Vintage fashion has taken the world by storm and tons of new stores have opened up in Japan, Korea, Europe and beyond. Likewise, it’s also gaining traction right here on our sunny shores, saving us the hassle of flying abroad for guilt-free shopping.
While the trend is hardly anything new, Singaporeans of all ages are jumping on the bandwagon as more unique pieces are popping up at reasonable prices. Below, we’ve located local vintage luxury and consignment stores worth keeping an eye on for that next big purchase.
Originally founded in Indonesia as an online store, Huntstreet has expanded to Singapore with a stocked showroom of pre-loved fashion from the likes of Hermès, Alaïa, Tiffany & Co. and more, gathered from across the region. Bougie mums and dads can also shop for their kids, be it for a pair of branded kicks or their first designer handbag.
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A Vintage Tale
From vintage Yves Saint Laurent to Valentino, this techni-coloured store in the heart of Joo Chiat houses some avant-garde clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery sourced from Japan, Europe and the United States, mostly from the ’50s to the ’90s. The store also hosts occasional “Kilo” events where one kilogram of clothing costs only $10. Not to forget, there’s also a bar for those who love to get tipsy.
The NÉE Vintage Store
This three-storey Chinatown shophouse is a treasure trove of Gucci, Fendi and Prada bags galore, amongst other brands that will have you spoilt for choice. Aside from bags, NÉE Vintage makes for the perfect one-stop shop with clothing racks of Hermès and Issey Miyake, tables stacked with jewellery and watches, and a section dedicated to home and tableware.
Uptown is the new kid on the block catering to vintage men’s streetwear, and it happens to be a café too. With brands such as Louis Vuitton, Celine and Stüssy, boys need not sit on the sidelines while their partners shop to their hearts’ content. Of course, fashion isn’t specific to gender, so gals can shop too or simply grab a bite and a cuppa.
Also focusing on menswear, Milieu is more than just your ordinary thrift store. The founding duo behind the shop – Alfred Bong and Leon Lim – are archive fashion fans who curate rare pieces from Helmut Lang, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons that will surely pique any collector’s interest.
Want to get your hands on a Chanel bag? Loveholics is the place to go, with close to 100 options to choose from the beloved French label – some of which are brand-spanking new. The team only lists items on the website after going through two rounds of authentication by Entrupy and independent experts. The team also hosts regular “group buys” where they head to Europe and bring back specific items that you’ve been hunting for all your life.
With daily drops, StyleTribute has an ever-growing collection of goodies, but it’s their sales section that has our attention. Ranging anywhere from 10 to 70 percent off on select items, shoppers can indulge themselves in Gucci, Valentino and many other brands going for almost half the estimated retail prices.
It’s a smorgasbord of Hermès bags at First Luxury, but that’s not even the best part. Take matters into your own hands with their mobile app, which allows users to browse, list and track their consignments from the comfort of their own homes. Once items are submitted for consignment, the team will settle the rest – collection, payment and delivery. Users can also set up appointments to view and check potential purchases before making the full commitment.