The Best Cities in the World to Find Unique Designer Items

Marc Gordon
Jan 24, 2021

It is hard to decide if the best thing in life is traveling or shopping. There is nothing more soothing than some well-deserved retail therapy. But nothing more fascinating than visiting new places and discovering new cultures. Combining those two intents, we give you the best cities around the world where you can enjoy the beautiful architecture and have the opportunity to find incredible one-of-a-kind designer items.


Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

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Berlin’s best-kept secret is a small vintage shop called Townes. Curated by stylish owner Shoko Kawaida, the store has everything you might want. There you can find archival items of clothing by designer brands such as Comme des Garçons, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto, and Helmut Lang.


Eiffel Tower seen in the end of the street in Paris, France

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Paris is known for its fashion, so it’s no surprise that one of the best vintage shops in the world calls the city home. Thanx God I’m A VIP is a pioneer in the vintage clothing market, having opened its doors in 1994. There, you can find items by designers such as Azzedine Alaïa, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Commes de Garçon, Prada, and Hermès.


Aerial view of London Cityscape with River Thames at twilight

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Famous among A-listers such as Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham and Meghan Markle, William Vintage is the place to be in London. The items collected at the shop are carefully selected based on current resonance and include numerous pieces by Maisons such as Dior, Chanel, Versace, Cristobal Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Courrèges, Yves Saint Laurent, and Gucci.


River and buildings in Copenhagen against cloudy sky

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If you are looking for brands such as Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Prada, or Dior, Time’s Up Vintage is your best bet. This subterranean shop in Copenhagen is a favorite among celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, and Jane Birkin. If a tag is not the main selling point of a clothing article for you, the store also offers a large collection of high-quality non-designer items.