A second boutique vintage clothes shop is due to open on Stoke Newington High Street as East End fashion spreads north.
The Covent Garden based Mint Retro shop will be opening its second store in the Dalston area of Hackney in February.
Beyond Retro, another vintage retailer (mostly stocking American brands), opened a new flagship store on the same strip of the High Street in August last year. They have existing stores in Soho, Brick Lane and Brighton.
The new stores show a distinct change in character for the otherwise unglamorous strip of road which mainly consists of small grocery stores and restaurants. A spokesperson for Mint said: “Before it was Shoreditch and now it’s Dalston.”
There are already a number of vintage clothes stores just down the road amongst the cafes of Stoke Newington Church St. They include Ribbons and Taylor (where you can still pick up a bargain); Strut which is mostly more expensive designer brands (it has also opened a more expensive branch just off Broadway Market) and relatively new arrival Dirty Blond.
Over Christmas, the shop where Mint is due to open, was used as a pop-up exhibition space by owner, James Wright, who held a show there called The Vest is History.
The tongue-in-cheek show included a sale of string vests and a Bultaco Sherpa 250 motorbike, on sale for £3,500.