“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde’s quote seems to be a universal piece of advice in terms of style and fashion. And so while you think of yourself as a savvy shopper, that blue dress you bought merely months back is so passe now. But there is a way to endure the constant rotation of fashion styles without going bankrupt, and that’s via the Insider’s top online Polish vintage and retro stores.
by Małgosia KRAKOWSKA
If you’re online shopping for vintage, Decobazaar should be your starting point.
Set up in 2005, it’s a veritable treasure-trove of vintage gems offered by young artists, niche designers and individual sellers from all over Poland. The assortment is filled with bombshell pieces from the 70s, 80s and 90s, among them items from Gianni Versace, Christian Lacroix, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jil Sander or Ungaro, as well as many cheaper bargains. Decobazaar also has a great selection of furniture, homeware and retro design. Don’t skip it!
This little gem is only two-years-old and its popularity is still soaring. Owners Agnieszka and Kasia came up with the idea to start an online vintage store that would be a tribute to their beloved 1960s and 1970s. “We wanted to remind people of their crazy times at the 69 club.” Cukier Puder Vintage Store offers a taster of the timeless eclecticism of the 60s and 70s with vintage clothing and accessories such as bags, sunglasses and footwear. Even though the online assortment is a little modest, the offerings are not to be sniffed at – and all come at an amazing price!
And now, it’s not just online you’ll find them – check the Cukier-Puder duo at the ZOO Market every weekend. Don’t forget to check their Facebook page for the latest arrivals
A silk dress from Balmain for 250 zł? Cashmere cardigans, ethnic prints or silk scarves from Ungaro? Retromania.pl peddles items from the 40s through to the 70s, but maintains a good nose for the latest fashion trends. And men also have plenty of choice: browse a sea of silk ties and various accessories. “It’s a straightforward idea to give people orthodox, pure vintage,” says Aleksandra, Retromania’s owner, whether they be regular fashion pieces to more quirky choices.
You can find Retromania on Facebook or at the ZOO Market.
This well-stocked online showroom is a goldmine of retro Polish design with beautifully renovated 60s, 70s or 80s tableware and glass & decorative items. Each seller has its own character with well-established shops represented such as LovKov (also available at ZOO Market), Szpeje or Drewniana Kamienica as well as lesser-known brands and vintage items. Expect quality aesthetics with a bit of a twist.