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Old is gold: 7 Online vintage designer shops to know about

Old is gold: 7 Online vintage designer shops to know about

Old-school revival

Text: Kelly Lim

Image: @opheliamillaiss by Riccardo; @ashleygraham; @pechuga_vintage

Scouring the web for Tom Ford-era Gucci or '90s Vivienne Westwood corsets? Try your luck with these online vintage stores beloved by celebrities and fashion insiders

Fashion may be about all things new, but lately we've also been thinking about the old––vintage to be exact.

Vintage fashion is having a major revival right now, with Bella Hadid, Zendaya and even Blackpink's Lisa (who can forget the iconic Vivienne Westwood 'Portrait' corset worn in her 'Lalisa' MV?) leading the charge both on and off the red carpet. And while designers at major fashion houses have long been digging into house archives for inspiration, the Spring/Summer season showed off plenty of vintage-inspired runways, from Dior's '60s Marc Bohan-era collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri to Virginie Viard's tribute to the '90s at Chanel.

Thanks to the emergence of online vintage shops, sourcing for archive designer pieces is easier than ever––ahead, find our pick of the best ones to know about from around the world: 

Pechuga Vintage

AKA the King of Corsets, founder Johnny Valencia is the source of all those archival Vivienne Westwood corsets you've been seeing on celebrities from Adele to Saweetie and yup, Blackpink's Lisa! The web-based Los Angeles store deals in the worlds rarest, most sought-after items in the industry, from Chanel's uber-tiny, double C-emblazoned bikini to those infamous AW216 Marc Jacobs lace-up platforms, which took social media by storm as 2021's must-have archive piece

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Amore Vintage Tokyo 

Tokyo has long been a popular destination for archive hunters but this particular store's vast collection of '90s Chanel and special edition Dior Saddle bags make it a must-know. The best part? They ship worldwide so you don't have to fly over to Japan to shop from them. 

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Shrimpton Couture 

Remember how we mentioned Marc Bohan-era Dior earlier? Well, the swoon-worthy archive of Toronto-based Shrimpton Couture offers exactly that, alongside plenty of many other vintage pieces that include noughties McQueen and '70s Zandra Rhodes to couture Yves Saint Laurent. You've probably already seen some of founder Cherie Balch's curated pieces on the red carpet, as the online shop counts the likes of Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross and Rosie Huntington-Whitely among its fans.  

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James Veloria

With a love for avant-garde and experimental fashion, founders Collin James Weber and Brandon Veloria Giordana started James Veloria as a side project that blossomed into a full-fledged treasure trove of vintage luxury in New York City's Chinatown. With a curation of finds from Jean Paul Gaultier to Commes Des Garçons, it's no wonder the shop has garnered the attention of the industry's top stylists, photographers and editors. 

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Susamusa Clothing

Best known as Bella Hadid's favourite vintage haunt, London-based Susamusa provides expertly curated, '90s-leaning vintage edits that are to die for. Filled with plenty of flared denim and stylish mesh shirts, the Depop shop is the place to go if you're looking to up your Y2K fashion game

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Nina Gabbana Vintage

Dedicated to the best of Y2K designer, Paris-based Nina Gabbana Vintage is full of hidden gems that are sourced from private individuals across Europe. From Tom Ford-era Gucci as seen on Ariana Grande to Gigi Hadid's pearl choker from Dior by John Galliano, there'll be plenty to be obsessed with. 

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Dana Foley 

For the glam tomboy, there's Dana Foley, a New York-based store that offers an immaculate curation of time-honoured vintage pieces and new custom-made designs. The Manhattan-based shop is a go-to for trendy downtown girls on the hunt for unique trends and attracts a loyal devotee of fans for its one-of-a-kind feather-fringed dresses, printed halter tops and low-rise cargos.

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