We have hunted out Central’s best vintage treasure troves so you don’t have to. Although upon first glance, Hong Kong seems to be all about high-end fashion brands and even higher prices, once you scratch the surface you’ll discover some vintage gems that deliver one-of-a-kind finds and even seriously discounted designer items. Butterboom has scoured the streets of Central to bring you a selection of our favourite vintage shopping locations.
Me & George
Tucked away down a little street opposite H&M, Me & George is a veritable treasure trove, right in the heart of Central. If you like your stores neat and orderly then avoid this place, it is literally packed to the rafters with vintage items that have been imported from Japan and Europe. What it lacks in presentation it more than makes up for in choice but be prepared, you will have to put the effort in if you want to be rewarded. But rewarded you will be; the prices here are tiny, (Butterboom found a pair of Manolo Blahnik‘s for HK$150). Tops start from as little as HK$5 and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything over HK$250.
9 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong.
Located on the lower ground floor of Jardine House, Oxfam is a genuine charity shop like the ones you find in the UK. They sell absolutely everything, including a large selection of second hand clothing and accessories for men and women. Less of a rummage is needed here than Me & George but you will still have to sort the good from the bad. There’s a lot of good on offer though, particularly when it comes to shoes and bags. You can pick up a pair of pre-owned Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo or Sergio Rossi shoes for a mere HK$400 or Bruno Magli and Nina Ricci handbags for around HK$800.
LG8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2522 1765
Vintage HK is a bastion of vintage shopping in Hong Kong. It has an extensive collection of vintage designer pieces, all of which are in excellent condition, presented alongside new items from independent designers with a retro aesthetic. Rails and rails of clothes make for surprisingly easy browsing; despite it’s slightly cluttered, homely appearance it is well ordered and shopper friendly. The stars of the show are once again the shoes and bags; vintage designer handbags from the likes of Celine, Nina Ricci and Dior will set you back around HK$1000 and a pair of Jimmy Choo‘s, Manolo Blahnik‘s or Gucci‘s about the same.
G/F, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2545 9932
Bang Bang 70s
Bang Bang 70s is like a living shrine to the 70s, with bric-a-brac from the era decorating every corner of this unique boutique. A small range of clothing is on offer, all of which embodies the bright, floral prints and oversized collars of those disco days, but the main focus is the bags. Whether you are looking for luggage, a shoulder bag, a tote, a clutch or anything else that falls inbetween, you will find one here, and what’s more it will be a one-off. There are some beautiful, exotic skins here as well as designer pieces. The prices are higher, you can expect to pay around HK$7,000, but the quality is second to none and you can’t put a price on having something that no-one else in Hong Kong has.
I/F, Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 9045 8006
Select 18 is more than just a vintage shop, selling a combination of vintage items, retro inspired contemporary pieces and stocking a selection of eyewear that would easily rival most opticians. The store itself is attractively presented and easy to browse with some statement vintage designer pieces mixed in with unbranded pre-owned clothing and accessories. The high-end stuff is in great condition but is not cheap, think at least HK$8,000 for a clutch up to HK$15,000 for a Gucci hobo bag, while the rest of it is pretty affordable.
Shop A, G/F, Grandview Garden, 18 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 9127 3657