For many, shopping is a unique form of relaxation. But, honestly, it’s not even a bit surprising. Stylish clothes and new accessories searching is really fun and can simply distract you from everyday bustle. It is even more exciting to hunt for rare vintage pieces that stood the test of time. When history and fashion collide, something beautiful always happens, don’t you agree? If you live in Los Angeles or just a tourist there - lucky you. The city boasts dozens of cool vintage stores worth paying a visit to. Here are our favorites!
It’s safe to say that Aralda carries vintage pieces from every major designer. The store's founder, Brynn Jones, has always dreamed of driving around the country selling her collection of long-forgotten branded clothing items. In 2016 Brynn finally launched her own vintage store. Once Aralda opened its doors, it soon became a hot destination for L.A.’s fashionistas. Fun fact: Aralda was featured in HBO’s hit series Euphoria. You might remember that scene in season two where the character Maddy is seen trying on an array of vintage pieces from Thierry Mugler, Chanel, Dior, and Halston. All of these incredible items came from the Aralda store!
Looking for a standout vintage piece? Decades, nestled on Melrose Avenue, is the right place for you. Opened in 1997, the boutique remains a world leader in the sale of pre-loved vintage, neo-vintage, and contemporary designer clothing. Decades is best known for its exclusive selection of vintage gowns. So if you have a special occasion approaching, you sure need to pay a visit. Here you’ll find a generous assortment of Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Fendi, and Prada, as well as other renowned brands, including contemporary ones. Decades works with top stylists, celebrities, Hollywood studios, and major publications around the world.
Recess is recognized for a meticulously curated, unique assortment of clothing, accessories, and home decor from the 20s to the present, including haute couture, non-designer, and global finds. Marie Monsod, the face behind the vintage boutique, has been enjoying fashion since her teens. Particularly passionate about rare vintage pieces, in 2010, Marie launched a namesake vintage showroom and then, in 2013, founded Recess. The store offers a mixture of contemporary consignment and vintage picks. Recess sells pieces by Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Celine, Jacquemus, and many other high-end brands.
Scout, on Melrose Avenue, is what you can call a hidden gem. The store is one of L.A.'s best-kept vintage secrets. Scout offers an inspirational hand-picked selection of vintage and designer clothing. The store is home to items from high-end labels such as Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, YSL, and more. If you like the minimalist and boho style, be sure to check the Scout out. You definitely won’t leave the store without buying something cool.
Located on La Brea Avenue, The Way We Wore is the top destination for women’s designer vintage. For years the retail boutique has been successfully providing premium clothing pieces, jewelry, and accessories with contemporary appeal. The store’s merchandise is curated by Doris Raymond, a professional with a keen eye. The selection is truly impressive! The first floor is organized by the decade, while the upstairs is all about haute couture, red carpet, and ultra-rare pieces. From Edwardian period treasures to trendy 90s and Y2K items, at The Way We Wore, you’ll find everything to any taste and budget.