Dig below the surface and find vintage bargains in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Walk in wardrobes Bambah and Garderobe: Step back in time and enter Bambah, a vintage haute haunt whose old world décor is complemented by rails of days-gone-by designer finds, well-travelled Louis Vuitton suitcases brimming to the top with ’50s kitten heels, and hat racks and antique wardrobes loaded with accessories. For a more neo-deco boutique experience, open the doors to Garderobe, one of Dubai’s newest pre-loved designer wear specialists. The costume jewellery and handbag selection are pure vintage paradise.
Bambah, 39 Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai (050 674 1754), Garderobe, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai (04 394 2753).
Rummage through a chest of drawers Reem’s Closet: Renowned for its selection of vintage designer handbags, Reem’s Closet is certainly not part of Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue elite clique, but tucked away upstairs in a corner of the Mazaya Centre. Although it does stock a good selection of vintage clothing, the highlight is delving through the drawers of designer purses, wallets and bags.
Reem’s Closet, Mazaya Centre, Dubai (04 343 9553).
Book a private appointment My Vintage Parlour: If trawling through mounds of tea dresses, prom skirts and silk shirts circa 1963 is not your idea of vintage shopping joy, book a private appointment with My Vintage Parlour. The hassle-free service allows you to privately view a hand-picked selection of vintage clothes in line with your specific criteria and size.
My Vintage Parlour, Jumeirah Beach Road. Call 04 394 2753 for more information.
Haggle at the market Dubai Designer Market: Every second Saturday of the month, don your best bartering hat and search out some designer deals at Dubai Designer Market. It’s not the biggest of places but, among the stalls selling the new and unique, there are plenty of great vintage finds to be made.
Dubai Designer Market, Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 296 9680).
Click to it The Vintage Closet: Online vintage stores certainly take the hassle out of shopping and there are plenty around the world that deliver to Dubai — but for something closer to home, befriend The Vintage Closet. The online store uses Facebook to showcase its collection of timeless and vintage designer handbags and accessories, and has a particular penchant for Chanel and Hermès.
The Vintage Closet, www.facebook.com/thevintagecloset.