It is simply never out of style to flaunt statement emerald Yves Saint Laurent earrings.
And those classic Kelly bags are eternal, full stop.
However, with price-tags that are sky-high for new pieces bought directly from retailers, it's often impossible to enjoy this luxury.
Remaining determined to get their hands on unique pieces nevertheless, true vintage seekers are resorting to look for and acquire 'pre-loved' items that they can purchase for as low as 1/3 of the original price; which of course depends on the material of the item, its usage, and current quality. This is even the case in the Arab world, where women - and men - are especially known to be fond of wearing rare designer items.
In our opinion, spending a little fortune on vintage shopping is 100% guilt-free. Those pieces are assets in your wardrobe - since you can always re-sell them for good prices as time goes by - provided that you take good care of them. Just keep in mind that preserving their receipts and packaging is always a huge plus.
Dubai is the leading Arab capital to scour for rare vintage pieces. We composed a list of boutiques that our friends and us have tried, plus ones that are just extremely popular amongst the Emirati vintageholics.
So whether you already live there or are traveling to this shopping heaven, here are the 10 most popular places, in an alphabetical order, where you can shop for the most precious vintage finds. Some of them are online stores, others sell both online and also have physical locations where you can examine their finds, while the rest are successfully established on Instagram.
1 // The Closet
Specialized in consigning and selling authentic pre-owned, as well as some brand new designer handbags and accessories. Their extensive list of designers includes your favorites from Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga and more.
Tel: +971-4-344 5855 | Website
2 // Garderobe Dubai
Garderobe is an online boutique with plenty esteemed designers under its belt. Its unique business model is comprised of connecting individual sellers of high-quality, authentic, luxury goods with interested buyers. In other words, here you can shop vintage clothing, shoes, bags and accessories directly from their owners, which is pretty much amazing.
Tel: +971-4-394 2753 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website | Instagram: @garderobedubai
3 // Ma Vintage World
Selling only through WhatsApp, this vintage store pride themselves with the quality of the items they source by posting their satisfied customers' testimonials. Their collections extend to luxury bags by many couturiers like Cartier, Chanel, Celine and Louis Vuitton, as well as rare jewelry sets from Hermès, or even diamond watches by Chopard and the classic Rolex.
Tel: +971-5-2843 6107 | Email: email@example.com | Instagram: @mavintageworld
4 // OMG Fancy That
An E-commerce specialized in vintage, limited edition and discontinued luxury products from top premier brands such as Chanel, Hermès, Céline, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Fendi - among others. Here you can find clothes, shoes, accessories and bags that are never out of style.
5 //Reem's Closet
A detailed description of Reem's Closet is provided in the above image, however, what we like the most is that it's an actual store, where we can spend hours marveling at, examining and choosing our fancied vintage pieces.
6 // Sophie's Closet
One of Dubai's (& perhaps the world's) most renowned destination to shop for vintage (and new) jewelry, online and offline. Many finds are exclusive to Sophie, as some brands like Ciner made exclusive pieces for this boutique. Vintage brands found there are the likes of YSL, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Miriam Haskell, in addition to Erickson Beamon, Shourouk, LeiVanKash and plenty others.
Tel: +971-4-447 0410 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
If -for some reason- you don't want to shop via their online store, buying from Truc De Chic is as easy as emailing or even whatsApping (yes, that's a verb) a screenshot of your desired product with your address details, and the item will be delivered to your place. You can mainly find vintage jewelry and handbags by Cartier, YSL, Dior and Chanel, in addition to occasional rare finds like a Rolex
Tel: +971-55-700 1711 | Email: email@example.com | Website
8 // Very Vintage Shop
Located in Dubai's Financial Center, this boutique is a must for all vintage-holics. They sell everything vintage, from furniture to clothes and accessories, and the amazing part is that they try to provide the customer with each piece's history if there is a significant one, to add extra kudos and value.
Selling the trendy Chanel espadrilles, as well as accessories and even sunnies, their rare selection of handbags is mostly comprised of Chanel. The Vintage Shop Dubai sells only through WhatsApp, but you may of course view their available items on Instagram and Facebook pages.
Tel: +971-55-721 8593 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook | Instagram: @thevintageshop_dubai
10 // Wayed Vintage
The first to be established in Dubai, Wayed Vintage is specialized in vintage-like jewelry as well as some real finds from renowned names like Givenchy and Dior. This brand sells some pieces via Instagram, but if you would like your goods delivered to an address outside of the UAE, you have to order from Fashlink. The best part here is that you can find beautiful pieces that are not necessarily made by big brands, for really good prices.
Email: email@example.com | Facebook | Instagram: @wayedvintage
Happy Vintage Shopping!