The best vintage shops in Melbourne
Take a slice of history and make it yours at these emporiums of yesteryear. Photography Roberto Seba
This central city store is a Melbourne institution. Located in the Nicholas Building, Retrostar specialises in 1940s to 1980s vintage wares, but ’70s fanatics can’t go past the range of flares, kitschy tees and leather jackets. If you’re looking for a ’70s style that’s cool rather than pisstake, this one’s for you. ànicholas Building, Lvl 1, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000. 03 9663 1223. www.retrostar.com.au. Mon-thu, Sat 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
2Penny Lane Clothing Exchange
Sell, swap or buy second hand and vintage clothing at Penny Lane, the Sydney Road clothing exchange that specialises in stylish goods from yesteryear. If you’re bringing stuff in, it has to be in great nick or the shop will exercise its discretion to knock it back. à145 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 3056. 03 9381 1570. www.pennylaneexchange.com.au. Thu, Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10.30am-5.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
If you’re ever on the lookout for the perfect leather boots, brown leather belt or across-the-shoulder bag then get to Shappere. They even sell reworked bomber jackets made from recycled leather. Vintage fabrics are reworked to make dresses and skirts. à191 Smith St, Fitzroy 3161. 03 9419 0738. Mon-wed 11am-6pm; Thu, Fri 11am-6.30pm; Sat 10am-5.30pm; Sun noon-5pm.
Shag is like a Grace Jones film clip on steroids, where bold colours, animal prints, shoulder pads and asymmetrical dresses reign supreme. Selling a mixture of vintage and new, masterminds Grant Francis and Jeremy Valentine always stock kaleidoscopes of colour, print and fabric in their stores. àshop 20, Centreway Arcade, 259 Collins St, Melbourne 3000. 03 9663 8166. www.shag melbourne. com. Mon-thu noon-6pm; Fri noon-7pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-5pm.
Breathe life into your wardrobe with some pre-loved garments, accessories and luxe vintage pieces from this South Yarra shopfront. Keep your eyes peeled for labels like Fendi, Prada, Mulberry and Miu Miu. à286 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141. 03 9827 8907. www.secondo.com.au. Mon-fri 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm.
Hats! Handbags! Homewares! Vintage Garage is a Collingwood boutique that knows how to do ’50s and ’60s vintage right. With some of Melbourne’s best dealers selecting the stock, they’ve got you covered from dresses to dress shirts and everywhere in between. Apparel and accessories aside, you can find vinyl records, memorabilia, collectables and vintage fabric throughout your rockabilly time-trip. à318 Smith St, Collingwood 3066. 03 9417 2120. www.vintagegarage.com.au. Mon-sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
Thrifty fashionistas rejoice. Bruce offers a carefully curated collection of recycled high-end designer clothing – Prada, Diane Von Furstenberg and some top Aussie designers were on the racks the day we visited – displayed for easy browsing and homing in on the perfect piece. The environment is nice and unintimidating and the prices just right.
à284 Queens Pde, Fitzroy North 3068. 03 9486 5432. www.shopbruce.com.au. Mon, Fri, Sat 10am-5pm; Tue-thu 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-3pm.
This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it store on Queensbury Street in North Melbourne is for the daring fashionistas. Martin Fella himself says that he sources the best menswear from international designers from the ’50s to ’80s – including French labels such as Givenchy, Lacroix, Léa Stein, St Tropez, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin. à556 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 3051. 03 9329 9769. Tue-fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm; Sun 11am-2pm.
Vintage Garage Shappere Retrostar