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The Tannery Boutique Shopping Mall | © Jocelyn Kinghorn/Flickr
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The Best Fashion Boutiques and Vintage Shops in Christchurch

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Updated: 31 August 2017
Christchurch based fashionistas, we’re about to set you up for your next shopping spree. Whether you’re one for the newest garments or you’ve got an affinity for all things retro, there are plenty of trend-setting shops to explore in this cool New Zealand city. Here are some of the best vintage stores and fashion boutiques you’ll stumble across on your travels.
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Madam Butterfly’s Vintage Style Boutique

Dresses, blouses, necklaces, gloves, hats and corsets – if it’s retro, you’re guaranteed to spot it at the abundant Madam Butterfly’s Vintage Style Boutique. Entering this classic shop is like venturing into a time capsule, where all things fabulous and refined have been diligently preserved. Women’s fashion is the clear focus, with ornate accessories and antique wedding garments being a part of the equation too.

Madam Butterfly’s Vintage Style Boutique, 477 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand, +64

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The Flock

The Flock is a fashion boutique with a strong sense of sustainability. All its clothing are sourced from ethical designers who share their vision of quality over quantity. This beautiful store at The Tannery mall showcases a trove of stylish contemporary products, from fashionable clothing to stationery and decor. Emphasis is given to New Zealand creatives, though you’ll likely snag your fair share of international items too.

The Flock, , +64 3-389 9242

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Ferry Antique Centre

The Ferry Antique Centre is as much an antique collector’s playground as it is a fashionista’s paradise. Among its treasured pieces you’ll find art-deco style dresses, fine porcelains, ties, antique walking sticks, leather handbags, and costume jewellery. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the Ferry Antique traders will actually go out of their way to source it – the shop even has a little black book for keeping records of their customers’ requests.

Ferry Antique Centre, 282 Ferry Rd, Waltham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3-376 4016

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Infinite Definite

A modern, independent boutique that stocks an eclectic mix of handpicked designer items. Infinite Definite’s inventory consists of more than 60 brands from New Zealand, Australia and abroad, and covers just about every single style imaginable. From street-style giants like Adidas, to trendy Kiwi labels like Karen Walker and Twenty Seven Names, the sheer variety in women’s and men’s apparel is bound to keep you guessing.

Infinite Definite, 246 High St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3-371 7465

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Etcetera

Why not add a bit of history with your stylish threads? Etcetera is known for stocking a wonderful collection of costume jewellery, vintage fashion, and all kinds of military antiques. War medals, photo albums, battle daggers, military helmets – if you want to see New Zealand’s history come alive, make some to time to explore Etcetera’s diverse military artifacts collection. Etcetera is also home to timeless collection of clothing and accessories that is always refined and extremely authentic.

Etcetera Secondhand Dealers, 194 Edgeware Rd, Edgeware, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand, +64 3-385 5117

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NG Boutique

The NG Boutique offers a compelling, and quite literal, contrast of old and new. The shop is housed in a heritage building on Madras Street, using its gallery-like space to showcase the newest styles and trends to hit its shelves. Since opening in 2004, the boutique has marvelled its stylish patrons with a carefully curated selection of brands, including Comme des Garçons, Ann Demuelemeester, Casey Casey, Philippe Vidalenc and 6X4.

NG Clothing Boutique, 212 Madras St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3-366 8683

NG Boutique | Courtesy of NG Boutique

NG Boutique | Courtesy of NG Boutique

Retropolitan

Retropolitan is your one-stop shop for all things ‘6os. From iconic clothing items like blazers, ties, and vests, to accessories like rolling pins, tupperware and and woolen blankets, the shop is bursting at the seams with vintage treasures. In fact, Retopolitan’s collection of classic menswear is practically unbeatable in its diversity and scope – so if it’s classic male fashion that you’re trying to find, this is the best place to visit.

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Rouche

Located right at the heart of Merivale Mall, Rouche is a stylish boutique that stocks a meticulous selection of new and established brands, local and international. It’s the type of shop that you’re bound to lose track of time exploring, as its collection is expansive. Notable names on its shelves include Lonely Hearts, Kate Sylvester, and Deadly Ponies.

Rouche, 189 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand, +64 3-355 9229