As winter fast approaches, it’s that time of the year to give your wardrobe an overhaul. And its a great excuse to inject a touch of the unique, quirky and eclectic into your style repertoire with some one-of-a-kind vintage and retro items.
Whether it’s a pair of eye-catching pre-loved heels, a high-end designer handbag or some stylish day or nightwear items to revamp your look, these five vintage shops selected by My Cyprus Insider will definitely deliver the goods.
1. The Hangers Affair
Opening their shop a year and a half ago, after seeing a gap in the market for people who wanted to look stylish without having to spend a fortune, business partners Souzana and Nicoletta are the creative minds behind The Hangers Affair
Having travelled widely across the world, the pair became fascinated with the vintage fashion industry and the opportunity for unique personal style that it offers. After testing the market in Limassol with second hand clothing fairs, they decided it was time the town had its own vintage store.
Selling a hand-picked selection of vintage clothing, along with more current pre-loved clothing and accessories, the shop’s rails are filled with everything a seasoned vintage fashionista could desire, from casual wear to evening dresses, shoes, bags and accessories. Putting a conscience into fashion, shopping at The Hangers Affair is a great way for eco-warriors to do their part to help the environment by recycling their old pieces and buying pre-loved clothing.
Where? Ellados 55, Limassol. Tel: (+357) 97-738131/ (+357) 99-725752.
2. Cheek To Cheek
Conveniently located on one of the trendy bar-lined side streets just off the popular Faneromeni Square in Nicosia’s old town, Cheek To Cheek is both a vintage emporium and a second hand shop all rolled into one.
Don’t be fooled by the cute little shop front, once you actually enter the store, you’ll find yourself in a cavernous space that goes back for what seems like miles! The shop has rows upon rows of classic modern and vintage clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags, all in excellent quality and at excellent prices; and once you’ve finished shopping, stop into one of the cool little bars next door for a drink to celebrate your purchases.
Where? Mouson 13, Old Nicosia.
3. Coffret Vintage Shop
Inspired by the cute little boutiques of Paris, former fashion stylist, Athina, opened Coffret Vintage Shop six years ago as an exclusively vintage outlet. Expanding the shop’s collections to include new modern items in accordance to the market demand, Athina continues to travel to Paris and London on a regular basis to stock the rails of the quirky space with top quality, one-of-a-kind pieces with a vintage feel, as well as genuine vintage items.
The shop sells mostly winter vintage clothing such as sweaters, jackets and cardigans, however, with a trip planned for spring 2016, expect to see a fresh new collection in the shop next year.
Where? Ermou 31, Larnaca. Tel: (+357) 24-001437.
4. ALL STAR
Targeting fashionable women who want to stand out from the crowd with their unique personal style, ALLSTAR boutique has been selling a fabulous selection of vintage, new and pre-loved designer brands for the past three years.
With the belief that the clothes we choose to wear give us an unmissable opportunity to express our unique personalities, ALLSTAR owner Marie, lovingly hand-picks all the items she chooses for her collections. And her exquisite taste can not go unnoticed, with the shop stocking only the most stylish, quirky and unique items that are sure to make you stand out.
Where? 9 Iperou Street, (behind Mango on Anexartisias Street), Limassol. Tel: (+357) 99-341814.
5. The Collective
Although The Collective is so much more than just a vintage fashion shop, one of the business’s main products is an amazing selection of retro, vintage and second hand clothes and accessories, many of which are sold on consignment and all of which are also available to buy online.
For a good sign of the great quality and hip style of the items on sale, just take a look at the cool personal styles of owners Natasha and Paris. Putting their great tastes to good use, The Collective team sell fabulous pre-owned designer ware from Ralph Lauren and Emporio Armani, to Diane Von Furstenberg, Max Mara, Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent. Looking for the best vintage designer clothing in the capital – The Collective is the place to go!
Where? 4-6 Palaion Patron Germanos (continuation of Grammou Str., off Ledra Str), Nicosia