If you’ve ever visited an antique or thrift store Paris, the words ‘La Brocante’ may be familiar to you. And when many of you hear the words ‘Rag & Bone’ you’ll start thinking about cult denim and accessories from New York...
Instead, West End’s latest vintage store, La Brocante Rag and Bone, pays homage to the flea markets of Paris and the so-called ‘rag and bone’ merchants who started them back in the late 1800s. And if that’s not enough history for you, the shop has taken over from legendary West End tailors, the Argyris Brothers, who recently closed after more than five decades in business.
This charming little store is packed full of vintage clothing and accessories pulled mostly from the 1970s and 80s. However, it’s not all vintage; there’s a smattering of good quality second-hand pieces from more recent years. The prices are good (for inner-city vintage) with most items coming in under the $60 mark. I saw a fabulous denim dress from the 1980s for $45, a fur coat for $60 and a nicely worn-in men’s t-shirt for $20.
Speaking of the fellas, I have to say the menswear really impressed. While many vintage stores are geared more towards women, I found myself spending plenty of time browsing through the jumpers, belts and button-down shirts on the men’s side of the store.
If you’re looking for a perfect 1950s cocktail dress, this may not be the spot for you. But if, like me, you love wearing vintage every day and appreciate good quality one-off items that aren’t costume-y, La Brocante Rag & Bone is likely to become a new favourite.
Hot Tip: While browsing you may notice a gorgeous old bird-cage in the middle of the store. Sitting very quietly and prettily inside is a real little feathered fella. His name? Atticus Finch, of course.
Where: 93 Vulture Street, West End
When: Mon – Fri 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 9am-8pm
Nadia Buick, a PHD fashion candidate at QUT, knows a thing or two when it comes to art and style. Working as a freelance fashion curator, she is an avid wearer of vintage (just ask for her best spots about town), collects old paintings and postcards and can always find the beauty in a little clutter.
Images Credit: Nadia Buick