Vintage, some people love it and stay as far away from the big fashion chains as possible. Are you a real vintage freak or would you like to purchase a unique item for a change, but you don’t know where to find beautiful and qualitative vintage clothing? Read below about five beautiful vintage stores Rotterdam has to offer!
Showroom 41 is much more than just a vintage shop. It’s also a barber shop and you can get your make-up done: the owner used to work as a make-up artist for big fashion magazines. So you can walk out of there with a complete new look. Showroom 41 focuses on high end vintage: beautiful brands and a lot of clothes from the 80’s. All the items are in perfect condition: shoe soles are replaced and all the garments are checked piece by piece, and repaired if necessary. The owner also designs her own line: L.I.O.N.E. You can buy this line, made of vintage material, at Showoom 41 as well. Her studio is located above the store. The shop is restyled recently, a job well done. Don’t have time to leave the house for some vintage shopping? You can also shop online in the webshop!
Ruby Lee and the Vintage Factory
The Nieuwe Binnenweg is starting to become a real vintage walhalla, with so many vintage shops. The long street has something to offer for every vintage lover: from shoes and clothing to tableware. For example, you’ll find the cute store Ruby Lee and the Vintage Factory there. The store is cozy but yet neatly organized. The owner describes the style of the shop as ‘Americana’. You’ll find wool sweaters, leather skirts, leather bags and nice accessoires. Everything is nicely sorted per item type, which makes it easier to look for a specific piece. The owner has worked in a lot of clothing stores before she opened Ruby Lee. She also used to work as a fashion designer. Eventually her love for vintage won, and she opened this store two years ago. Two months ago Ruby Lee’s ‘little sister’ opened: Savage Lily in Disguise. Savage Lily is also located on the Nieuwe Binnenweg and has a totally different appearance than Ruby Lee. Go see for yourself!
In the same street where you find Ruby Lee and Savage Lily, you also come across Sister Moon. This vintage shop already exists for twenty-two years! At Sister Moon you find not only unique vintage items, but also a new collection. The collection is supplemented with cute items every month, coming straight from Paris. The owner, Ron, travels regularly to this fashion capital with one of his stylists to collect new pieces for the shop. The store is cozy and colorful. Underneath the staircase a beautiful white Shepard Dog, named Rover, is quietly sleeping while you are looking around or trying on clothes. And yes, Sister Moon also offers vintage for the gentleman among us.
Also the Zwaanhals in Rotterdam North is a street well worth visiting if you love vintage. Volle Kast is one of the vintage shops you’ll spot there. At Volle Kast (full closet) you can buy secondhand designer clothes for women and children. Nice labels for a fine price. Since kids grow out of their clothes in no time, it’s a pleasure to save some money and still be able to buy cute brands. There is sale at Volle Kast right now, so be quick if you want to score some items at an extra fine price!
In a corner building at the Eendrachtsweg in the Witte de With block you find Dearhunter Vintage. The shop started out small three years ago: together with a barber shop in one room. Nowadays, Dearhunter Vintage has become a beautiful shop on it’s own. The store is recently renovated and very spacious and bright, because of the high ceiling and big windows. The shop has such a neat and calm atmosphere, despite the diversity: every item is unique, but yet the whole collection seems to fit together.