Cape Town is well-known for its vintage scene and particularly well-dressed citizens. It is said that ‘true vintage’ qualifies as being at least 50 years old, however, ‘vintage’ also denotes something of high quality. In Cape Town, vintage is a culture and lifestyle enjoyed through the thrills of the hunt for unique pieces.
Behind the doors of this quaint little store, old meets new and anything goes. Situated on Church Street, just off Long Street, in the heart of the City Bowl, Babette Clothing offers a new-age vintage experience. From the moment you walk in you are greeted warmly by the reindeer horns, flying ducks, portraits and framed embroidery on the walls, which have just recently been repainted, adding a fun and timeless aesthetic to the brick-and-mortar store. Babette Clothing also runs an online store showcasing a collection of unique blouses, print dresses, vintage windbreakers and more available for order to your doorstep.
Barbara Talbot, a qualified fashion designer, opened the store after traveling through the vintage markets of Europe, East Asia and Australia. What was created was a unique ready-to-wear clothing line for the modern young woman. Each piece is youthful, full of character and always a little bit different. The authentic vintage garments are altered and reworked, making them especially wearable for today’s lifestyle.
In-store you will find an abundance of one-of-a-kind dresses, blouses, shorts, sheer skirts, imported vintage bags, jewellery, local artisan shoes, accessories, bric-a-brac and other retro finds.
Address: 41 Church St, Cape Town, South Africa
Operating hours: Winter Hours – Mon – Fri 9:30am – 5:30pm, Summer Hours – Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm | Saturdays & Public Holidays 10am – 4pm | Online Shop 24/7
THE CHANGING ROOM
Housing over 600 brands, The Changing Room is a women’s clothing store boasting a great stock of international luxury designer clothing brands such as Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Valentino. We all know how difficult it is to get our hands on the big designer names. You no longer have to ask that friend living overseas to ship your prized items, The Changing Room makes it easy with high-end labels available at your finger tips.
Every item is authenticated so you can be sure to only expect the very best in quality. Shop through a special selection of genuine leathers, including exotic crocodile, snake and buffalo skin for a statement belt, bag or shoe. The range of 100% silk scarves will be sure to give any outfit a classic flair. Light up the room in your choice of crystal embellished and accented pieces, gold and Sterling Silver jewellery, and vintage freshwater pearl necklaces.
As one of the city’s dedicated reselllers, The Changing Room offers any woman the chance to revive their wardrobe with timeless sophistication. In doing their part to be environmentally responsible, the store aims to upscale, recycle and extend the lifespan of luxury designer items through reconsigning and sharing them with those who treasure beautiful well-crafted pieces that last a lifetime.
Address: 6 Cavendish St, Cavendish, Cape Town
Operating hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm | Sat 10am – 2pm | Available online 24/7
Tel: 021 683 1736 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: The Changing Room
It is in fact quite rare to find vintage shops which started in what one could say, vintage times, but it’s not so impossible because that’s the case with Secondhand Rose.
Established in Claremont, Cape Town in 1971, this South African vintage shop stocks some of the most beloved of ladies items from eras pre-80s. It definitely takes a bit of specialist knowledge in style through the times to maintain a vintage shop within the eras, an admirable trait this particular vintage shop carries.
Secondhand Rose is set in a friendly environment with loyal customers going back 48 years. The shop offers a variety of vintage and contemporary items, both local and international. One can find items such as clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, and costume jewellery – all authentic wear stocked by this unique fashion shop in Cape Town.
Address: Grove on the Square, Warwick Street, Claremont, Cape Town
Operating hours: Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm | Sat 9.30am – 1.30pm
Tel: 021 674 4270 | Email: email@example.com | Website: secondhandrose.co.za
DUKE & THE DOLLS
Situated in Observatory, the family-run store is one for the collectors. Duke & The Dolls is fast becoming the go-to shop for props, memorabilia, vintage clothing and oddities. Whether you’re looking for an interesting festival outfit or an antique addition to your living room space, you are guaranteed to find something that no one else has.
The store also offers an array of pop-art to bring life to your walls, as well as quaint furniture you might not have known you have been missing. From toy cars to sewing machines, telephones and ornaments, the store houses carefully selected not-so antique and antique collector’s items that are unlike the rest. There is something for everyone if you take your time to sift through the rails, enjoying the homey ambiance.
Address: 90 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Operating hours: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm | Sun 10am – 4pm
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