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.
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.
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.