You just need to walk around Madrid's city centre to see that vintage is more fashionable than ever. Restaurants are decorated with antique furniture, bars opt for aged, mismatched tables and chairs – even hairdressers and markets have got in the game. Vintage and second-hand clothing stores are most popular in the barrios of Malasaña and La Latina, and Pepita is Dead is perhaps the best known of all. Before you head out in search of just the right shirts, blouses and dresses, consult our guide to the top shops to the fashion that will transport you back in time.
Pepita is Dead is one of the few shops in Madrid specialising in vintage clothing. On the shelves here you’ll find unworn clothes for men, women and children, and all kinds of accessories including shoes, jewellery and glasses. All of the clothes are carefully selected, and date from the 1950s to the 1980s. The company has a warehouse with over 50,000 items for rent for film, TV and theatre productions, fashion shows and other events.
While out walking in Malasaña, you may come across this small shop, whose modest external appearance means that it’s frequently overlooked by those who are unaware of its existence. El Templo de Susu can boast of anticipating trends and being one of the first vintage, second-hand shops to open in Madrid. Their stocks, which are generally quite reasonably priced, vary from day to day, so it’s worth dropping in frequently to see what’s new.
Located in La Latina, Underground is a second-hand clothes shops where you can be nearly sure of finding what you’re looking for - hippy-style t-shirts, leather jackets, disguises, folk-lore costumes or work uniforms. Here real treasures share the same space as duds, but it’s well worth checking out, even if it’s just for fun. The personal attention given by the owner is one of its strengths.
La Antigua is the result of the hard work of its founders Silvia Calles Closet, Lady Desidia and Lucetemas, three designers who, in 2010, decided to join forces and start up their own shop in the Malasaña district. Each one of them contributes with her own speciality – clothes, accessories and costume jewellery – giving the shop its own singular personality. It’s ideal when you’re looking for something a little different to add to your wardrobe.
Wedding dresses and suits for all kinds of celebrations and events at affordable prices are the specialties of El Tocador Vintage, whose owner is responsible for putting together an exquisite selection of dresses by different brands and designers, both second-hand (single use) and brand-new from previous seasons. The establishment also offers all kinds of party accessories, as well as a hairdressing and make-up service.
In recent years, Alphaville has become a temple of retro fashion for guys and girls and one of the top vintage stores in the city. Here you’ll find a wide variety of American-style clothes – jackets and baseball jackets, cowboy boots, basketball shirts... It’s decorated with a mishmash of objects, along with books, posters and old records, inviting you to step inside to take a look around.
A second-hand clothes shop with the appearance of a large warehouse, The The Storage has managed to make a name for itself in Malasaña, especially among lovers of denim. Here you’ll find trousers, shirts, jackets, skirts and shorts, as well as a carefully selected range of clothes and accessories from the past, which are often customised by the shop.