The Leeds vintage scene is one of the best you'll find in a UK city, with a Retro edge and with some famous Leeds own vintage brands featuring in the mix like Blue Rinse which began life as a market stall in the 1990s, and now sells its stock in Urban Outfitters! The scene clusters around the classic Victorian Corn Exchange on Call Lane and will more than fill a vintage shopping weekend break in the city!
Located within one of the finest Victorian buildings in Britain, vintage markets and shops in Leeds’ Corn Exchange are essential visiting on any city break. Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs which are now touring across 30 UK cities and popping up at festivals was born in Leeds and they take place regularly through the year in this magnificent Grade 1 Listed building. Top fashion magazines including Elle and Vogue sing the praises of this affordable vintage market which is spread across the downstairs and upstairs of the Corn Exchange.
Stalls sell everything from clothing and accessories to prints, homewares and collectables. Find the Corn Exchange in the heart of the Leeds vintage scene next to the bus interchange. Inside you’ll also find several fantastic vintage shops including ‘Mad Elizabeth’ with stock from the 1950s to the 1980s, and head to ‘Alice Found Treasure’ for best vintage jewellery, accessories and beautiful handmade clothing. The Corn Exchange also hosts regular vinyl revival Record Fairs and unique craft and gift fairs - see the full events programme on the website.
A vintage legend in Leeds, Blue Rinse just across from the Corn Exchange on Call Lane began life as a vintage stall on Leeds Market in 1997, a good few years before vintage clothing and collectables became firmly part of the mainstream shopping experience in the UK. After the initial success of the stall they opened ‘One of a Kind’ on Kirkgate in the city, establishing a large cult following. This led to the opening of the original Blue Rinse vintage store on Call Street in 1998, and today the ‘brand’ also has a Manchester store on Oldham Street and its fantastic retro vintage stock is available in Urban Outfitters stores!
The Leeds store with its funky distinctive frontage is spread across three floors and is brimming over with Retro accessories and clothing, plus reworked vintage classics and checkout the belt and bag wall on the second floor for that accessories piece you just won’t find anywhere else! Looking for best vintage sportswear? Find it here in Blue Rinse! Whist Blue Rinse has exported to Manchester, this works both ways with the Manchester based Pop also setting up shop in Leeds on Central Road. Head to Pop Leeds for more vintage classics with a Retro edge.
The fast expanding Best Clothing Leeds on New Market Street is where to find the 'Best' Retro reworkings of second hand clothing. They source their unique pieces far and wide, from Italy, New York and the UK, and recycling is a big theme here in Best Clothing's ethical approach to fashion and garment production. Great women's pieces include tie-dye tee dresses and equally as good is the men’s range featuring clothing and accessories with a Retro twist, tailored and refitted to suit today’s fashions. Established in 2007, Best Clothing in Leeds is rapidly making a name for itself on the global fashion stage.
If you’re on the lookout for that bespoke piece of vintage jewellery, Aladdin’s Cave in Queens Arcade is where to head. Browse their superb collection of vintage Jet jewellery and their selection of earrings, brooches and classic timepieces. Jewellery comes in a range of genres and styles from Victorian and Art Deco to Arts & Crafts. You won’t find these hand picked pieces on the High Street - each jewellery gem is unique. The shop also features a stunning selection of vintage marcasite (sometimes called white iron pyrite) jewellery.