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Shop Vintage in Tokyo!

Travel, Lifestyle, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
  Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has such an exciting and diverse, urban cultural landscape.  Most people who visit Tokyo are well aware of the Harajuku fashion district, put on the international fashion map by roaming global street photographers.  However, I also recommend you take a morning out of your itinerary to visit the neighbourhood of Koenji

A short distance from Shinjuku station (click here for the metro map), Koenji has an enormous selection of vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories boutiques to tempt.   There are vintage stores packed with retro American brand names such as Levi's, Nike, American Eagle and loads of military wear.  You can find beautiful second hand kimonos, silk scarves, a gorgeous selection of mid century clip on earrings and stunning gold tone brooches.  High end vintage pieces from Hermes, Burberry, Gucci, YSL and Chanel are also on offer, but the price tag on these pieces is hefty. 

When travelling Japan, I found Youtube to be particularly helpful.  I like to have a few visual reference points when venturing into a less touristy area. I found a great clip here for Keonji's vintage fashion scene, featuring Samual Thomas, a British Fashion journalist.  The great thing about Koenji and much of Tokyo is that you really can delve in and explore, finding fantastic treasures, as travel keepsakes along the way. 

London Vintage Markets

Travel, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
 Image courtesy of:  Pop Up Vintage Fairs . 

Image courtesy of: Pop Up Vintage Fairs

It's no surprise that London is a magical place to shop vintage. I lived there for five years (2007 - 2011) and I had a wonderful time exploring the scene and starting up my business there. The following list of places is my first port of call when seeking vintage jewellery and accessories in London.  I haven't included Portobello Road, it's a given for most visitors. For more market information, I've linked every market title, so you can find up to date information about location and trading hours. This post is also great if you live in London, as you have the ability to visit these markets regularly! 

Bermondsey Antique Market

This is a Friday morning early adventure. Trade here begins before 6am. Torches are out and business is being done. For the less determined, there should be a good selection of antiques and collectables available to purchase from anytime after. I found an amazingly affordable bakelite swan brooch and a string of Channel pearls from one visit alone. You just never know..  

Old Spitalfields Market

A great market to attend in any weather condition. It's under cover, every Thursday, in the Old Spitalfields Market, near Liverpool Street station. There are approximately 80+ vintage traders here selling everything from jewellery, accessories, clothing, furniture, vinyl and homewares.  This market is by far the largest, regular trading market in the city. 

Camden Passage, Islington

I used to love jumping on the tube every Wednesday morning to visit this eccentric market. It's smaller and I always found the traders here were a little more reserved, but the things you can find here are amazing. The old cobblestone lanes and boutique shops, are also a great draw card to the area. A lovely morning worth the commute to Islington. 

Covent Garden, Jubilee Market

A great Monday morning market. Commencing trade at 5am! Full of every collectable you could think of, with a thriving vintage jewellery trade. This was the place I purchased my first Trifari brooch and earring set.  

Grey's Market Mews (inside Grey's Antique Centre) 

Don't be intimidated by the address! This is a great place to hunt for a special treasure. In particular GiIlian Horsup's Vintage Jewellery stand, Vintage Modes, has a staggering collection available and is regularly featured in high fashion magazines. Ting's and Linda Bee are also amazing.  You could easily pop into Grey's Market Mews in the morning and head to Selfridges for lunch.  Grey's Antique Centre is a quick walk from the Oxford Street tube station.  I originally launched Hester Fleming Vintage at Grey's Antique Market Mews, this place holds a special place in my heart.  

Vintage Pop Up Events

Alexandra Palace Antique Fair, The Vintage Pop Up Fair (multiple locations), Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

I highly recommend timing your visit to London so you can attend a vintage fair.  Antique and Vintage traders come from all over the country to sell at these events, often hosting hundreds of dealers. The atmosphere is always fun and you just need to make sure your bank account is ready for it!     

There is so much vintage to explore in London. I'm looking forward to my next trip! Let me know if you need help organising your vintage shopping itinerary. It's a complementary service.  Please contact me here.

Travel Tip: Three Great Vintage Markets To Visit In New York

Vintage Jewellery, Lifestyle, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping Tips, TravelHester Fleming

When you're planning that exciting trip to New York, I highly recommend including a Saturday or Sunday morning pottering around a Manhattan vintage flea market. They're a great experience and a fascinating insight into the world of New York fashion. Celebrities, editors, journalists, bloggers, costume designers, fashion designers etc, are often seen at these markets for inspiration. When I was living in New York, I made a habit of attending at least one every weekend. Also worth noting, is many of the vintage traders at these markets, have an amazing background in fashion. If you give them a minute or two, try and spark up a conversation, they have a wonderful knowledge and love to talk.  Please note, each market title below is linked with their website homepage, offering up to date information about locations and trading hours.

 1. Chelsea Flea Market

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While I was living in New York, this market was my favourite. I used to turn up early on a weekend morning with a warm coffee in hand. This market trades no matter what the weather is doing. Please note, the speciality of this market is jewellery and collectables, with little clothing.  I used to pick up some great mid century costume jewellery pieces by Trifari, Monet and Coro. Lots of couture scarves and a few bags.  The location of this market is great as well. It's within a ten minute walk to the Flatiron building, Madison Square Park and the wonderful Italian dining establishment Eaterly.  

2. Grand Bazaar, Upper West Side

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As I lived in Brooklyn, I didn't head up to this market often, but when I did, it didn't disappoint. Held every Sunday, there's a real mix of bric-a-brac, artists and designers, vintage/antique dealers and artisanal food vendors.  As this is an indoor/outdoor market, make sure you go inside. There are some great costume jewellery vendors to meet. I've also found the pricing really competitive at this market too. Another aspect to note about this market, is that it hosts themed monthly events, such as home decor and furniture bazaars, and craft pop ups. You can check their 2018 calendar of events here. There's a lot going on, the market organisers make a huge effort to keep things interesting and dynamic. The Grand Bazaar is also in close proximity to Central Park and the fascinating Natural History Museum.  You can make a fantastic day out of visiting this market and the Upper West Side. 

3. Hells Kitchen Flea Market 

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Another great market for bric-a-brac, antique/vintage vendors, and so many other types of collectables, I feel like you could find anything and everything here.  I always found this market great for mainstream vintage bags but that could just be my experience there. Located near Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, it's easily accessible too. This market is run every weekend, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day! No need to stay cooped up in your apartment... And watch out for a regular vintage fashion vendor here, The Closet Without Walls, they have a jaw dropping collection to indulge in. 

If you would like to know more about visiting New York vintage markets, please contact me here

Images accompanying this post are courtesy of google.