Owned by genuine midwesterner, John Hollander, Midwest Vintage has been around since 1993 and is dedicated to vintage American style. Expect cowboy boots, old-school Levi’s, 80’s T-shirts, bomber jackets and more, all sourced directly from the USA. Prices run the gamut from below $100 for accessories and tees to the tens of thousands of dollars you could spend for authentic, vintage, leather jackets. There’s also a selection of worn leather suitcases for those who wish to travel in style. In addition to its vintage stock, Midwest also runs its own clothing label, First Edition.
Bang Bang 70s
As you can probably tell from its name, the Bang Bang 70s boutique specializes in 70s nostalgia. Their racks are brimming with disco, florals and wild prints that dominate the clothing selection, with the true standout being the store’s selection of pre-loved, designer bags and shoes sourced from Europe, Japan and Australia. Prices can rise well into the thousands but you can be assured that they’re the real deal. Quirky accessories such as old watches and jewelry are also available.
16 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong. +852 9045 8006
Vintage HK is one of the newer additions on this list but it’s got an eclectic collection of clothes, shoes, bags and various bric-a-brac, such as accessories and home items. There are some quality designer gems to be found if you’re willing to look hard. In addition to vintage pieces, it also retails new clothes sourced from independent designers. It’s got a classic, cluttered vintage shop vibe so be prepared to do some sifting!
G/F, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. +852 2545 9932
Eyewear obsessives, this one-of-a-kind boutique is your place. Select-18 has an unbeatable selection of sunglasses, from classic aviators to those oversized Chanel frames you’ve been dying to own. There’s also a great selection of used jewellery, luggage and clothing, including both handmade, unbranded goods and designer pieces. The non-designer items are reasonably price but be prepared to shell out thousands for the upscale bags and clothes.
For haute couture at a fraction of the retail price, book an appointment to visit Label Chic’s private showroom in Stanley. French-born owner, Heloise, houses an unbeatable collection of show-stopping, secondhand, French designer items, including labels like Hermes, Chanel, Balmain, Isabel Marant and more. Not ready to make the trek? You can also buy directly from the website.
Me and George
Located right next to the Ladies Market, this is a great place to score deals on gently-worn clothes imported from Europe, Japan, Korea and China. As a rule, prices are low and their stock consists of a mix of vintage items and factory rejects. If you dig hard enough, you could find designer rarities in the low hundreds. The teeming racks aren’t very orderly, but it’s well worth the rummage for those bargain prices.