Places to shop Vintage in LA

By: Megan Duffy.

Old is the new NEW … Even As a kid, I was obsessed with vintage. My mom gave me a suitcase full of her old disco dancing outfits to play dress-up with as soon as I could walk, and I never wanted to wear anything else. Especially when I got to high school, I loved wearing one of a kind pieces that no one else had, instead of putting on the same “uniform” everyone else was wearing, which was usually whatever the mannequins wore in the mall window.  I’m always curious about the story of where a vintage piece came from. Who did it belong to? What was their story? Did wearing it make them feel good?

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With an average of 11 million tons of clothing hitting landfills every year, shopping vintage is not just recycling but also helping reduce the carbon footprint left behind by manufacturing new clothes. Not that you shouldn’t still get that cute pair of sandals from Kitson to wear at brunch …  Just pair them with a dreamy 1970s Gunne Sax!

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One of my favorite places to shop vintage in Los Angeles is Shareen Vintage. What originally started as a small booth at the Fairfax Flea Market in 2004 by Shareen Mitchell, is now an incredible unique shop- a carefully curated treasure chest full of fashion history. When you enter this giant warehouse located in Chinatown and hidden away through a gate in the back of the building, you are greeted by a “no boys allowed” sign. It feels like you are entering a secret exclusive club.

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Because there are no fitting rooms, women wander around in their skivvies, browsing through racks and racks of thousands of pristine dresses as old as the 1920s, and mostly priced under $100. If you try something on that looks amazing on you, both the staff and other shoppers will tell you so. If you try something on that isn’t flattering however, and Shareen is around, there’s a good chance she won’t let you go home with it.

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In addition to vintage, Shareen has a few of her own lines.  One is Shareen Again, where she takes pieces that have great fabric but are in disrepair, or just not that cute, and remakes them into her own designs. My favorites are the two piece skirt sets and flirty party halters.

photo About to hit the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Maniac” in the Shareen “Alexa” dress

A second line is Shareen’s own original vintage-inspired designs, simply called Shareen. These pieces, ranging from cocktail dresses to gowns are hand cut and sewn and can be custom made. The dress I wore to my “Maniac” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival was a custom navy blue “Alexa.”

For all you brides to be, there is also a Shareen Bridal line!

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Shareen’s dresses have found their way into photo shoots and red carpets, worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Lana del Rey, Zoe Deschanel, Ariana grande, Cat Deely, and Miranda Kerr (and me!), just to name a few. Even The McCord List’s very own Annalynne McCord was spotted in a Shareen dress during an episide of 90210!

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A visit to Shareen is a true right of passage for any fashionable lady in Los Angeles. Maybe I’ll run into you there! (Shareen is located at 1721 N. Spring St, Los Angeles 90012)1721 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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