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The hottest thing in fashion? Old clothes. There are myriad reasons to shop second-hand: buying what’s already out there is not only better for the planet, but also opens up a world of design choices beyond the current season’s trends. You might also unearth unexpected and better-made pieces, if you know where to look.
But as anyone who’s tried to hunt for the perfect vintage Levi’s 501s or Burberry trench already knows, shopping second-hand can also be frustrating or overwhelming. Here, six vintage enthusiasts share their top hacks and haunts for scoring the best finds.
Alexandra Carl, fashion stylist
I love to rummage local thrift and vintage shops when travelling. In Copenhagen, where I’m from, I always go to Time’s Up Vintage and Kirkens Korshaer, which is a local charity shop. In Paris, I like Moji Farhat — he’s the king of anything ’80s, and in New York, I go to Beacon’s Closet and Treasures of NYC — [the latter] is appointment-only but so worth it once you finally get through to them. I also love One Of A Kind Archive in London, which has a unique and sprawling range of designer pieces by brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Alaïa, Prada and Chanel.
If you don’t have time to rummage, check out online platforms such as Tab Vintage, which has a great range of dresses and eveningwear, The RealList, or In Louve, which stocks a lot of late ’90s and early noughties-era brands like Blumarine. I’ve recently become obsessed with the auction app LiveAuctioneers, which shows you designer pieces from auctions around the world.