Planning a shopping spree on your next trip to the Netherlands? Make sure to stop by Utrecht and check out the city’s fantastic vintage fashion scene. This beautiful, Medieval town is only a short train journey away from Amsterdam and contains an impressive number of secondhand and retro clothing stores.
The team behind Notorious Clothing collects and modifies retro womenswear. The store focuses on 20th-century fashion and sells brand new clothing that is inspired by classic styles. Hundreds of unique items can be found in Notorious Clothing’s central showroom and its staff will happily adjust clothing in order to suit specific body types.
📍 Notorious Clothing, Voorstraat 41, Utrecht + 31 030 737 0483
Vintage-United is an online platform based in Utrecht that stocks preloved luxury designer labels. The store sells apparel and accessories from leading international brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo at seriously reduced prices. Vintage-United also buys clothes, in case you’re looking to offload, and will help clear up customers’ crowded wardrobes. Vintage-United’s stylists can be reached by appointment and on November 26th, 2016, they will be making an appearance at the Designer Vintage Sale Event at Amsterdam’s Amstel Hotel.
📍 Vintage United, Vechtoever 45, Utrecht +31 2630840
Het Kaufhaus deliberately keeps its collection small and carefully curates its wardrobes. Nonetheless, its stock is always affordable and invariably on trend. The store actually donates large parts of its profit to charity and buys its clothes from ethical sources. The team recently set up a style blog and will gladly share fashion tips in person.
De ARM is a non-profit organisation that sells secondhand clothing, furniture, bikes and antiques, in order to raise funds for charitable enterprises. The store on Oudegracht is huge and contains an enormous basement that stocks a plethora of vintage clothing. All of De Arm’s collections are donated and the prices are always exceptionally low, making it a paradise for vintage treasure hunters.
📍 De ARM Kleding, Oudegracht 274, Utrecht +31 30 2328410
Sussies has been selling vintage clothing for over a decade. It started off as a small venture that eventually grew into one of the Netherlands’ largest secondhand retailers. Its store in Utrecht is on the northern border of the city’s old town- an area steeped in history. The store’s collection is particularly eclectic and features a massive range of clothing including cowboy boots, Japanese kimonos and classic military gear.
📍 Sussies, Voorstraat 50, Utrecht +31 30 752 2109
Episode has an eye for style and keeps its wardrobes stocked with secondhand items that match current trends in the fashion world. Its collection changes by season and always features particularly cool clothing that wouldn’t look out of place on a fashion blog or a fashionista’s Instagram account. The store is built into the side of Oudegracht canal and is spread over two floors- including a subterranean showroom.