London has no shortage of vintage shops, especially in Shoreditch.
And nestled away on a side street off Brick Lane is the UK’s biggest- and arguably best- Blitz.
I’m somewhat of a vintage snob in that I’m really particular about what I like. But with 20,000 hand picked items over two floors, I instantly had a good feeling when I walked into Blitz.
The shop is well laid out. There’s nothing worse than a cramped shop with overfilled racks of clothes. The first thing that caught my eye was the row of vintage jumpsuits- these are my favourite thing IN THE WORLD, but as there’s only so many flared one pieces a girl can feasibly own I had to walk away. Next time.
The term ‘vintage’ is pretty broad, but Blitz stocks a good range from the 70s to the 90s. However, 90s pieces are definitely the focus here (which is helpful if you’re a fashion lover ’cause they’re super on trend, dude). Think denim overalls, oversized sweatshirts, Mom jeans and sportswear.
What I really like about Blitz is they also repurpose vintage as part of their Blitz Remix range. My favourite was a range of Ralph Lauren shirts, altered to give them a peplum mini dress feel. You’ll also find reconstituted crop tops, adorned jeans and pimped out cami dresses.
However, my ultimate favourite has to be the amazing range of hand painted items, designed by local designer Bex Furno for her label Baby Girl. These rose jeans are the stuff of my dreams.
The general vibe in Blitz is pretty cool, with quirky staff and a retro photo booth to capture all your fab vintage finds. If you’re going to pop in, I definitely recommend clearing your afternoon so you have plenty of time to peruse.
If you have a favourite vintage shop in London I need to check out, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Blitz, 55 – 59 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JP