6 of Shanghai's best vintage stores
A love for vintage is a recent introduction to Shanghai’s shopping scene, but there are already some sweet boutiques flying the flag for classic clothing and accessory styles.
Here are six of the best.
1. Lolo Love Vintage
Owned by local stylist Lolo Luo, this store is something of a mecca for Shanghai's vintage lovers.
Earlier this year, Lolo made the move from its original address, the now-defunct 696 Weihai Lu complex, to a bigger and better leafy location down a lane in the former French Concession.
A variety of eras are represented among the hats (RMB 380-580), dresses (from RMB 280 up to RMB 3,000 for serious evening-wear), designer handbags (around RMB 2,000 for famous brands), shoes (RMB 220 and up), glasses and jewelry (from RMB 50 for a pair of earrings).
Everything in this room was handpicked by Luo on her trips to Europe.
Mostly women's wear, the kitschy-cute boutique also features a small selection for guys.
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Lolo Love Vintage, first wooden door, Lane 87 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Lu 五原路87弄第一个木门, 近常熟路, +86 21 6433 1789, noon-10 p.m.
This whimsical boutique is the brainchild of Cairn Wu Reppun, the mind behind Shanghai's ready-to-wear Kaileeni label.
As well as her own brand, William the Beekeeper (affectionately known as WTB) stocks vintage clothing and accessories sourced from locations as far-flung as the United States and Korea, as well as on consignment from Shanghai's local fashionistas.
New styles appear regularly and prices are affordable -- a silk day dress can be yours for around RMB 450, while tops are priced from RMB 100.
If you have a sweet tooth as well as a savvy sense of style, WTB also sells honey from the family farm in Hawaii ... delicious.
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William the Beekeeper, 84 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu 汾阳路84号, 近复兴中路, +86 21 3460 3282 , Tuesday-Friday: 11:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m., www.williamthebeekeeper.com
3. Meuh! La Boutique
French fashion designer, Hélène Meunier, arrived in Shanghai in 2002 and has been stocking her vintage-inspired label, Meuh! La Boutique in her Tai'an Lu store since 2009.
Known for her “Mad Men-esque” hourglass-hugging designs, Meunier creates outfits for both men and women and has recently started stocking genuine vintage items in store.
After spending summer 2011 in Europe sourcing the most outstanding vintage pieces she could find, Meuh! La Boutique is now home to purses, hats, shoes, blouses, coats and dresses from 1920s to 1980s -- all in mint condition.
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Meuh! La Boutique, 29 Tai’an Lu, near Xingguo Lu 泰安路29号, 近兴国路, +86 136 8177 1302, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (closed on Thursday), www.meuh-creation.com
4. Uptown Record Store / Disco Kitty Vintage
Intrepid shoppers should make their way to the labyrinth of underground rooms that makes up the Uptown Record Store, which now also includes a space for vintage clothing and accessories known as Disco Kitty. The latter features a variety of primarily 1960s and 1970s dresses, tops, skirts and more.
The former-bomb-shelter-turned-record-and-vintage-clothing-store is a haven of vinyl for old-school music lovers, with an extensive selection of good-condition seven-inch and 12-inch punk, pop, rock and electronica.
Local DJ crew, Sub-Culture, has its own section stocking dub 'n' bass, dub-step and hip-hop.
Expect to pay between RMB 40 to above RMB 100 per piece.
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Uptown Record Store / Disco Kitty Vintage 115 Pingwu Lu, near Xingfu Lu 平武路115号, 近幸福路, +86 21 5404 0970, 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
One of Shanghai most unique and intimate vintage boutiques, Shanghai Code's stock-in-trade is vintage eyeglasses from 1940 to 1980s.
Come here to find a mind-blowing array of locally-sourced frames and sunglasses priced from RMB 180 (up to over RMB 2,000 for the particularly special pairs). And if sunglasses aren’t your thing, they also carry vintage watches from the iconic Shanghai Watch brand (priced from RMB 240 to RMB 1,200).
Shanghai Code's owner, Shelly Fan, is a hit with customers and is known for being both friendly and knowledgeable, though she doesn't speak a whole lot of English.
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Shanghai Code, back entrance, Lane 2, 274 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu 泰康路274弄2号后门, 近思南路, +86 21 6473 6581, noon-8 p.m., email@example.com
6. Anxi Second-hand clothes market
This Changning District market is populated by an interesting combination of older shoppers --less style mavens than bargain hunter -- and young fashionistas searching for a unique gem among the racks and racks of uninspiring rough.
The hunt is half the fun in this place, where eagle-eyed shoppers can pick up an amazing leather jacket, floral-print day dresses, cat's-eye sunglasses or tartan woolen skirts, perfect for Shanghai's damp winter.
The selection of sweaters with -- let's just call them “odd” -- English-language slogans are another highlight.
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Anxi Second-hand Clothes Market, 1335 Kaixuan Lu, near Anshun Lu 凯旋路1335号, 近安顺路, +86 21 6283 5496, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.