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Leeds – A Vintage Lover's Paradise

14 May 2015
Leeds – A Vintage Lover's Paradise
With a vast selection of vintage boutiques occupying the city, it's safe to say that Leeds is a haven for vintage lovers. Offering a range of vintage, reworked, recycled and handmade items, Leeds' vintage scene has something to suit all fashionistas seeking a unique look at an affordable price. Whether you're looking for 50s style dresses or colourful 80s jackets, we've rounded up some of the best vintage gems in the heart of Leeds to suit all of your needs.

Pop Boutique

I'd be surprised if any vintage lover hadn't heard of Pop Boutique already. Stocking handpicked items from the 60s to the 90s, from paisley shirts to printed culottes to crop tops, even the least vintage of us all will find something here. Described as 'more than just a business it's a way of life', Pop Boutique is truly passionate about all things vintage and it seems as though they've achieved nothing but success ever since their first store opened back in 1994. They may only be a small chain but they've managed to conquer the world with clients worldwide. They were also the first company to sell vintage clothing in Topshop's flagship store, oh and huge fashion retailer ASOS stocks their stuff. Impressed? So are we!

Best Vintage

From leotards to chunky knit jumpers, patterned bomber style jackets to Ralph Lauren shirts with customised sleeves, BEST is a dream for anyone seeking an edgy vibe. Producing a wide selection of both new and reworked second-hand clothing in line with 21st Century trends, BEST allows you to feel and look both unique and bang on-trend. Are they the best of the bunch? Go and see for yourselves.

Blue Rinse

Fans of ethical fashion look this way! Established 18 years ago in Yorkshire, Blue Rinse is the definition of quirky. Offering a colourful collection of fashionable options including checked shirts, patterned jackets, vintage sportswear and the ever so popular Levis, their stock is sure to make you ooze with individuality from head to toe. Their 're-made in England' range, stocked in the likes of Urban Outfitters, makes use of recycled materials that would otherwise be wasted, providing the public with fashionable vintage inspired looks. Guilt free shopping? I think so.

Mad Elizabeth

A small independent boutique located in the beautiful Corn Exchange, Mad Elizabeth sells vintage, reworked and handmade clothing and accessories at such affordable prices. Breathing life into old clothing, the ladies behind Mad Elizabeth created Betty's Recycled – a range that converts recycled fabrics into fashionable garments. Their tees will transform you back to the 90s with the oversized style and bold prints and with a range of colourful maxi skirts, patterned trousers and retro jackets to choose from, something is bound to catch your eye at Mad Elizabeth.

So there you have it, a list of some of the best destinations in Leeds for any vintage lover. With the growing popularity of vintage fashion and the desire to achieve a unique look, it seems that old is the new new.

Hannah is head of Retail Therapy and Health and Beauty at Leeds Living. She is an English Language Graduate with a penchant for all things fashion and beauty.