
Stocked with maxidresses, caftans, and velvet vests, this store is a bohemian rocker’s dream wardrobe—at great prices.
Thanx God I’m a VIP
Vintage silk Givenchy and Commes de Garçons for fair prices? In Paris? Welcome to Thanx God I’m A VIP.
Los Angeles, California
Melrose Trading Post
Every Sunday on the corner of Melrose and Fairfax, you’ll find the more than 100 vendors that comprise the Melrose Trading Post, a West Hollywood vintage haven filled with a vast assortment of artisan goods, vintage silver jewelry, Levi’s cutoffs, and silk blouses from the ’80s. Leave yourself a good two hours to scratch the surface.
Tucked away on a charming cobblestone street in Tallinn’s Old Town you’ll find Fankadelik Vintage, a semi-retro hair salon cum vintage store, with vintage Prada patent leather jackets and crocodile-skin bags from the ’70s. The best part is the non-Prada prices.
William Banks-Blaney is known as the “king of vintage” to his A-list fans, who include Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, and Amal Clooney. Customers fawn over 1960s Courrèges and his treasure trove of ’80s and ’90s Gianni Versace.
A haven for the streetwear set. Think Champion, Kappa, and Fila from the ’90s, coupled with velvet skirts and beaded crop tops.
The cute two-story shop looks like a real-life dollhouse. Expect a well-curated stock of vintage blouses and minidresses, which the owner sources from Japan.
Time’s Up Vintage
This subterranean spot is Copenhagen’s best-kept secret. Here you’ll find Fendi polo shirts from the ’90s, vintage Yves Saint Laurent scarves, a chest of jewelry replete with Chanel and Dior vintage logo necklaces, and sunglasses from Prada and Givenchy.