The Best Vintage Shops in Leeds
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Vintage shops aren’t as predominant as they were just five years ago, with many closing their doors or moving online. It’s also a little trickier to track them down in Leeds
as they aren’t as highly concentrated around one area, as in Manchester’s Northern Quarter
. If you’re planning a vintage shopping trip to Leeds, here are the five addresses that you need to make a bee-line for.
This northern institution first opened its doors in Leeds before spreading across neighbouring cities. Impressively, the original store has now been open for ten years, although it now boasts a permanent location on Call Lane rather than its original Kirkgate Market stall. Offering pre-loved pieces for both genders, Blue Rinse
does sell unaltered vintage garments but it specialises in reworked clothes crafted from recycled fabrics. The store itself is much larger than your usual vintage shop, spanning four floors that showcases everything from printed leggings and flannel shirts to pretty floral dresses and rock band t-shirts. Keep your eyes peeled for their covetable kilo sales.
Hailing from just down the M62 in Manchester, Pop Boutique is now a heavyweight in the UK’s vintage scene with further stores in Liverpool and London. Expect a variety of vintage looks with a concentration on styles from the sixties, seventies and eighties and a complementary soundtrack of hit songs from the same period. There’s also a diverse range of own-brand items that utilise recycled vintage fabrics with more contemporary designs for those who are just dipping their toes into the vintage look.
Pop Boutique, 12-14 Central Rd, City Centre, Leeds, UK, +44 113 243 2264
If it’s vintage jewellery that you’re after, Aladdin’s Cave’s
quite literal name offers you an insight into what you will find behind the rather unassuming doorway. This family-run shop offers excellent customer service with the staff going out of their way to help you track down the perfect item for a gift or even a truly unique engagement ring. The jewellery and accessories that they stock range from all eras throughout history, rather than focusing on the past fifty years as other vintage stores often do.
True to its name, Best
is an excellent destination for trawling through rails of vintage gems. Whether you’re looking for something a little different to wear for a night out or you’re a dedicated vintage convert looking to update your entire wardrobe, this treasure trove of retro gems is the place to head. Like most other contemporary vintage shops, Best offers its own range of reworked garments. These are mostly tailored towards the current nineties revival; with plenty of cropped sweatshirts, slip dresses and flannel shirts that all prove especially popular around festival season
Twit-Woo Vintage Boutique
If you prefer your vintage a little prettier, Twit-Woo offers more of a boutique experience. Housed within the Corn Exchange, this beautiful little store fits in perfectly with its surroundings. Regularly updated with flirty frocks, cute cardigans, elegant accessories and a variety of complimentary vintage memorabilia, this is the perfect destination for those seeking more styles from the 1950’s and 1960’s as opposed to more modern vintage attire.
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