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:
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.
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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