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designer-customised retro
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Thea describe themselves as providing funky,groovy vintage clothing and always try to come up with something different and individual. They stock collections by new independent designers, vintage clothes, and designer customised retro items. Prices range from £5 for a T-shirt to £500 for a pair of Eighties ‘Adidas Fleetwood Run DMC endorsed’ unworn trainers with box. Thea, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1. Tel: 020 7 482 5002. Map ref: C5

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Retro World

Retro World have a long history at the forefront of retro clothing and now have a store in Stables Market that boasts a huge selection of ethnic blouses, skirts and dresses. They also pride themselves on their selection of tux ruffle shirts, Adidas and Puma from the 60’s and 70’s, Le Coq Sportif, American work shirts, polyester shirts, 60’s mini dresses and burberry coats - all at the best possible prices ranging from just £5 for a scarf or american vintage tie to £600 for a 1920’s wedding dress. Retroworld. Arch 54, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH. Tel: 020 7485 7656.


Modern Age

This shop is always worth a visit – if for no other reason than it is situated a way past the main markets - so the good stuff hasn’t already been bought up by the hordes. It’s a friendly shop that encourages browsing through its large stock of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s clothes for men and women. There are a lot of great suits, Hawaiian shirts, leather jackets and trousers for men and a good selection coats, dresses and jackets for women. Modern Age specialises in hiring out unusual evening wear and much of its stock is available to either buy or hire. Modern Age: Open all week, 10.30am to 6pm. 65 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1. (between Chalk Farm Tube and the Stables Market). Tel: 020 7482 3787

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Theatre 71

Theatre 71 used to be known as Shaft and is an established name in the world of quality, classic vintage clothes. Some of their current best sellers include Lewis Leathers and US military clothing. Other must-have items include printed t-shirts, by designers Nobby Styles and Monkey Boy. Also available are a line of in house designed t-shirts. Theatre 71 also hires to costume departments of stage and film companies, testimony to the authenticity of its original pieces. Previously in the Stables Market and Covent Garden, Theatre 71 is now situated away from the weekend rush of Camden Town tube station, on Camden Road, making it a real destination shop for one-off vintage pieces. Opening hours 11.30-7.00, Mon-Fri and 12.00-6 on Sundays. 71 Camden Road, London NW1, 9EU. Tel and Fax: 020 7916 3087.

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Rokit is one of the most famous names in vintage clothing and its Camden store is probably its best. You’ll see their clothes and accessories in fashion shoots for many magazines and newspapers and on the backs of a lot of celebrities. The store sells everything, from genuine vintage and collectable clothing to low-priced nearly new, and customized clothes. As well as designs from a few select young clothes and jewellery designers. Rokit, Open all week. 225 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7BU. Tel: 020 7267 3046. Pictured: Vintage cord jacket £15.


Best of the rest

Some of the best vintage and retro shops can be found at The Arches - at the back of Stables Market. Here's a selection of some of them:

Viola Tricola:
Colourful and stylishly kitted out shop selling a good quality selection of vintage stock.

Vintage Planet:
A large range of European vintage clothing, accesories and shoes.

Dirty Harry:
All the military clothing you could possibly imagine and then some.

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