With Stockholm Fashion Week currently taking place (6 to 12 February), Sweden’s prowess for fashion is on full display. While the city’s Nordic chic style – simple, clean, monochromatic and layered – is internationally renowned, the city’s general lifestyle is all about reuse, recycling and sustainability, which is reflected in the ever-growing popularity of vintage and secondhand shops.
Stockholm has a slew of offbeat
boutiques and vintage
crannies, most of which are clustered within
walking distance in the bohemian neighbourhood of Södermalm. “SoFo” – an area south of Folkungagatan in
Södermalm – has arguably more vintage stores per block than any other area in the
Sweden has always been open to importing fashion trends, especially from the
United States. You can find 1940s and 1950s clothing and accessories at
spanning different fashion subcultures like Rockabilly, Tiki and Hot Rod. The
store also sells interior decor and vintage furniture, and has a pinball
machine and hair salon.
Judits Second Hand also pays homage to the 1950s, as well as the ‘60s and ‘70s, and carries
selected vintage items from fashion designers like Chanel, Chloe, Dior, Gucci,
and Louis Vuitton. It has an adjourning men’s section (Herr Judits) that caters
to male vintage style. Dating back to the late 1960s, Emmaus Second Hand is
a collection of three interlinked stores: a children’s store, a
designer/vintage store and the original general shop.
If you are looking for more classic
turn-of-the-century wear, you can find dresses, jewellery and hats inspired by
the 1920s at Old Touch, with their oldest
vintage item on display from the 1890s.
You do not have to be a collector of running shoes or high tops to appreciate Sneakersnstuff’s selection
of colourful, funky and limited edition sneakers. The vintage shoe store
carries brands such as classic Converse Chuck Taylor’s, Adidas Stan
Smith's, Puma Suedes, New Balance 577's, Nike Air Force 1's and Air Max
1's, as well as its own label SNS. The store also carries sportswear and
clothing to rock along with your vintage soles.
Larsson has been around for more than 15 years and remains one of the most
popular secondhand boutiques in the city. In addition to carrying vintage
dresses, leather jackets and couture clothing, the store is also known for its
vintage shoe selection and designer shoe brands.
If rare antiques, exclusive ceramics, unique interior decor and unusual
souvenirs are your thing, Stockholm’s antique scene will not disappoint.
Pick up expensive porcelain and Art Nouveau
ceramics from Bacchus antique, where you will find traditionally-designed
wares from the early 1900s. The store carries a lot of high-priced art glass,
including tableware and lamps. Modernity also serves up pricey handmade jewellery,
textiles, art, ceramics, lighting and glassware.
For more moderately-priced rarities, check out Wigerdals Värld which carries a selection
of glass and ceramics as well as furniture like antique sofas, easy lounging
chairs and coffee tables.
Located in a basement that was once used by fishmongers, Beyond
Retro is one of the premier
spots for vintage shopping. If you like digging through rows and rows of goods,
you will have fun digging through the more than 35,000 items, available across
its three city stores. You can pick through Victorian-era attire, 1920s beaded
flapper dresses, 1930s evening gowns, 1980s prom dresses, 1990s grunge-rock
inspired denim wear, hats, wigs, accessories and much more. A two-storey sister
store is located along Stockholm’s famous pedestrian street, Drottninggatan, as
well as another at Brännkyrkagatan 82.
For your classic Salvation Army-type secondhand
store, Myrorna has many shops all over the
country, including 11 stores in Stockholm alone. You can wade through piles of
clothes, shoes, books, home decor, furnishings, kitchen items, appliances and
electronics all day.
The article 'Stockholm’s vintage style' was published in partnership with Lonely Planet.