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How to buy vin­tage de­signer, in­side the cap­i­tal’s first Prada store, and win an evening gown

1. www.the­frock.com A beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion of high qual­ity cou­ture that in­cludes Vic­to­rian, Ed­war­dian, Flap­per and Mid Cen­tury. It also houses pri­vate col­lec­tions that come from the wardrobes of lu­mi­nar­ies such as Lu­cille Ball, Mar­lene Di­et­rich and Sophia Loren. All ar­rive with a copy of a Let­ter of Au­then­tic­ity from the con­signor and a house Cer­tifi­cate of Au­then­tic­ity. 2. www.vin­tage­seek­ers.com A wider col­lec­tion of clas­sic finds cat­e­gorised un­der fash­ion, jew­ellery, watches, orig­i­nal film posters, rare books and fur­ni­ture. One can find any­thing from a 1960s Her­mès brown croc­o­dile bag to a 1980s Valentino Linen Shift Dress or 1961 As­ton Martin DB4. 3. www.if­pock­et­stalked.com An easy to nav­i­gate site with a vast se­lec­tion of de­sign­er­wear that can be fil­tered by pri­ce­point, size and de­signer. There is also a spe­cial sec­tion for new items with tags for spe­cial­ist col­lec­tors such as Lan­vin’s col­lec­tion for H&M if you are look­ing for some­thing in par­tic­u­lar. 4. www.vin­tage­cou­ture.com With a de­signer blog shop show­cas­ing new finds from the likes of Valentino, Chanel and Ver­sace, and a features sec­tion that ad­vises us how to style cer­tain vin­tage prod­ucts, this is a great site to browse if you are look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion. 5. www.itsv­in­tagedar­ling.com A UK based vin­tage on­line bou­tique that de­liv­ers a high qual­ity se­lec­tion of vin­tage finds from the 1900s to the 1990s of dresses, shoes, ac­ces­sories and home­wear and in­cludes a blog that keeps us up to date with all things vin­tage world­wide.

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