A hub of technology and artisan coffee, East London’s Shoreditch is a world away from what it used to be, with gentrification driving it forward. There are more than a few shops in the neighbourhood, however, that are firmly rooted in the past as purveyors of vintage. The place to find them? Brick Lane.
Starting as a market stall at The Old Truman Brewery’s Vintage Market, Here After expanded to a standalone shop at the top of Brick Lane (next to the Beigel Shop) in 2017. Its founder, Anna Farnham, travels the world in search of rare designer finds such as florescent orange Moschino jeans and Penny Lane-esque coats, along with vintage staples like Levi’s ‘Mom’ jeans and patchwork jackets. The store excels in pieces from the 1970s and 1990s.
Another Brick Lane heavyweight, Serotonin Vintage’s price points are a bit higher than its contemporaries. However, it prides itself on rare designer pieces, so it’s to be expected. You’ll find women’s garments from fashion powerhouses like Dior, Burberry, Versace and John Paul Gaultier lining its rails – usually of the eccentric type. Its newly launched men’s store sits at 194, with Stone Island a recurring theme.
Much like Here After, Nordic Poetry first started in a smaller space. The store popped up just off Brick Lane at the BOXPARK complex in 2014 before moving down Bethnal Green Road in 2017, to expand according to founder Ameli Lindgren’s vision. Nordic Poetry brings the vibes – from its men’s and women’s pieces that trace the 1970s right through to the noughties, to the bar that sits at the centre of the store.
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