Singapore might be well-known for being a gastronomic paradise, but this tiny, tropical island is also famous for being a shopaholic’s heaven. There is no shortage of shopping malls in Singapore filled with stores from mainstream international brands like H&M, Zara, Uniqlo and Mango. With the vast number of malls in this little red dot, shopping is a non-stop affair for locals and foreigners alike.
However, if you are sick and tired of mass-produced items from these international brands and wish to add something unique to your home, look no further than the local vintage stores here. From clothes to homeware to accessories, finding a one-of-a-kind item originating from decades past will not be a problem when you shop at these stores.
Where to Shop Vintage in Singapore
Excited to start looking for vintage pieces to add to your budding collection? Here are five vintage stores in Singapore you should check out to get you started:
A Vintage Tale
What started out as an online retail store soon became a fashion treasure after A Vintage Tale opened its first boutique store in Joo Chiat in June last year. Founded by expatriates Azzurra La Mantia and Jasmine De Brauwer, who started A Vintage Tale’s first brick-and-mortar store after migrating here, A Vintage Tale is retail heaven for those with a love for the unabashedly bright and bold styles of retro fashion with a European aesthetic. It offers a carefully curated collection of vintage pieces sourced all over the globe by La Mantia and De Brauwer, who hail from Italy and Belgium respectively. You will find clothes in vibrant colours and an assortment of prints, beautiful handbags from the eighties, gold watches adorned with intricate details as well as oversized jewellery typical of the retro era. Trust us; every retro-loving bone in your body will be doing a disco dance while shopping at A Vintage Tale.
Deja Vu Vintage
If you are looking for one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from luxury designers such as Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, then Deja Vu Vintage will be the vintage store of your dreams. From evening dresses to jumpsuits and even accessories for your home, Deja Vu Vintage is your one-stop shop where you can find that one special item to add to your treasure trove of vintage collection. The store stocks a collection of items that date back from the 1940s all the way to the 80s, and is sourced from Australia, Japan, the USA and Europe. Even though the prices can run a little steep, the high quality of each piece will make every dollar you spend here worth it.
As much as we love our Apple MacBooks and PCs, there is nothing more nostalgic than listening to the jarring clicks of a typewriter. If you wish to channel your inner Hemingway or Welles, drop by Vintage Empire and browse through their vast collection of antique typewriters. This brick-and-mortar store located in Marine Parade was started by Jason Chong, who sources for his typewriters from Germany and the US. Don’t be shy to have a chat with Chong when you are at his store too; his vast knowledge on typewriters will leave you feeling secure with your purchase. Plus, Chong even provides repair services to ensure your typewriter is in tip-top shape.
Fans of retro-designed furniture as well as home accessories will fall in love with the vintage furniture store, Journey East. Founded in 1995, Journey East began as a quaint store filled with both vintage and retro pieces, with a particular emphasis on teak wood furnishings. Over the years, the store has developed even further together with its growing customer base. With this development naturally came an expansion in the store’s range of items. Besides its vintage finds, Journey East’s collection now includes furniture made of reclaimed teak wood (which is also eco-friendly!), wood and iron furnishings designed in an industrial aesthetic, as well as furniture and accessories for the modern home. The team behind Journey East even created their own range of products known as PLAYplay in 2015, which was designed for vivacious individuals who are not shy to express themselves and who gravitate towards the retro and colourful. With its wide collection of one-of-a-kind items for your home, each piece you find in this local furniture boutique will leave you running back to its store in no time.
The Fashion Pulpit
If you are a stylish cat who is also conscious of the fashion industry’s destructive impact on the environment, then you will fall in love with The Fashion Pulpit. Founded by Raye Padit, The Fashion Pulpit was born out of Padit’s desire to ensure his customers could, in some way, be a part of the positive change in making fashion more sustainable. Located in Liang Court Mall, customers can take part in clothes-swapping, upcycle their old clothes to breathe new life into them, as well as have their clothes mended and tailored to avoid unnecessary waste. This fashion sustainability store even holds workshops to teach its customers tips and tricks to make their journey in sustainable fashion easier and less daunting. If you have always been keen on making a conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly in your fashion purchases, there is no better way to start than with The Fashion Pulpit.