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Top 5: Vintage Shops in Bristol
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Top 5: Vintage Shops in Bristol

29 May 2017 | Natasha Healy

Vintage clothing is by definition unique. Where else other than vintage stores can you find pieces guaranteed not to be worn by anyone else at the party? The experience of vintage shopping may require patience, effort and imagination, but the pure delight when that hidden gem comes to light and makes its way into your wardrobe is like no other. Bristol’s distinctive street style is partly due to the plenitude of vintage stores in the city, many of which have be running for decades, so we have distilled them down to the five must-see stores for fans of timeless fashion.

Loot

Über-edgy Loot resides just off the Bear Pit, making it ideally located for shopping in the city centre as well as along Stokes Croft. However, this is definitely not your run-of-the-mill store – the owners pride themselves on their cool, sporty clothes being of a higher quality than the high-street and they source their garments from the UK, Europe and even the US. These are items that have stood the test of time, many of which the team have repaired and re-worked on the shop floor. The clothes are also ethical, not produced in sweatshops or by child-labour, meaning splashing the cash on a new outfit for those upcoming festivals can feel a little less guilt-racking than usual. Not that Loot is expensive – for a vintage store it is actually notably cheap, with plenty of £5 bargain buckets ready to be rummaged through.

Loot, 6 Haymarket Walk, Bristol, BS1 3LN. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm. Telephone: 0117 922 0633.

Urban Fox

Urban Fox is a veritable Bristol institution, as it has been selling vintage threads in the city centre for over 25 years. The stock is kept fairly recent, with most pieces originating from the ’80s and ’90s, making it the perfect place to source those ’90s garms that have seen such a resurgence among the street-style savvy in recent years. Urban Fox isn’t as cheap as some of its rivals but you pay for the quality and prestige; the owner is a true vintage paragon practised in tracking down vintage diamonds and also runs Re-Pyscho on Gloucester Road as well as a vintage stall in St Nicholas market. Head to Urban Fox for a beautifully organised store filled with colourful bombers and slouchy dungarees.


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Urban Fox, 58 Corn Street Bristol, BS1 1JG. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 6:30pm. Telephone: 0117 930 0090.

BS8

Most Bristolians will be familiar with BS8 on Park Street which stocks independent clothing lines alongside its vintage wares, making it ideal for those who are just easing themselves into the world of vintage shopping. The pieces are carefully chosen in accordance with current trends but there is always the odd designer piece to be found amongst the rails. The store aims to pull in young crowds and is extra inviting on a Saturday afternoon when they host local DJs, giving the clothes the right vibe to be picked up for your evening out.

BS8, 34 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12am – 5pm. Telephone: 0117 930 4836.

Sobey’s

Sobey’s is a favourite for students looking for vintage Levi’s and one-off leather jackets. Sobey’s also sells their house brand Nancy’s Boutique, which individually creates beautiful clothing from recycled vintage fabrics and clothes, giving them a new lease of life. Sobey’s stocks a wide range of vintage accessories so it’s a great choice for buying gifts for your fashionable friends. The shop’s cool interior and chatty staff make it a lovely place to ramble around hunting down the final touches to any outfit.


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Sobey’s, 24 Park St, Bristol, BS1 5JA. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm. Telephone: 0117 929 8923.

Rag Trade Boutique

Rag Trade Boutique is the classy, sophisticated aunt in Bristol’s vintage shop family. They are a high-end store aiming to sell affordable designer vintage of all kinds, adding a splash of glamour to proceedings. Rag Trade pushes the recycling aspect of vintage shopping as the staff encourage customers to book an appointment at which they can bring along their own unwanted designer clothing which will be bought by the team in exchange for store credit, if they are up to scratch. Their clothing is luxurious and glitzy – they are the first stop for vintage party dresses and trinkets for any formal event.

Rag Trade Boutique, 2 Upper Maudlin St, Bristol BS2 8DJ. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, closed Sunday & Monday. Telephone: 0117 376 3085.

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