Sifting thrift; picking through London’s second hand clothes shops
I can’t claim to know all the vintage and second hand clothes outlets in London, but I’ve got a few favourites I’d love to share. Here they are for your perusal, complete with descriptions of what each has to offer the seasoned bargain hunter:
1. PANDORA DRESS AGENCY (WOMENSWEAR)
Tucked away in a residential backstreet behind Harrods, you’d never stumble on Pandora by accident. If you’re label-hungry, it’s a revelation: a haven where the great and the good of Knightsbridge deposit their once-worn designer wear. This is no jumble sale. We’re talking clothes less than two years old: Chanel bags, Chloé dresses and velvet trimmed Valentino suit jackets, organised according to colour and size. These swanky items have seen one cocktail party, at a push two, and then been abandoned. It’s the clothes equivalent of a pedigree dog pound. It would be cruel not to take something home with you.
For some of us, myself included, the price tags will cause heart palpitations. No £10 bargain bins here. But rest assured, these clothes have been reduced to a snip of their original cost.
BEST FOR: celebrity spotting, making wish lists, haute couture, designer cocktail dresses, evening gowns and wide-brimmed hats.
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