My friends have long known that I am a vintage queen! Upon looking at my wardrobe I realised that around 50% of my goods came from secondhand shops. One of the best things about travelling to a new city for me is the pre-loved shopping. I have picked up scarves in Japan, jewellery in Korea, and bags upon bags of pre-owned pleasures in the States! I once even found a gorgeous Burberry trench for US$10! For years I have heard that the HK vintage scene doesn’t measure up to other destinations, but with a little digging I found that this city actually boasts a hearty helping of nearly new outlets. Get out there and start digging, ladies!
I have stopped in here dozens of times hoping for a bargain find… but most things are quite pricey! It’s worth a look though as you can wander down memory lane with rotary phones, vintage pins and purses like your grandmother would own! If you are in the market for girly jewellery then stop in for a peek.
Bang Bang 70’s
Take a step back in time at Bang Bang 70’s. Here you can find disco worthy duds, designer shoes and bags, and some very groovy accessories and memorabilia.
You can find some awesome 80’s poly blend dresses here in totally rad prints! My favourite though is the rack of leather and suede blazers which I have seen for as low as $400! It is tight quarters and smells vintagey for sure… but there are some good buys to be had!
I’m sure you have popped in here when you’ve had a moment to spare. The handbags are lust worthy and are in beautiful shape! No one would know they are secondhand! Brand off also sells accessories and jewellery from all your fave designers too!
Brand Off 28 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
2868 1221 www.brandoff.com
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If you are in the market for more recent high-end goods then Chew is the spot for you. Stanley Ho’s daughter Ho Chiu Wan is the owner and she knows what her clients love (i.e last season Stella and Dior)! Clothing and accessories are on offer with price tags deeply discounted from the stores in which they originally came!
Chew Closet, 6/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 0188, click here for further info
Boasting two Causeway shops, this boutique carries a vast selection of clothing and accessories from every decade (well, nearly)! The stock is mostly imported from Europe and changes as often as the weather, so check back often!
Several locations in HK
This sweet spot houses a mix of vintage leather bags and new handmade dresses created by the shop owner. You can also find vintage inspired jewellery and accessories to compliment any outfit!
Dinner with Dorian
Get a preview of the pretty skirts and conservative floral dresses online, then set up an appointment to view and try on the collection at their showroom in Lai Chi Kok. Prices are affordable ($150-300) so be prepared to scoop up several pieces upon arrival!
Dinner with Dorian Unit 5, 4/F, Sun Cheong Industrial Building, 2-4 Cheung Yee Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong
3568 4391 www.dinnerwithdorian.com/…
Consignment is the name of the game at Green Ladies, so you may want to clean our your closet before you go! The clothing on offer is current, trend goods that are in like-new condition. They also have a selection of shoes, accessories, and handbags. Consigners can also choose to put some of the profits towards the St. James’ Settlement, which supports several local charity projects! Shopping never felt so good!
Green Ladies G/F, St. James’ Settlement Headquarters, 85 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2831 3204 www.greenladies.sjs.org.hk/…
Hong Kong Salvation Army
Salvation Army is known for super low prices and for using the profits for those in need. You can find literally everything here from clothing and books, to home goods and kids toys.
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This small space is tucked (you guessed it!) in between two streets tucked deep in Sheung Wan. Even though it’s small, be prepared to spend some time. The counters are crammed with a variety of tiny goodies… from vintage brooches, to leather bags, to old toys and fun things for oddity collectors. We were keen on the pins made for piling on and sprucing up any jacket with a bit of nostalgic charm!
InBetween Shop 6 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
9677 7815 www.inbetweenshop.com
Though the website could induce a seizure (or at least bring you back to your MySpace days), the stock is high end. Local celebs are said to have sold their goods here and you can find loads of designer clothing and accessories in this small space.
LadyPlace Unit A, 1/F World Trust Tower, eet, ., 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
2854 2321 www.ladyplace.com
Tucked away in what looks to be a cross of a wet market and a basement near Caroline Hill Road is Luddite. Watch your head as you wander around because clothing hangs from every surface. We loved the old varsity jackets, hippie inspired patchwork dresses and boho tops! There were also some very cool leather accessories perfect for gift giving to cool guys everywhere!
