Edinburgh vintage shops you must visit if you love fashion
Shopping in Edinburgh is a paradise for the sartorially serious. Multrees Walk has all the top designers that anyone would want, but if you’re the type of shopper that wants a unique, vintage piece – then this list is for you.
Edinburgh vintage shops for serious fashionistas!
There are some fantastic finds to be had in Edinburgh’s vintage shops, so we thought we’d give you some insider advice to help bag yourself something special.
W. Armstrong and Sons
W. Armstrong and Sons is actually Britain’s largest vintage clothes emporium and was established in 1840. If you want a unique find – this is the place. They actually have three shops in the city – at the Grassmarket, Teviot place and Clerk Street. This means three different chances to buy something special. Browsing W. Armstrong and Sons is a must when you come to Edinburgh. The staff are incredibly friendly and know their stuff, so if there is a particular look you want to achieve they can help you find what you need.
Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children
Located in fashionable Stockbridge, Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children is housed in a former HBOS bank and with cool delis, jewellery stores and coffee houses in the neighbourhood. It’s run entirely by local volunteers and prides itself on having quality products. You will be shocked at the amount of designer attire you can find in here. If you are staying in Stockbridge, definitely take a peek to see what you can spot. Top-tip – keep an eye on their Twitter, @, they always post their top stock there first!
Located in West Port Street, Herman Brown is a vintage shops with serious pedigree. Initially the business began trading at market stall and fairs but built up enough budget to start their shop. Unlike many vintage shops, Herman Brown carefully selects its pieces to ensure it has all the best trends and collections. Perfect for vintage aficionados.
Also in West Port Street, Godiva prides itself as Edinburgh’s most original independent fashion boutique. This is more than a clothes shop, it is at the heart of the fashion community in Edinburgh. The business boasts a strong ethical ethos and strives to be an alternative to high street fashion. Godiva hand-picks its vintage pieces and also sells products from local designers. If you want unique, visit Godiva.
The Frayed Hem
This family-run shop on Cockburn Street is another little gem – and right in the heart of the Old Town. They specialise in 1950s to 1980s pieces and take lots of loving care in picking and repairing their stock to ensure the best quality possible. The best things about the Frayed Hem? It is super-organised – perfect for shoppers that don’t have the patience to trawl through racks and racks of clothes looking for a great find!
Ready to start shopping?
Hopefully, this little taster of the fantastic Edinburgh vintage shops that await in this fabulous city has you chomping at the bit to get through their wonderful doors! Well don’t worry, Dickins has wonderful apartments in all the places you want to be – and close to the heart of the vintage shops!
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This contemporary but homely two bedroom apartment is located in the heart of the Stockbridge. Princes Street is well within walking distance, along with the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens for a beautiful peaceful walk.