Written By: Sophie Shaw
Photography By: Alycia MacCaull
In Shoreditch, you can find vintage steals on one block and high street styles on the next. The neighborhood is an eclectic mix of old and new, with designer boutiques steps away from some of the best vintage shopping in London. This means that it’s prime shopping grounds for a student looking to expand his or her wardrobe. Although Shoreditch is a 30-minute commute from Russell Square, these shops make the trip worth it.
A modern and miniature take on a shopping mall, Boxpark is a collection of small food, clothing and lifestyle shops housed in refitted shipping containers. Thetight quarters do not limit the options, however, with a handful of menswear and womenswear stores offering of-the-moment style.
In Boxpark, Wandering Minds carries a selection of women’s fashion from around the globe at a moderate price point. The youthful and trendy picks are curated from urban sites like Berlin, Seoul and Sydney, meaning that you can find anything from architectural and sleek silhouettes to boho-inspired beachy pieces.
For those who gravitate towards the New York uniform of black on black, AOC Edit is worth mentioning. Standing for Absence of Colour, this label only carries black and white options. The lack of color is anything but boring — textural pieces like faux fur coats or studded leather jackets keep it exciting. In addition to its Boxpark shop, AOC has a larger storefront just a few blocks away on Brick Lane, too.
A stroll in Shoreditch wouldn’t be complete without popping into one of the many vintage stores along Brick Lane. Rokit Vintage carries a large selection of retro yet on-trend pieces for men and women, like military style jackets, sporty sweatshirts and denim jeans. Some of the garments are redesigned and repurposed for a more modern take on the vintage finds.
Blitz claims to be Europe’s biggest vintage store, with two floors of warehouse space full of men’s and women’s options. Like Rokit, Blitz also carries repurposed pieces that put a modern twist on retro style. For example, cotton tees are sewn into crop tops and discarded denim is resewn into miniskirts. In addition to the vintage street style options, Blitz also has designated designer racks.
Only open Thursday through Sunday, the Vintage Market is one of the largest purveyors of old fashion to make new again. With numerous stalls to wander into, you could spend an entire day getting lost in the vintage flotsam and jetsam. Among the denim jeans, cotton sweatshirts and silk button downs, you may also find some designer pieces like classic Burberry trench coats.
While these are simply a few of the many great shops in Shoreditch, they offer a convenient starting point for your sartorial exploration of the neighborhood.