Luddite G/F, 15 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2870 0422 www.facebook.com/…
Mademoiselle Chic Boutique
French born Heloise has made it her mission to bring beautiful French focused fashion to Hong Kong the eco and affordable way… by selling secondhand! Book an appointment at her showroom to find everything from Maje and Sandro to Isabel Marant, Chanel, Hermes, and Dior! She has everything from clothing (most under $2000) to shoes (again, most under $2000) and bags (around $4,000+), and even a few accessories… all with deeply discounted prices from retail! Pieces are in like-new condition and she only accepts consignments from those she knows and trusts, and those that can prove the goods are real! While here, check out the adorable kids selection she has on hand as well. Keep an ear out as Heloise is in the works of planning a pop up soon!
Mademoiselle Chic Boutique House 8, Stanley Court, 9 Stanley Mound Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
6254 2010 www.mademoisellechicboutique.com
Me and Gee (Me & George)
This is a great place for cheapity-cheap secondhand scores from Japan and Korea! You will have to dig to find the treasures, but it is worth it when you do. Be sure to go up the staircase in the back where you will find a massive rack of 80’s dresses. I scored a silk peplum blazer here that I am obsessed with… Oh, and it was only $60!
9 Li Yuen Street West, Central (No phone. No website – they are that old school!)
Find them at several locations around Hong Kong
Both new and vintage clothing is stocked at Microwave. This is the place to shop if you are looking to get snapped by street style photographers, as the pieces are bold and meant to cause a scene! We love how over the top the garments are, meaning that you will never show up at the same party matching any of the other guests!
Microwave G/F, 7 School Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2566 8823 www.facebook.com/…
I miss my US Goodwill buying trips, but I’ve discovered that I can get the same rush here! Items are sourced from the US Salvation Army and Goodwill, and are brought back to be sold by American owner John Hollander. Loads of 90’s denims, flannels, leathers, and good ol’ fashioned cowboy boots can be found here!
Midwest Shop 58, G/F, Victoria Centre, 15 Watson Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2802 6886 www.midwest-vintage.com
If you are after a little ‘something old’ for your wedding day then check out this site or better yet make an appointment to see the goods for yourself! Mrs. Vintage stocks lacey wedding dresses from the 1960’s and 70’s ($3000-4000) along with a host of accessories in every price point to add to your ‘something new’ dress that you may already have! Even if you are not a bride you can find a hearty offering of printed vintage dresses priced to move at around $250 each!
Mrs. Vintage 903B, Kaiser Centre, 18 Centre Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
9784 8124 www.mrs-vintage.com/…
If you are looking for vintage inspired tee’s or leather jackets then you have come to the right place! There is not just repro’s here! You can find the real deal vintage in the form of military jackets and flannels that have been imported from the US and Japan.
Oldies, 28 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2575 8775
This is a treasure trove for all that are infatuated with 80’s designer vintage… me! Heart shaped Chanel bags sit alongside studded Versace ones, while matching shoes lie just beneath ($500-5000). Racks are stocked with Chanel and Gucci coats and mannequins boats chunky Escada jewels! Prices range from $1000-6000 for the jewels, $1000-12,000 for bags, and $500-40,000 for clothing. You can find a steal but the real gems are priced as such. Even those with shallow pockets should still stop in to see the beauty of these pieces!
OnceStyle 1/F, 8 On Wo Lane (above Ronin), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
2889 3660 www.oncestyle.com
Oxfam Hong Kong
You can find pretty much everything here from house wares to clothing in this green and white painted shop. Proceeds go towards supporting Oxfam’s charitable projects so you can feel good about your purchases!
