VINTAGE COPENHAGEN - WHERE TO SHOP ( TOP 5)

 

So after writing ‘Vintage Copenhagen- An Introduction’  I feel like I have expressed my borderline obsessive and probably quite obvious love for vintage clothing and my reasons why in just about enough depth, so now I’m going to share with you five of the best vintage shops to visit if you ever find yourself in Copenhagen. I found real treasures in all five of these shops and felt it was absolutely necessary that I returned, met the people who work there and asked them some questions about their wonderful shops, taking my lovely (and organised) friend Annie along with me to share the fun with (and obviously to tell me I’ve left my bike helmet on the floor or tell me I’m writing upside down in my notebook etc etc ) 

 

 

1. SLOW Fashion 1123

 

 

 

 

As soon as we enter this fabulous little basement of creativity I feel instantly welcomed by two incredibly warm and inspiring individuals, Josephine and Jesper. They welcome us in and announce that they have just made some fresh coffee which they pour for us a while we browse the array of gorgeous one pieces and full length dresses with wacky prints. This cosy basement shop has been decked out with one off second hand furniture and up cycled interior fittings, making it clear that a lot of time and love has been put into making 'SLOW Fashion' not only a shop but a complete experience. We stand and chat as we continue to browse and as Josephine talks to me passionately about her business, it becomes clear that they people who care about the planet, human beings and supporting one an other in order to embrace individual style whilst benefiting each other and the world around us. SLOW Fashion is a collaborative space. As well as selling Other Vintage Official clothing the basement is the showroom and workspace of Phine Raun Official, which is Josephine’s own line of up cycled and hand made garments. She works openly on her desk, with the sewing machine out in the basement allowing people to come in and view her at work, attend workshops, events and mentoring sessions; bringing the process of creation and skill into the forefront of the shop and sharing her knowledge. There is also a space for ‘Awesome Designers’, where individuals are able to showcase their products and work. Josephine speaks of this wonderfully postivie sense of community being at the core of their values and they are always hunting for local collaborations and community projects. They have connections with Green Peace through their work and Josephine also goes on to tell me that as response to the fast growing ‘Black Friday’ weekend they responded by creating their own ‘Green weekend’ where they gave 25% of all sales to the homeless. To me, this seems like a really interesting and forward thinking alternative to a rather unnecessary and wasteful sales event that takes place within retail. 

 

Favourite pieces in the shop currently? 

(photographed below)

 

 

 

Top style tips ?

 

 

At SLOW Fashion 1123, we love the people and the planet. We embrace 'Individual Styling'! Our sub-brand, Other Vintage, motto is: "Dress to Impress with Individual Style". Build a Slow Fashion wardrobe that suits your unique style, your shape, your personality and lifestyle. Also, accessories are always a great tool, as it can change a look. For example, find a dress that suits your style - one that you can wear again and again (and again) - and change it with different vintage necklaces, bags or belts - to accomplish different styles, ready for any occasions

 

what do you love about vintage clothing?

 

We love the storytelling and quality behind each vintage designs. Our clothing has a unique statement, and we value the high craftsmanship from the 1950's, the touch of vintage textiles from the 1970's and the crazy shoulder pads from the 1980's. We can feel so much history and culture in each design - and that's why we believe it is important to RE-LOVE vintage clothing, as it has so much uniqueness and limited. (Also, it a sustainable value too, which has a great impact for the environment!) 

 

where do you source clothes ?

 

We source our Other Vintage secondhand clothing from around the world. So far, we have visited Berlin, Barcelona, New York, London and Copenhagen. We hand-select unique individual styles, for both men and women, and then we do quality check, wash / air dry our vintage clothing and repair it with love, if needed. We want to deliver the best quality to our SuperStars. 

 

How can we find out more ?

 

Address- Gothersgade 153, basement, 1123 Copenhagen C, Denmark

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/slowfashion1123/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/slowfashion1123/

#slowfashion1123

#othervintage

#dresstoimpresswithindividualstyle

@slowfashion1123 @othervintageofficial

 

2. Thrift Planet   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me and Annie hop back onto our bikes feeling incredibly inspired and ready to delve deeper into the ins and outs of these fascinating vintage lovers and their businesses. It only seems right that I head to a shop that I visited multiple times on my way home from work, ‘Thrift Planet’ always drawn in by the perfectly placed pieces hanging in the high street window. As we walk in we are welcomed by the lovely Mette who is impeccably dressed and looks effortlessly cool in a combination of designer, second hand and high street clothing. She talks us through her small but perfectly laid out shop. There are about five or six rails of second hand clothes, all picked with very close attention to detail and placed in an order that instantly draws you in, Mette has obviously got an eye for colour and texture and the way the shop is set up very cleverly makes you want to create entire outfits, rather than simply buying one piece. Mette tells us that the shop actually began as a pop up store in Norreport and her sales were a lot better than she had expected, which enabled her to expand into the larger shop that she is currently based in. The shop is unique and treats every piece with the attention and respect it deserves, there is certainly no piles of unloved jumpers or mis matching T-shirts, Thrift Planet has much more of a boutique vibe about it and is very elegant. Mette tells us that each piece is ‘hand picked with love and aims to tell a story.’ 

 

Favourite piece in the shop currently? 

(photographed below)

 

 

 

top style tip ?

 

Always mix vintage clothing with a combination of special designer pieces along with high street pieces. This prevents the ‘fancy dress’ type look that can sometimes happen with too much vintage clothing and adds an element of elegance, without looking as if too much effort has been put into the look.

 

what do you love about vintage clothing?

