Melbourne is known for many things, including being the hippest and most fashionable city in Australia. Fortunately, there are plenty of vintage clothing stores to visit to find the perfect outfit for exploring Melbourne. Here are the best vintage boutiques you need to check out in Melbourne.
Secondo is known for its luxury vintage items, as they regularly stock pieces from renowned international labels like Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Prada. But there are vintage pieces to suit all budgets in the store. Secondo also stocks a range of pre-loved designer accessories, including bags from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Chloe. The store is always welcome to new clients who are interested in consigning their own luxury vintage garments.
The two Hunter Gatherer stores in Melbourne — located in Fitzroy and the Royal Arcade in the CBD — are run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a non-profit organisation. The Brotherhood works to alleviate and prevent poverty across Australia. All of the vintage and retro-inspired fashion pieces found at Hunter Gatherer are hand-picked by volunteers from the thousands of items donated to the Brotherhood annually. So feel good about shopping for vintage wares at Hunter Gatherer, as your purchase goes directly towards helping the community.
American Rag has been operating in Melbourne for 28 years, and has stores in both the QV Shopping Centre and Southgate. Eileen Carney is the American-born but Australian-based owner of American Rag. Her team regularly travels to the States to hand-pick the best vintage clothing, footwear, and accessories for the entire family. Pay particular attention to their impressive vintage dress collection, which has pieces from as early as the 1930s. Both stores are restocked with new pieces weekly, so you never know what you’ll discover in American Rag.
Out of the Closet has been operating from Brunswick Street in hipster Fitzroy since the late 80s. The team at Out of the Closet pride themselves on providing fashionable, affordable, and high quality vintage clothing. All of the vintage clothing in-store is hand-picked overseas. They have a large selection of 90s dresses for under $40, as well as vintage men’s pop culture and American sports shirts from the 90s. There’s also another Out of the Closet store in Melbourne’s city centre, which has a large collection of vinyl records.
Martin Fella, the owner of Martin Fella Vintage, hand-picks all clothing for his store from auctions in Australia, Asia, and the United Kingdom. His North Melbourne store stocks a variety of pre-loved luxury brands, including Givenchy, Chanel, Christian Dior, and YSL. These pieces are mixed in with other high-quality, unbranded items. Fella also stocks an extensive range of classic men’s vintage pieces. In winter, Fella is known to sell his mother’s colourful hand-made beanies.
Bruce is a designer consignment store, owned by New Yorker Emily Oberlin and her partner Daniel Nielsenbeck. They have two Bruce locations: in Clifton Hill and on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy. Bruce is known for its selective range of designer vintage and second-hand pieces, from brands like Diane Von Furstenberg, Paul Harnden Shoemakers, Isabel Marant, and Prada.