High-end vintage store and swap shop for women
Capitalising on that oh-so-common full-wardrobe-but-nothing-to-wear dilemma, Rag Trade Boutique cuts out the middle man to provide designer women’s clothing at a fraction of the cost. Founded upon the principle that we all hoard unloved gems in our closets, crying out to be rehomed, customers are able to sell directly to the store, either for cash or a fresh item from the rails – a more sophisticated form of ‘swishing’, if you like.
And sophisticated is certainly the defining word here. Unlike your typical vintage outlet, Rag Trade Boutique gives the impression – owing as much to the quality of its contents as its bijou interior – of a truly high-end affair. Garments are consequently on the dressier side of things; sparkly gowns or statement jackets dominate the rails, and more often than not are presented in pretty much unworn condition.
Despite this, prices remain reasonable – a recent visit unearthed a unique YSL jacket for £55. Although not as ‘young’ as the majority of Bristol’s vintage shops, Rag Trade has carved a niche as a place for style-savvy shoppers of any age.
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2 Upper Maudlin Street