Needless to say I’m on a bit of a travelling romp this year, I love to travel exploring great fashion, vintage and antique shopping destinations. If you’re into fashion, shopping and like to buy vintage there are a number of World class cities steeped in history that offer seriously incredible fashion and vintage treasures in some truly lovely shops and Flea markets alike. Here are my top five favorite shopping destinations.
Los Angeles: Sunny Los Angeles plays host to some unique vintage fashion shopping destinations like Long Beach Market, the monthly Rose Bowl Vintage Fair and boutique vintage meccas like The Way We Wore. The variety of fashion from historical decades available is vast and L.A is indisputably the best place to shop for classic 1950’s American design. You will be able to read more about fabulous 1920’s themed nights, vintage shopping and incredible places to eat on our Vintage City Guide Page which i’m currently updating with my latest recommendations.
Paris: Arguably the epitome of fashion sophistication and home to legendary fashion houses Chanel, Chloe and Christian Dior. Certain parts of Paris are loved by intrepid followers of fashion and avid shoppers: Avenue des Champs Elysees is designer heaven, featuring the world’s largest Louis Vuitton store; Boulevard Haussmann is home to the mega department store Les Galeries Lafayette, which is full of contemporary ladies and men’s wear to select couture pieces. Paris hotels are as elegant as the city itself and many are close to the wonderful palaces and museums and the shops. I love Colette where you can always find great accessories, books and magazines. I’ll be exploring Paris this October bringing you a full Vintage Shopping guide and tons of recommendations of fabulous places to visit, photos and ramblings from my journey.New York: The trendy Lower East side is littered with independent boutique stores and a couple of great vintage stores. In contrast you can head to Madison Avenue where Tiffany & Co can be found on alongside sophisticated department stores, salons, restaurants, designer flagship boutiques and art galleries. Don’t forget to visit, Macy’s, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman for some good ol’ fashioned luxury. For the greatest vintage shopping head over to Williamsburg and shop the Brooklyn Flea Market. You can read the details about my personal favorite shops and places to eat on The New York City Vintage Guide Page.
London: Bond Street’s designer stores and boutiques stock a wide range of luxury items including Jimmy Choo, Hermes, Chanel and Gucci. Of course there’s tons of diamonds and pearls to be had at de Beers and Tiffany & Co. Just round the corner from Bond Street is my favorite Dover Street Market which is always worth a visit with a great array of contemporary fashion, suitably ridiculous shoes and fabulous apparel. Harrods reigns supreme among luxury department stores in Knightsbridge (remember to always make time for tea) and if you’re into department store shopping there’s also Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. The vintage scene in London is swinging with weekly events for swing dancing nights, regular vintage fairs and independent retailers all over the city. Brick Land in East London is the epicenter of vintage shopping with huge vintage department stores like Blitz vintage which is beautifully merchandised with it’s own café, selection of books, home ware and great selection of clothing. See our London City Guide for more details on the greatest vintage shops to visit.Berlin: Berlin is an exciting, ultra cool, energetic city yet to be gentrified so the vintage shopping on offer is truly excellent. One of my favorite areas was Friedrichshain with has a bunch of great vintage shops, fashion magazine and pop-up markets. You can see pictures and the addresses of places I love in Berlin on our Berlin Vintage City Guide. I will be heading to Berlin for the whole month of September so expect heaps more photos, more great shop recommendations and exciting places to visit.
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