Where to Shop: Hong Kong’s Vintage and Second-Hand Fashion
by Caroline Di Russo
This is our most comprehensive list ever! Find out where you can buy second-hand and vintage clothing in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a shopping Mecca. There is nothing a fashion fiend can’t find, particularly at high-end and designer brands. However, there is much less of a preloved and vintage scene here than in Australia or the USA. It is more about shiny new Birkin’s than the vintage Chanel clip-on earrings. In short, there aren’t many stores. You have to work hard to find the shops themselves, let alone the treasures. That being said, I am rarely defeated and did manage to walk away with some great finds. Let’s see some of the rare vintage stores in Hong Kong.
18 Bridges St, Tai Ping Shan
A vintage shop principally dedicated to eyewear. Select-18 is a bit of an institution in Soho – a tiny jumble shop which could keep you wandering around for hours. As you walk in, you’re immediately overwhelmed by decades of pop culture, gadgets, cameras, jewellery and eyewear. It’s like a trot through time. It is more vintage and less luxury but there are a few luxe treasures if you look hard enough. There is a great range of 80s and 90s sunglasses in particular – Dior, Chanel, Linda Farrow and Sunday Somewhere all get a mention. price range: $$
Brandoff is one of the big luxury consignment stores which has a number of locations in Hong Kong as well as in Japan. As far as luxury handbags and accessories go, Brandoff has a brilliant range, great condition items and reasonable prices. All of the big international designers have pride of place in this store, including a good range of Hermes Birkin bags. I found the staff helpful and obliging. This place is a must for the savvy preloved luxury shopper. If you can’t make it to Hong Kong, Brandoff also have an eBay store which ships to worldwide.
Treasure Find: A Givenchy large patent animal Antigona tote, Outrageous ans elegant and the same time.
1F, 8 On Wo Lane, Central
This place is divine. It is the sort of place you could burn an inheritance on one-off vintage luxury goods. All the international designers are represented with a particular focus on Chanel, Versace, Moschino and Escada. It is a place where statement vintage luxury hits its straps. You can spend hours in this gorgeous showroom. It is like flicking through a 1980s Harpers Bizarre. The items are high quality, rare, and in excellent condition. Many still with the tags on.
price range: $$$
Flat A, 3F, Gough Plaza, 33 Gough St, Central
This is another stunning, open, well-lit showroom similar to OnceStyleHK, however, it focuses more on recent preloved luxury as opposed to vintage luxury. This store has a
varied range of international fashion houses with a particular focus on French fashion houses. The items in this store are quite reasonably priced and are in excellent condition. Head to this store if you are looking for a recent chic luxury find.
price range $$$
Treasure Find: A stunning pair of red and white canvas Sergio Rossi pumps. Had they been a size 38 they would have definitely come home with me.
282 Queen’s Road, Central.
This one is not for the faint-hearted, nor for anyone who likes a well-organised and well-lit showroom. That being said, it does have some amazing finds for a patient fossicker. May’s is essentially rows of vintage luxury clothes, accessories and furs crammed in an attic above an antique shop in Sheung Wan. Many mid and high-end designers get a mention, and notably, there is a good range of Chanel suits carefully stored in garment bags and in excellent condition. This shop is perfect if you like a rummage and want to pick up an unusual vintage find.
price range: $$
Bang Bang 70s
16 Aberdeen St, Central
Two words define this place: elusive and eclectic. In simple terms, it’s a bit hard to find and it’s a bit disorganised. Great if you love an adventure and a fossick. Not so great if you like a spacious and arranged store. Thankfully, I’m the kind of person who loves fossicking and enjoyed my adventure in this quirky store. There are plenty of vintage items from the most well known international designers. Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Gucci are all very well represented. There are also plenty of exotics as well as accessories and clothing. Most items, while loved, are in great vintage condition. The owner is helpful but the prices stray towards pricey. This is definitely the place to visit if you are looking for rare or unusual luxury vintage pieces.
price range: $$$
Treasure Find: Stunning vintage Gucci cross-body bag from the 90s in a vibrant red and in immaculate condition.
The Green Ladies
302-308 Hennessey Rd, Wan Chai
This store is in a shopping complex so you won’t see it from the road. And it is my favourite of the lot. It is very much focused on the sustainability aspect of fashion and encourages a culture of recycling and reusing. Open and spacious, this store caters to all aspects of women’s and children’s preloved fashion at both the mid and high end. There are plenty of treasures to be found here and the prices are seriously reasonable. Actually, they are pretty damn cheap. It is a blessing that airlines have a strict baggage allowance because that is about the only thing which kept me in check.
price range: $$
Treasure Find: A pair of Miu Miu red patent pumps with bow detail.
1302, 13/F, Radiocity, 505-511 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay
This store is also a little hard to find as it is half-way up a high rise building. However, if you are into period vintage then this is the place to visit. Plenty of patterned silk, leather handbags and cameos as far as the eye can see. Items are mainly from the 1940’s – 1970’s and they are in immaculate condition. Prices are pretty reasonable given the great condition of the items. This is a great place to visit to buy vintage jewellery as there is a wide and quality selection. There are also plenty of clothes and leather goods. I really like this store but I do note that it is more vintage and less branded luxury. That being said, there are some rare and stunning pieces in here that would be a worthy addition to any luxury style collection.
price range: $$$
Treasure Find:A pair of 1980s dragonfly inspired bejewelled articulated earrings which I just had to have. These will be excellent for a vintage fashion shoot.
Various locations including 26 Wellington Street, Central
Milan Station is another of the big luxury consignment stores in Hong Kong specialising in designer handbags and accessories. It also has stores in Macau and China. Like Brandoff is has a large range of international designers and great quality items. Unlike Brandoff, it is quite expensive and the staff as not as helpful. And when I say quite expensive, I mean that it is cheaper to buy the same item at retail. Unless you are looking for a rare or discontinued item that you simply must have, I would say there are a lot more stores providing the service and the variety of items.
price range: $$$$$
More! For Vintage Lovers!
Even More! Online Stores based in Hong Kong
GUILTLESS | a wide range of designer items at 80% off original price. guiltless.com
THE HULA | well curated, shop fashion insider’s closets. thehula.com
PAKT SHOWROOM | an extension of Asia’s premiere digital storage service, find a variety of lightly-worn designer brands. showroom. pakt.hk
RUGLANE | not your reg. online store, but sign up so you won’t mix out on their regular vintage and preloved markets. ruglane.com
MRS. VINTAGE | a wide selection of vintage bags and ’20s-’90’ wedding dresses. mrs-vintage.com
MONKEBO | a range of contemporary to designer brands, many with tags on still. monkebo.com.hk
LUXARITY | Pop-up events with curated pre-loved luxury goods and capsule collections focused on sustainability & innovation.
SILENT NOSTALGIA | limited to designer vintage accessories. snvs.co
THE WATCH BOX | using real-time and AR for watch connoisseurs to buy, trade or sell their watches. thewatchbox.hk
VESTIARE COLLECTIVE | expect a superior range of designer brands. vestiairecollective.com
GRANDMA MARY VINTAGE | vintage clothing and a selection of vintage trinkets. grandmaryvintage.com
This article was originally published in Issue 15 of the Magazine. For the full article, see here.