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Photographer, creative director and thrift enthusiast Elizabeth De La Piedra opens up her little black book of vintage and independent boutiques in her home town of Chicago

Wednesday 21 November, 2018

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Congruent Space (courtesy of Congruent Space)

Store B Vintage

A really beautiful store with high-quality vintage clothing, accessories and home interiors. The items are presented with a lot of care, and categorised by era and designer. You’ll find the dreamiest accessory selection here like beautiful designer bags. I should say that this is a very small store with fragile and precious items, particularly in the home section, so probably wise to leave little ones at home to allow you time to browse.

Best purchase?
A vintage silk-lined clutch covered in velvet roses. It’s extremely special and every time I take her out she gets all the attention.
1472 N Milwaukee Ave; storebvintage.com

Knee Deep Vintage

This store is home to curated vintage with a large collection of 1960s and 1970s Lana Del Rey vibes. I have scored many a crop top from here. It’s a really wonderful place for dresses and vintage accessories, and be sure to check out its selection of denim, including classic Levi’s and Guess cuts.

Best purchase?
Vintage cherry-print palazzo pants. I thought I was dreaming.
1219 W 18th St; kneedeepvintage.com

Lost Eras

This place is practically a museum. Lost Eras is a treasure trove of antiques and clothing specializing in props and costume rental. The selection is vast and deep with a basement maze full of authentic pieces for any costume or outfit idea. If I’m looking for something to make an outfit a show stopper, I might go here and find something super unique and wild. A gorgeous, eccentric space with lovely staff to match.

Best purchase?
A vintage boned corset in a floral cream jacquard fabric. It’s the sweetest thing.
1511 Howard St; losteras.com

Saint Alfred

This is sneaker heaven with a constant influx of rare and up-to-date selections. It has the whole family covered with hers, his and children’s options. Follow its Instagram for shoe-drop announcements or miss out: @saintalfred.

Best purchase?
My Converse Golf le Fleurs. The colors make me so happy.
1531 N Milwaukee Ave; saintalfred.com

Three Stars Resale Shop

I love this store for vintage furniture and home accessories. It’s a really inspiring place with everything from incredible paintings to indoor statues, all priced extremely well considering the quality and authenticity of the stock. The friendly staff are fine for you to ogle all the cool pieces for as long as you want. A top tip is to come with cash as it might get you a deal.

Best purchase?
A free-standing Lucite coat rack. It’s basically invisible and looks like a piece of art.
2600 W Fullerton Ave; threestarsresaleshop.com

Buffalo Exchange

You can find some seriously rare luxury if you peek into the front display cases – I’ve clocked Givenchy, Chanel and Balenciaga. This exchange has a great turnaround of vintage and current clothing and I often pick up pieces that might have sold out in stores. I’ve been told that several Chicago artists and influencers exchange pieces here on the regular.

Best purchase?
A vintage skeleton T-shirt that’s been reduced through the years to the ‘essence’ of a T-shirt.
1478 N Milwaukee Ave; buffaloexchange.com

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