Photo courtesy of Tavin Boutique
From cheap $10 thrills to archival investments from Chanel and Lacroix, here are the six best vintage stores in Los Angeles.
Bohemian, travel, romantic — and designer: Some of the adjectives Tavin uses to describe its inventory and customer; it’s vintage for the Gypset babe. Here vintage turquoise jewelry is mixed in with jewels from local designers, special items like Indigo clothing from Vietnam and embroidered Baluch dresses from Afghanistan, vintage pieces grounded in the flowy ’60s and ’70s — and Saint Laurent, Cacharel, Dior, and so on. Expect to spend between $100 to $600 on a dress. You can shop online too.
(1543 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles; Tuesday-Sunday, 12:30 – 6:30 PM)
If you’re looking for a pristine piece of vintage designer — often “historic” pieces, as the site notes, and willing to spend thousands for it, then Resurrection will be a dream. Hermes, Chanel, YSL, Yohji Yamamoto, Geoffrey Beene, Moschino, Mugler, Dior, Lacroix, you name it. There’s also a location in New York for the east coasters. Prepare yourself for the sticker shock with a little online reconnaissance first. Those interested in renting pieces on a daily, weekly or monthly basis — for shoots, events, etc, can get in touch to make an appointment here.
(8006 Melrose, Los Angeles; Monday-Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM)
What Katie Did
Given the collective Kardashian affection for the modern waist cinching device — the “waist trainer” according to the celeb sisters’ Instagram accounts — there’s a reinvigorated interest in the silhouette best created by strapping on a corset. For the shopper who wouldn’t be caught dead in the cheesy, modern contraptions modeled by sisters K, there’s What Katie Did, a lingerie store whose wares are consistently pulled for music videos, films, and editorials (Interview, WYLDE). Here you’ll find reproductions of vintage styles — i.e. as close as you can get to the real deal from the eras when corsets and shape wear were done best — but new and never before worn. Not exactly real deal vintage, but worth a mention.
(7970 1/2 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood; Monday-Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM)
Funky, moderately priced finds from Art Deco through the ’90s won’t hurt your wallet — vintage earrings at around $30 are as easy to find at newer, cheekier $10 coin purses emblazoned with labels like “weed money” at Owl Talk, run by sisters Kathleen and Sharon Kroner. Among the vintage are also consignment wares — bring yours in to sell as you peruse a mix of vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories.
(5060-B Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles; Monday – Thursday, 11 AM – 7 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM)
Rose Bowl Flea Market
It wouldn’t make sense to list Los Angeles’s best vintage without mentioning the Rose Bowl Flea Market. If it’s the second Sunday of the month, you have a date with the flea. Admission is $8 and gives shoppers access to over 2,500 vendors selling vintage clothing, antique furniture (be on the lookout for signed pieces), jewelry, art and more. Get there early and wear comfortable shoes.
(1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena; 9 AM – 4:30 PM on the second Sunday of every month, or pay $20 admission for 5 – 9 AM access)
Imagine 7,000 square feet filled with pretty vintage dresses from the ’20s through the ’90s, and imagine Lana Del Rey perusing the selection — Shareen has dressed the songstress for a performance or two. The downtown store is known as a “no boys zone,” so prepare yourself for the feminine treasures you’ll find here. Shareen Mitchell, the shop’s owner, also does vintage and unique bridal if you’re in the market and has created her own vintage-inspired clothing collection, available at the store.
(1721 North Spring Street, Los Angeles; Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 6 PM)