Back To The Future
Vintage Fashion Specialists
Fashion, fashion, fashion, a fickle mistress thou art! With editorial and media coverage allowing trends barely a nano-second of fission-hot scrutiny in the ‘so last week’ limelight, before the next must-have, die-for, kill-for accessory, dress, hem-length or heel is upon us, it’s comforting to know it doesn’t have to be that way. Happily, the ever-growing niche of the vintage industry offers a lighter, longer and more lovely path, and means you never need a crystal ball to predict what’s hot. Collected here are our current top tier favourites – go forth, and step back to the fashion future.New York Vintage
Shannon Hoey’s Sauron-like eye has afforded her a meteoric rise from art historian to stylist, consultant, and queen of the scene when it comes to truly exceptional pieces, couture or otherwise. Sought out not just by the fashnoscenti, but by the publishing and film industries as well as ultra-niche serious collectors alike, Shannon’s New York Vintage racks a fastidiously edited range from accessories to gowns downstairs, while the upstairs by appointment only salon is where you will find the musuem quality one-offs from Worth to Charles James.
117 W 25th St / Midtown West / New York / http://www.newyorkvintage.com Didier Ludot
No serious list of vintage fashion is complete without the grandpere of them all: Monsieur Ludot. Since 1975, when he began working from his atelier in the gorgeous Palais Royale, Ludot has had almost every grand couturier’s work pass through his hands and onto the willing shoulders of Paris’ great and good. Looking for that special little black dress? Then try Ludot’s sister store across the Palais gardens, La Petite Robe Noire – these pristine garments are a lifetime investment… as long as you stay off les Cronuts™!
24 Galerie Montpensier / Jardin du Palais Royal / 1er / Paris / + 33 1 42 96 06 56 / http://didierludot.fr
+branch La Petite Robe Noire / 125 Galerie de Valois / 1er / ParisWilliam Vintage
As the aforementioned M. Ludot is to Paris, so William Banks-Blaney is to London... and then some. Crowned the ‘King of Vintage’ by Harper’s Bazaar and regarded as the UK’s premier go to for, well, premieres and just about every red carpet event, WBB has sirens and starlets alike waiting patiently for a ‘strictly by appointment only’ meeting at this small, but exquisite Marylebone salon.
2 Marylebone St / London W1 / +44 20 7487 4322 Shrimpton Couture
Fuming that you aren’t in London, Paris or New York, and desperate to add a Norma Kamali jumpsuit, Zandra Rhodes kaftan, rare Bill Gibbs number or Lanvin beach dress to your wardrobe? Well, now you can shop the vintage couturiers from the comfort of your own home. With international shipping and detailed sizing and condition reports, Shrimpton Couture takes vintage digital. http://www.shrimptoncouture.com