Seven Of The Best Vintage Clothing Stores In Los Angeles
We've written before about L.A.'s best spots for unearthing vintage finds, but there's a lot of turnover in the city's retail industry. Great new vintage shops are opening up seemingly every day, even as beloved places close their doors for good. (RIP, Flamingo Vintage.) Hit up these seven stores for pieces that won't break the bank, but won't fall apart with a single wash; after all, why overpay for the same clothes everyone else in your office is wearing, when you can
dig through racks of used clothing piece together a vintage wardrobe that truly reflects your unique style? Plus, you get to feel good about yourself for being eco-friendly.
(The Left Bank, photo via Facebook)
The Left Bank
Tucked away on Fletcher Drive between the 5 Freeway and the L.A. River, The Left Bank is one of the city's best-kept vintage secrets. A sign propped outside beckons, "You've always driven by, why not stop?", and if you heed its advice, you'll find a super-affordable mishmash of designer and thrift pieces, housewares and accessories. The Left Bank fulfills some Silver Lake Shaman stereotypes—yes, they sell palo santo and air plants—but the shop's vibe is comfy and unpretentious. When you shop at The Left Bank, you never know whether you'll leave with a $3 pair of no-label jeans, a vintage Pucci scarf, or both. The Left Bank also hosts regular free comedy nights, complete with nachos, margaritas and games of cornhole. On your way out of Frogtown, stop across the street for a drink at Zebulon.
The Left Bank is located at 2479 Fletcher Drive in Frogtown. (818) 839-1992
(Photo by Emma Specter/LAist)
Cannonball & Tilly
Cannonball and Tilly is sandwiched between jam-packed thrift shops and Ethiopian restaurants on a busy stretch of Fairfax, but the shop is devoted solely to clothing, shoes and accessories. Cannonball and Tilly's owner, Laura Kranitz, is a veteran of the L.A. vintage scene, and you'll find everything from handmade Victorian slips to '80s cocktail dresses in her shop. Some of the vintage designer pieces tend to get a little pricey, but the $20-and-under rack outside the shop is a reliable source of gems, if you're willing to dig for them.
Cannonball & Tilly is located at 1029 S Fairfax Ave in Little Ethiopia. (323) 384-2640
(Photo via Painted Bird's website)
If ironic T-shirts are your thing, Painted Bird is the vintage store for you. (I recently unearthed a vintage "Too Late For Kermit Letterfrog" tee at Painted Bird that I had to exercise enormous restraint in not purchasing for $40.) Mixed in with the high-waisted '90s denim and terry-cloth athleisure, there are some surprisingly elegant vintage pieces to be found at Painted Bird, if that's what you're looking for—but if all you want is a nameplate necklace of a name that isn't yours, or a T-shirt that boldly asks the world, "Where's The Beef?", you will not be disappointed. Take note, vinyl fans; Painted Bird also boasts a $2 record rack.
Painted Bird is located at 4208 Santa Monica Blvd in Silver Lake. (323) 522-3368
(Photo by Joan S/Yelp)
Gotta Have It
Vintage shopping in Venice is always a wonderfully weird endeavor, and Gotta Have It's beachside location makes it a treasure trove of crocheted hippie vests and Esther Williams-style retro pinup swimsuits. Gotta Have It's bright turquoise facade and columns make it a visual staple of Venice, which is why you're likely to see hordes of tourists snapping pictures of it on their way to photograph the Venice sign on Windward. You might not find suitable work clothes at Gotta Have It, but you'll definitely be able to stock up on all the tie-dye and Hawaiian-print shirts you'll ever need. Plus, their extensive shoe selection features everything from huaraches to cowboy boots.
Gotta Have It is located at 1516 Pacific Ave in Venice. (310) 392-5949
(Recollection Vintage, photo via Facebook)
Recollection Vintage is small, but it is mighty; the tiny vintage shop on Hoover conducts a lot of business on its Instagram page, posting photos of its goods and encouraging visitors to "DM to purchase." The brick-and-mortar location is worth a visit, though—lots of quality pieces are hidden throughout the shop, and why sink $40 into a pair of vintage Levi's online without seeing how they fit in person? The try-it-on-first rule goes double for vintage shoes, which Recollection specializes in, boasting everything from 1950s pumps to clunky '90s sandals. Recollection's price point is refreshingly normal, especially considering its Silver Lake-adjacent location; you'll find the occasional $200 leather jacket, but most of the shop's pieces are in good condition and under $50. If you prefer to shop al fresco, Recollection's owners wheel racks full of their clothes to the flea market in Sunset Triangle Plaza every Saturday.
Recollection Vintage is located at 606 N Hoover St in Virgil Village.
(Photo by Collin C/Yelp)
There's no shortage of vintage shops in Los Feliz, from Squaresville (wild, vaguely '70s-inspired clothes) to Paper Moon (ladylike retro frocks and strings of pearls.) Replay Vintage might not be the first shop you gravitate to on the always-bustling block of Vermont, but it's the place to go for real-deal men's and women's pieces that toe the perfect line between "fussy" and "sloppy." The shop's selection of vintage dresses is carefully curated, but down-to-earth and wearable enough that you won't feel like you're cosplaying as a Mad Men character. (Unless that's what you're into.) The front of Replay's shop is devoted to dead-stock vintage sunglasses, which you can also browse online to zero in on that perfect pair of gigantic Joan Didion-style shades.
Replay Vintage is located at 1766 N Vermont Ave in Los Feliz. (323) 667-9773
(The Bearded Beagle, via Facebook)
The Bearded Beagle
The Bearded Beagle began as an Etsy store in 2012, and has grown to occupy locations in Highland Park and Los Feliz. Both are quintessential L.A. vintage shops—low-priced, offbeat and full of trendy youths (Occidental undergrads in Highland Park, postgrads killing time between UCB classes in Los Feliz.) The Bearded Beagle puts together mini-lookbooks of its goods on the store Instagram, pulling in store employees and random hip shoppers to serve as impromptu models.
The Bearded Beagle has locations at 5926 N Figueroa Street in Highland Park, and at 4646 Hollywood Blvd in Los Feliz. (323) 258-5898