Why pay for distressed designer duds when you can get the real thing? Save cash – and the world (kinda) – by buying second-hand at one of Vancouver’s best vintage clothing shops.
True Value Vintage
The perfect fedora awaits at this subterranean treasure trove, which boasts an extensive hat selection. Also a prime destination for vintage sportswear – and classic hockey jerseys and more. (Go Nordiques?) 710 Robson St., 604-685-5403.
Climb those zebra-print stairs to find the formalwear update you need. Start with a classic designer suit and add cufflinks, a bow tie and even a briefcase. Slide on a pair of Dunhill shades from yesteryear, slip a flask into your pocket and you’re set. 831 Granville St., 604-694-0322.
From zippers and silver studs to tassels and embroidery, the leather jackets that line the walls of this expansive shop mostly reflect two styles: rocker and Western. An impressive assortment of cowboy boots stands proud on the floor in the shadow of endless racks of rock T-shirts. 590 Davie St., 604-872-7665.
Timed with the arrival of its massive summer selection, this boutique moved from Gastown to spacious new Main Street digs. Update your beachwear with vintage trunks and a Hawaiian shirt, or get campfire-ready with an old-school Cowichan sweater. 4366 Main St., 604-687-8200.
At Mintage, pair old with new: Penguin and Ben Sherman duds work perfectly with second-hand duds, including the city’s best selection of vests from suede to silk. 1714 Commercial Dr., 604-871-0022; 1946 W.4th Ave., 604-646-8243.
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