WEST LONDON’S TOP 5 VINTAGE STORES

This week, we show you west London’s vintage hotspots. Enjoy…

  1. PORTOBELLO ROAD MARKET
    Portobello Market has earned an international reputation…this market is vast! But please be warned, if decide to take your girl, for God sake, take a Red Bull. It’s a little like the last hour of work, it never seems to end as the roads go on and on and on! The best advice we can give would be to take a peek by yourself, that way you’ll have a lot more time to try out all your bits and pieces without having to provide your other half with repeat opinions on why she looks good in that vintage dress.

Many of the vintage stall dealers are only present on specific days so you’ll just have to go more than once to really experience everything it has to offer. You can find pretty much everything here from full three-piece suits to vintage military trench coats. All the usual bits are here too like second-hand shirts and scarves.Yet Portobello’s greatest assets lies in its wealth of vintage jewellery stands, stocking everything from watches to broaches, tie clips to rings. They’re all clearly displayed on open table tops, so take your time and find that real exclusive bit of bling.

  1. THE ANTIQUE CLOTHING SHOP
    This store’s design gives you the impression that it’s a junk shop. Fear not, as the owner doesn’t stock as much junk as my mother. In actual fact, rather than junk I’d say she stocks gems. The men’s section has a ‘pre-war’ gentleman’s outfitter feel.
    Littered with striped blazers, collarless shirts, demob suits, braces, cravats and military regalia, make sure you get here reasonably early as the store only opens on Fridays and Saturdays. During the summer months it can get extremely packed very quickly, so you have been warned.
  2. 295
    This store is situated in on Portobello Road and it’s certainly a store with character with its wooden floor and parachute-draped ceiling. The menswear collection features a good selection of shirts, from plain striped variations to the more erratic styles such as the classic Hawaiian.Cuff links and hats fall under £10, which is a neat little price, and you can even snap up some Harris Tweed jackets for around £15. The selection mainly follows that of the 1960’s gentleman.
  3. OLD HAT
    This place is an essential for guys. Boasting two jammed packed-rooms exclusively for men, Old Hat stocks a wealth of ‘one -time essentials’ such as toppers, riding boots and caps.It’s extremely popular with local Fulham men. There’s a nice line of hefty overcoats, blazers and formal wear but the pick of the bunch would be their velvet suits as they are great as unique, statement pieces. Pair one of those with some Oliver Peoples glasses and you’ll look the bomb!

5. TNT
As every vintage shop should be aspire to be, half the stock in TNT is menswear, from flares to velvet jackets and sensible shoes. TNT claims to have sold Kylie her famous ‘hot pants’, not that you’d need to know or even be interested in that.

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