 

The fact that all the pieces are individual, one of pieces and you don’t often see other people wearing the same thing. Also the fact that second hand shopping is a much more sustainable approach to fashion in comparison to high street shopping. Fashion is the 2nd most polluting in the world after oil. I also love the thrill of the hunt! Finding the magical one off pieces is so satisfying and exciting, it is always a lovely surprise!

 

How do you source your clothing ?

 

My favourite place to source the clothing is Berlin and 80% of the clothes come from there. From charity shops and markets etc. I find all the pieces myself and then place them together in a way that I feel works for the shop. 

 

How can we find out more?

 

Address - Vesterbrogade 101, 1620 København V, Denmark

Website - http://thriftplanet.dk/shop/frontpage.html 

 

3. PRAG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back on the bikes we go and onto the next vintage top spot. PRAG. This is the crazy shop that I actually purchased the most in during my time in Copenhagen, me and my lovely friend Fran could always find arms and arms full of clothes we loved and spent a LOT of time in the changing room trying on full denim catsuits and outrageous velvet trousers etc. Me and Annie walk into the bustling shop and it is full of people browsing through the rails of clothes and theres a long queue of people waiting to pay. With a huge section of fur coats, beautifully beaded evening wear, shoes and boots, a massive range of trousers and jeans and a whole wall dedicated to retro sports wear, there really is something for everyone here. 

I manage to grab two of the lovely ladies working in PRAG ( Cille and Josephine ) and ask them about this extremely popular vintage shop.

 

Favourite pieces in the shop currently ? 

(photographed below)

 

 

 

 

 

Top style tip ?

 

Always fit to your frame. Different things work for different people so work with what you’ve got!

 

What do you love about vintage clothing?

 

Vintage clothing is much better for our environment. There is also much more variation, it is easier to find something unique. I also love that it can be so much cheaper than shopping for brand new clothes!

 

How do you source your clothing ?

 

Our clothes are sourced all over the world, mainly from large containers full of clothing ready to be sorted through to find the individual pieces. 

 

How can we find out more ?

 

Address-  

(two stores)  Nørrebrogade 45, 2200 KBH N  and

Vesterbrogade 98A, 1620 KBH V 

 

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/pragcopenhagen/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pragcopenhagen

 

4. EPISODE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a small pit stop for some pastries and a coffee we head on to another very popular vintage shop called Episode. This place is the biggest of the five and has two floors filled with clothing, shoes and accessories. As we park the bikes people are actually spilling out of the doors and its almost hard to manoeuvre ourselves around with the camera without getting in the way of people! Episode is much more of a large scale shop than a vintage boutique, meaning there is a vast amount of choice and probably holds anything vintage that you might be after. Approaching the til area it doesn’t seem as if I’m going to get a chance to speak to anyone behind the scenes due to the business of the shop but eventually I am able to meet the lovely Frida who looks completely cool and calm, despite the big queue of shoppers. After speaking to Frida for a short while, we head upstairs and she leads me into the office showing me a recent newspaper cutting about the process of sourcing and selecting the clothing. Frida talks of a large warehouse in Amsterdam where second hand clothing is separated and sent off, some to Episode's main store in Amsterdam, some to Copenhagen and other pieces that are perhaps more modern and still look ‘new’ get sent to underdeveloped countries, enabling them to have access to fresh and wearable fashion. Many pieces are also re made or up cycled. It’s really fascinating to hear about this process and to have someone so passionate explaining it to us! I ask Frieda my main questions ..

 

Favourite piece in the shop currently?

 

 

Top style tip ?

 

Go quirky. Mix it up as much as possible, mix up patterns and colours and wear what you normally wouldn’t.

 

What do you love about vintage clothing ?

 

I love the idea of items being re used and re loved. Another thing that I love about vintage clothing is the quality and the way in which they have been made. Back then, people were still working out how to make things and how to make them technical and practical for wearing meaning every piece was more thought through and tends to fit to the body a lot better than modern clothing.  New companies look to old clothes for inspiration in terms of garment construction and shape! Designers were still experimenting with fabrics and looks, making them a lot more expressive and often nicer quality. 

 

How do you source your clothing ?

 

As mentioned above, our clothes are mainly sourced in Amsterdam and go to a huge warehouse where the clothes are separated from containers, some recycled, some up cycled and some being sent to a number of different countries. 

 

How can we find out more ?

 

Address- Larsbjørnsstræde 8 København 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/episodecph/ 

 

 

5. GOLDEN AGE  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By this point me and Annie are exhausted but SO inspired by all the wonderful people we have been able to chat to and the stories we’ve been able to hear. It makes sense to head to our final destination GOLDEN AGE, over the bridge in the early spring time sunshine we head back into stylish Norrebro to a shop that provided me with my beloved halter neck brown catsuit. Golden Age is fairly small but holds a really good selection of clothing with a really easy layout, making it a nice experience to shop in, with a fab changing room and mirrors for trying on the garms until your heart’s content. We head over the counter to see if anyone is available for a quick chat and we meet Sandra who gives us a little insight into Golden Age and what she believes in!

 

Favourite piece in the shop currently ?

 

 

 

Top style tip?

 

Mix and Match. Mix new with old and mix up your colours and fabrics to make outfits more exciting. 

 

What do you love about vintage clothing ?

 

I love you are always able to find unique pieces. I also love that every piece you buy you know that there is a story behind it and you are taking with you a piece of the past. 

Second hand shopping is also of course much more sustainable and often has a better quailty of manufacturing. 

 

How do you source your clothing ?

 

Many pieces originated from the states and many pieces are also found at wholesale vintage fairs and trading. 

 

How can we find out more ? 

 

Address -

Nørrebrogade 5, St. Th.

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

instagram - https://instagram.com/goldenagecph

facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/goldenagecph/ 

 

 

 

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