Vintage fashion is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to buy clothing. In the past few years, the retro trade is flourishing with this new found appreciation of upcycled clothing, and the North East is no exception!
Newcastle-upon-Tyne's once numerous vintage shops have suffered recently with rising commercial rents and seasonal trade (ever notice how quiet the city centre can get over the summer?). For this reason we feel it's more important than ever to support independent vintage retailers and so we've compiled a list of our top picks!
- The Yesterday Society Vintage Boutique
At no. 1 is this established vintage gem, located in the heart of Grainger Market, is almost hidden amongst the fruit and veg! The Yesterday Society offers a range of clothing and accessories going as far back as the 50s. Their menswear section is particularly good for quirky shirts and sportswear, and the prices are very reasonable.
With a generous, year-round 10% student discount, you’d be silly not to have a scavenge. So be sure to pop into this hidden treasure! You can check out tjheir website here.
- Flip Vintage
Home to Newcastle's one and only vintage American clothing supplier, self-proclaimed importers of vintage garments to the 'Toon since 1978', Flip offers a unique selection of American vintage apparel like no other.
The showroom on Westgate Road offers visitors with a true American experience fit with a diner-esque interior.
Only a short few steps from the Tyneside Cinema, Trendlistr is perhaps the most unique offering of them all. With carefully curated vintage pieces from all over Europe, this studio prides itself in displaying eye-catching, unusual pieces. Trendlistr's studio is covered in funky accessories and bold prints, inspiring visitors to choose statement items - as well as upcycling its very own collection of silk scarves into beautiful lingerie. Hidden away in the arts building, head up to floor 4 for a instant surprise of wonderful vintage clothing. Book an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
if you're looking for a place to find a huge variation of vintage garms and retro styles then this place has you covered. Retro is a vintage boutique hidden in the coolest cobbled streets in Newcastle, High Bridge Street. Retro provides visitors with everything from vintage home ornaments to clothing. Head upstairs for a sprawling menswear section... prices are student-friendly but you'll not have to compromise on quality!
So as you can see, the remaining vintage traders in town have all embraced their own niches and continue to offer a quality selection of one-off items to locals. We would encourage you to visit, support and spread the word to keep our vintage retailers varied and prospering!