Oxfam Hong Kong B/F, Shop 8, Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong
2522 1765 www.oxfam.org.hk/…
Paris Station, Milan Station, France Station, Italy Station, VIP Station
Gently used handbags from nearly every top designer are on offer at Paris Station and the other branches (Milan Station, Italy Station, etc). Outlets can be found all over town and most have the bags on accessible shelves so you can play dress up with the purses without having to have an associate remove it from a glass cabinet. Many also have designer wallets, scarves, and jewellery for sale too. In the past I have been offered a discount up to 10% if I was willing to pay cash.
They stock loads of music equipment, but pay special attention to the vintage music t-shirts! There are reproductions too of all the classic bands so you are sure to find the perfect present here for a music lover in your life!
Retrostone 1/F, 504 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2838 6419 www.facebook.com/…
Reverie-A Girl Can Dream
New to the HK vintage scene is this pretty little gem tucked inside a hair salon! On the racks you will find custom made Dior, embroidered Balmain, and bold Moschino pieces! What sets this shop apart from others is that they also stock their own line of clothing inspired by the authentic goods so you can have the same look for less and in a variety of sizes where the original vintage pieces are only available in the one off size! This shop is perfect for picking up striking gifts for your friends or for yourself so stop in and see what dreams are made of!
Reverie-A Girl Can Dream 23/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
2337 6998 www.reverieagirlcandream.com
Satisfactory Vintage Emporium
You can discover everything here from designer handbags to accessories and even wedding dresses! Because it is vintage, buy it when you see it. Most items are one-offs so if you snooze you lose!
Grab a coffee at Oolaa and then cross the street to find a treasure trove of vintage goods! This shop is known for their vast array of showstopping sunglasses at unbeatable prices (mostly under HK$200)! That Girl Payal found some incredible black cat eye’s here for a steal! I also love the treasure trove of new and used gold statement jewels. Then pick up one or three of their vintage suitcases to haul it all home in! They look great stashed in a corner or even stacked as an impromptu end table!
Select 18 Shop A, 18, Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong
9127 3657 www.facebook.com/…
Somewhere in Time
The place to go for stunning vintage jewellery! There are drawers and drawers filled with broaches, necklaces, giant clip on earrings, and racks of necklaces. The art deco bracelets are amazing, as are the tiny, bedazzled clutches – perfect for a formal event! Look out for discounted goods (I have scored pieces here for as little as $100)!
Somewhere in Time Shop A, 63 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
6306 1738 www.facebook.com/…
If you are looking for a vintage LV or Goyard trunk then you must come here! The prices are high but you could walk away with a piece of history as some of these trunks date back over 100 years! The Vintage Concept also has loads of gorgeous antique watches, chunky gold Chanel jewellery from the 80’s and 90’s, and spectacular preowned Hermes bags! Totally worth a gander if you are in the area!
The Vintage Concept Shop 7 – 8, Ground Floor, Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
2522 2070 www.thevintageconcept.com
This shop has been on the scene for around five years and serves up everything from dishes to Dior! There are loads of shoes, bags, clothing and accessories to choose from. There is no theme here like some of the other shops that specialise in one decade. Instead, the vibe is more like a flea market. Be prepared to spend some time combing through every shelf for hidden treasures!
Woo Ping Optical Co.
Glasses are not just worn for sun protection or vision correction anymore! They have made a full-fledged fashion comeback! You can score some cool, secondhand frames here for rock bottom prices.
There you have it – our ultimate list of the best vintage finds in Hong Kong! Just remember to keep these few things in mind when buying vintage…
1. Wear something that it is easy to try clothing on over. Some stores do not have fitting rooms so be prepared!
2. Know that vintage shopping takes time. Be prepared to dig through rack after rack. Best to go on a full stomach and some good music on your iPod!
3. Check every garment you intend to purchase thoroughly for stains and tears.
4. Run your fingers on the seams and make sure that they are in good condition. Easy mends are doable, but beware for defects that you can’t fix with a needle and thread!
5. Wash everything before you wear it! You literally don’t know where something has been or who owned it before you!
6. Don’t be afraid to repurpose something if you like the fabric but not the fit. You can always take it to a tailor and have them alter the piece to your liking. Time to get crafty and fuel your DIY fire!