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The best retro shops in Singapore to nail the old-school look

Wear your mom jeans and colourblock windbreakers proudly, retro is back in fashion.

By Delfina Utomo
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Take out your denim dungarees, paisley shirts and corduroy pants –the age of vintage fashion has returned and we’re embracing it fully on the streets of Singapore. You no longer have to dig around in obscure shops (or your mum’s closet!) to get your hands on vintage garb. Perfect the new wave of old-school fashion by stocking up at these rad stores.

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Photograph: A Vintage Tale

A Vintage Tale

Shopping Vintage shops Geylang

Looking the part, A Vintage Tale is how you would dream a old-timey clothing store to look like. Step inside the cosy space housed in a shophouse on Joo Chiat and take in the dusty blue walls, flowery wallpaper, a chitz armchair in the corner and of course, racks of retro dresses and accessories from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Founded by Azzurra La Mantia and Jasmine De Brauwer, the store actually started in Milan in 2015. Over the years, they have amassed a curious vintage collection of handbags from the ’60s in snakeskin and velvet, mod-style paisley and floralnshift mini dresses and satin pillbox hats from the 1950s.

Retro Gate

Shopping Vintage shops Kallang

Located in the sleepy-by-day, seedy-by-night Golden Mile Complex, Retro Gate is Singapore’s first Japanese-American vintage streetwear thrift store. Founders Ryu Yamamoto and Paul Low were inspired by the furugiya (which translates to old clothes shop) culture in Japan and want to see it grow here. Dress like you’re from the ’80s with dad-fashion polo tees and retro sports windbreakers or pick up your next loud party shirt here.

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Photograph: The Fashion Pulpit

The Fashion Pulpit

Shopping Vintage shops Raffles Place

At The Fashion Pulpit there’s no actual money involved if you want a vintage clutch or dress. Located at Liang Court, the place is a hub for those looking to swap their clothes for pre-loved pieces, mostly designer vintage of course. At these clothes swaps, participants can upcycle their old favourites and also learn some cool fashion tricks along the way.

Loop Garms

Shopping Vintage shops Rochor

It all started as a hobby of collecting vintage memorabilia when a trip to Japan inspired two youths, FJ Sai and Isaac Ang to open a physical store in Singapore. Experience a blast from the past as you peruse its curated collection of ’80s and ’90s apparel like plaid shirts (and pants), graphic tees and sports jackets from your favourite sports brands like Nike, Adidas, Fila and more. Prices start from $15 for caps and t-shirts – also look out for special edition threads available in-store.

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EXIT

Shopping Vintage shops Orchard

Orchard Plaza might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of cool stores but give it chance, especially when you have a place like Exit, which stocks a fusion of vintage and trendy streetwear from popular labels like Supreme and Champion. Exit was born out of the lack of vintage clothing stores in Singapore by three friends, Aloyston Eng, Darren Yang and Charmaine Lim who have been retro fashion enthusiasts since they were 17. With the opening of several vintage stores in Singapore, they hope to create a community for like-minded people to get together.

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