The best vintage stores in Singapore, online and IRL: Déjà Vu Vintage, Vintagewknd and more
Better with age
Vintage fashion: you either love it or loathe it. This article addresses itself solely to the former demographic, though, so let's just dive in — it will never, ever be easier to shop for vintage in Singapore than in any other major city. Our tropical climate destroys clothing with devastating efficacy, and Singapore's small area and population density is not conducive to the storage of unused wardrobes; those once-in-a-lifetime estate sales that vintage dealers abroad sometimes stumble upon just don't occur here.
That having been said, there's bounty to be found if one is persistent. With the advent of online platforms like Carousell and Instagram, Singaporean vintage sellers are able to circumvent the Little Red Dot's sky-high shopfloor overheads, while the Internet has also allowed those with stores to expand their reach overseas. Below, we've assembled a list of the best digital and brick-and-mortar vintage retailers in Singapore for your perusal, whether you're a neophyte or an old hat checking in to see if your favourites are well-represented.
DUSTBUNNY VINTAGE (@DUSTBUNNY_VINTAGE)
For over a decade, Dustbunny Vintage operated out of a Bukit Purmei void deck, only recently upgrading to foot-traffic-friendlier Keong Saik Road. Their stock, however, has always been of excellent calibre, above all their extensive range of '60s to '70s day dresses in lightweight fabrics suited to our sweltering climate.
The duo behind hyper-affordable Vintagewknd may hold the occasional popup here and there, but the bulk of their prolific sales takes place on Carousell. This writer owns at least a dozen of their printed dresses, skirts and blouses (all of which are on regular rotation in her wardrobe), but Vintagewknd's expansion of its size range up to women's UK18, and its savvy drops of thematic 'capsule collections' on Instagram are what really distinguishes it from the competition.
DÉJÀ VU VINTAGE (@DEJA_VU_VINTAGE)
Conveniently situated on the ground floor of Millenia Walk — we'll just ignore the property developer's misspelling of 'millennia'— Déjà Vu's inventory contains some directional gems. One can find, for example, some very, very '80s party dresses and very, very '70s prairie numbers mixed in with the more conventional offerings, which is a rarity among generally conservative Asian vintage sellers.
LITTLE RED DOT VINTAGE (@LITTLEREDDOTVINTAGE)
Yet another native of Carousell, Little Red Dot Vintage trades in superior quality, well-preserved vintage. It also offers an unusual subcategory of clothing (at least within Singapore): negligées and camisoles. They were simply made prettier back then, peeps, so if you're looking to up your boudoir game...
DARK HORSE VINTAGE (DARKHORSEVINTAGE)
Private appointments aside, one can reliably find Dark Horse Vintage's clothes and accessories at Boutique Fairs. If you're one of the sceptics for whom wearing old clothing remains a hard pass, DHV's enviable selection of jewellery and bags is a good means of dipping your toes in the water.
DEATH THREADS VINTAGE (@DEATHTHREADSVTG)
Millennial children-at-heart, rock enthusiasts and T-shirt obsessives will get a kick outta this vendor, who clearly delights in the nostalgia of the '90s and early aughts i.e. the vintage eras that we actually lived through. Cue existential crisis.
TAMMARA CLEARS HER CLOSET (@TAMMARACLEARSHERCLOSET)
Tammara is notorious in the international vintage community — yes, that's totally a thing — for her shopaholic ways and seemingly inexhaustable bank account. She's got a taste for premium-end goods, and shopping her closet is one of the few ways one can purchase, locally, pre-'60s items (which, as previously mentioned, rarely survive the ravages of the tropics). The woman knows her stuff, though, so don't expect a bargain.