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Lapa in Rio de Janeiro is the city’s hotspot for nights out and clubbing, yet it also has a burgeoning fashion scene. The old buildings and shabby walls give an ageing and carefree charm to Lapa, and this is reflected in the growing number of vintage shops within the neighborhood. Whilst Rio is not a central hub for vintage fashion, there are certainly hidden gems and beauties that are well worth seeking out.
In Brazil, the best places to find vintage items are brechos, which is the names for thrift or second-hand shops. There are several dotted around Rio, especially in the south zone and Lapa. Culture Trip headed to Lapa to discover the best places to go for the hottest vintage finds.
Bazar Noir is an alternative fashion event selling original and vintage pieces, which has been in business for more than 10 years. The irregular events take place in Teatro Odisseia, a nightclub in Lapa. The pieces truly on offer are unique, with various clothes, accessories and original decorations to choose from. For a traditional-style corset or vintage dresses and accessories, this is the place to go. They also sell gothic clothes and accessories, as well as tees bearing the logos of cult films, series and bands.
Teatro Odisseia, Av. Mem de Sá, 66, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2226 9691
This tiny little space in the heart of Lapa sells everything in terms of fashion, such as clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. The small room is packed with items, mostly second hand, yet the odd true vintage piece can be found here and there.
Brecho Point Lapa, Rua Joaquim Silva, 24, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 8204 1975
By Sarah Brown