Yes, vintage happens to be the fashion mantra for 2020, after all, it’s essentially a sustainable alternative served with a side of history and mystique of a time long gone – a perfect solution to fashion’s realization of the environmental damages caused and pandemic-caused nostalgia wave. And besides putting forward a selection of clothing styles that are more coveted than anything mass-produced, it helps create a culture of mindful consumption. This apart, you can think of the whole vintage shopping experience as a treasure hunt – it’s not only time-consuming and overwhelming, but you might end up with something special and distinctive.
So how do you find these one-of-a-kind pieces to refresh your wardrobe? Where to go? Well, as your first clue to this style hunt, we have listed below some of the best Indian vintage brands/stores to help add some old-world charisma to your wardrobe.
With the belief that clothes are pieces of art that are to be loved and then loved once again, stylist Divya Saini founded Bodements in 2017 as an Instagram boutique, which was followed up by an e-commerce launch last year. Meaning ‘prophecy’, Bodements is committed to propagating the ideals of slow fashion and mindfulness by highlighting the culture of buying pre-loved clothing. With an exclusive collection of upcycled clothing and accessories that have been hand-picked by Divya herself, you’ll end up finding a delightful treat (or two!) for your wardrobe just like this rococo inspired shirt that’s been hand-picked from Italy.
The Local Vintage
For the love of everything 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and well, thrift shopping led Sujala Newar to launch The Local Vintage in 2018. Besides vintage womenswear curated from the local markets in India, they also offer exclusive private vintage collections that share a story of their own through dresses, blouses, accessories, bags, and more. Oh! And they have two private collections coming up for sale soon, so do keep your fashion eye set on them. We sure have!
Established in 2011 by sisters Mehak and Shikha Agarwal, Viange happens to be India’s first vintage designer jewellery label. From curating pieces from Dior to Givenchy, Valentino to Celine and Tiffany & Co. – Viange presents the most diverse and eclectic range of vintage costume jewellery. In case you are hesitant to commit to the whole vintage experience, you can surely begin by amping up your accessories game with some absolutely stunning finds like 70’s YSL Tortoise Earrings, Karl Lagerfeld Chunky Pearl Logo Earrings, or Christian Dior Logo Necklace.
P.S. They also have an unparalleled collection of vintage Chanel to charm you all fashion fanatics with the signature Chanel elegance and exclusivity.
A scroll through Red Empress’s Instagram, and you’ll find yourself drowning in highly coveted one-off vintage pieces serving a bust of colour and eccentricity. Ever since its launch in 2017, the label has managed to stay true to its bold boss babe persona with a ‘take it as it comes’ attitude. And their impeccably styled looks on Instagram are the proof for the same. To be honest, this is the fashion destination that needs to be the first stop of your style hunt to refresh your wardrobe with a dash of quirk and funk.
Carol’s Shop & Tea Room
Based out of Nagaland, Carol’s Shop was started by the model Carol Humpstoe to curate a place that represents all the things she loves. Be it vintage clothes, accessories, teas, cups, or even collectibles. With a vintage clothing collection that’s refreshing, buoyant, and a true print haven, each piece has been hand-picked by Carol herself from all over the globe – from New York to Delhi, from Nepal to Mumbai and Nagaland. And besides the very tempting curated vintage collection, it’s their visual imagery that holds our attention; the beautifully seamless intermingling of the most distinct vintage pieces and the quaintest landscapes. She’s also introducing organic teas in her shop with Garden Rose Tea as the first one that’s available. You know, all we want is a fresh and fabulous vintage experience with a dose of rejuvenation!
Launched in 2017, No Borders isn’t your run-of-the-mill concept store instead, it caters to the ideals of diversity in fashion, culture, and art with a collection of vintage and current designs that’s been curated by founder & creative director Kanika Karvinkop from designers across the world – Paris, New York, Delhi, Nepal, and more. The collection happens to be spread across garments, accessories, and art prints with a whole lot of vintage flavours. Striking a balance between tradition and contemporary, you’ll find exceptionally unique and artisanal pieces to feed your creative soul. While our soul seems to be lusting after this 90’s vintage skirt and blouse set, you can check more of such soul-satisfying pieces on their website.
Karishma is a science nerd turned fashion and beauty writer who loves talking about trends as much as eating desserts. Gucci, salted caramel ice-cream, jewels, and Simba (her dog) make up four chambers of her heart. Like Karishma’s story? Drop her a line in the comments section below.