Blitz opened in 2011 and instantly put the other vintage shops in the capital to shame. This is a vintage department store, covering all floors of a glorious old furniture factory. The building itself is jaw-dropping and has been renovated beautifully by the Blitz team. Floors are clearly merchandised with a furniture selection from Broadway Market’s The Dog & Wardrobe, an accessories floor, a book collection and rails upon rails of neatly presented fashion. Buyers Jan Skinners and John Howlin look to nearby Brick Lane for their inspiration, buying immaculate seersucker blazers, coloured denim, brogues and silk kimonos for their fashion focused clientele. The selection is all killer and no filler – and cleaned, steamed and folded before it hits the shop floor.
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55-59 Hanbury St
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-7pm Mon-Sat; noon-6pm Sun|
|Transport:||Shoreditch High St Overground|
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Of course the thing you have to remember about vintage shopping in London is that only the bigger names are actually making any sort of profit. Rummaging around in vintage all day long is certainly my kind of thing, but the vintage shops, particularly Blitz, is that they are homing in on a particular market - mostly young tourists. It is a shame but if you really want to find some vintage gems, go to Absolute Vintage in Hambury Street and see Angie there. She knows her stuff and both her and the team are very friendly. Blitz is good for 70's blouses, shift dresses and denim. A lot of mens vintage is here too - Fred Perry and a big 80's theme runs through the whole store. I shop here for costume jewellery and accessories. Check out downstairs too as you will find some reasonably priced cut off tops and reworked mini skirts.
It's hard to fault Blitz, where everything from tasteful background playlists to retro vinyls decorating the walls gives that sense (sought so desperately by East End shoppers) of recapturing a past era. Yet religious hipsterdom is far from necessary in order to appreciate this treasure trove; in fact, to anyone who shudders at the thought of impenetrable piles of dodgy-smelling, oversized garments, Blitz's orderly rails and spacious, easy-to-navigate feel will bring welcome relief. Whether you're after a bright bomber jacket, nineties leather skirt or staple pair of high-waisted Levis, the extensive selection here will leave you spoilt for choice. Even quirkier items - such as risqué silk nightwear - seem bizarrely appealing, and it's easy to blow the budget with impulsive buys (my personal weakness being knitted jumpers, which Blitz stocks in abundance). For first-time visitors, there is always the moment of stunned epiphany as the old paradox - "it's vintage, but feels soft... and fits!" - proves not to be impossible after all. My one major criticism of the shop is the power that it has to bankrupt me each time I go there, so if you're a hardcore vintage-o-holic whose forté isn't self-restraint, keeping visits rare is essential. The ultimate challenge: to leave having bought only a coffee (also permitting a slice of cake - you'll be tempted). I haven't managed it yet, but there's always hope for next time, eh?
If you're looking for a light dose of vintage (but nothing too heavy), this is the perfect place to go to. There's sort of a focus on post 1975 fashion, with styles that take you all the way up until the 1990s. Everything from jackets, to t-shirts can be found here with reinvented products - e.g. retro studded Converses. The entire feel of the store is consistent and appropriate for it's location - off the corner of the vibrant hotpot that is Brick Lane - and the staff are just as fabulous. If you want to add a droplet of vintage to your wardrobe then this is the place. The price of items generally is on par with everyday high street stores, but mind you, if you're ready to do the hunting you can find great bargains elsewhere - on the other hand, for a few pounds more you can get everything in one place. Arrive with an open mind.
Very nice layout and not too packed. I found mostly late 70s-90s vintage pieces, whereas I prefer 40s-60s, but they had a few of the older pieces, too. I was impressed by the condition of all the items that I saw, and I thought that the prices were reasonable. Will definitely be checking back in next time I'm on that side of London!
THE BEST vintage store in London! No stale/musty smell normally reminiscent of vintage clothing stores and everything is so well laid out so you don't have to rummage through racks of dusty items. And the coffee is great too!
supplied some of their vintage anatomical models, where they added 800%! only a total div would pay what they;re asking for it