As someone once said, ‘old is the new new’. Vintage isn’t just an aesthetic for many Brightonians, it’s a way of life. From the bygone days of bespoke tailoring and frills to the uniform utilitarianism of the 1990s, here are the best place to pick up pre-loved threads in Brighton.
Tucked away on Vine Street, Beyond Retro is the destination for serious vintage aficionados; the shop floor feels at times like a costumier – and it’s easy to lose yourself in Lennon glasses and tie-dye. Their range of menswear and womenswear is comprehensive, with a finger firmly on the pulse of current and upcoming trends.
Americana is always strong with the trend force and Dirty Harry’s, with its infamous Eastwood sign, trades it in spades. With grungy flannel, Levi’s and more dungarees than you can find at a farming convention, there’s enough packed in to make shopping an endurance sport.
As tantalising as a verboten rummage through your big sister’s closet, climbing the steps to the annex above Snoopers Paradise gets the heart racing with treasure-seeking anticipation. Mixing the goods of talented local designers with well preserved vintage, each piece forms an integral part of the overall collection. A treat for the eyes as well as the wardrobe.
To Be Worn Again
There are two locations of To Be Worn Again for a reason – both are jam-packed with the goods for an authentic, new-old look. It’s a great shop for young-un’s and they can usually be spotted trying on once-loved shell suit jackets and clogs. The sale rails, outside in all weathers, are a good place to spot a bargain on a walk through the North Laine.
Hope & Harlequin
The Grande Dame of Brighton’s vintage scene, Hope & Harlequin is known for the elegant designs that grace its window – each piece so pretty and detailed, it feels like couture. There’s also a line of romantic wedding frocks – both vintage and vintage inspired – to make a special day even more unique.