One of a Kind

Where

259 Portobello Road
London , W11 1LR

Tube

Ladbroke Grove

Web

www.oneofakindlondon.com/

Open

Mon-Fri:11-6pm Sat:10-6.30pm Sun:11-6pm

Phone

+44 20 7792 5853

Info

To employ a metaphor is the best way to describe this little boutique on Portobello Road, it shines brighter and brighter the more you scratch below the surface. On first sight it’s a tiny space crammed full of vintage frocks. The rails are heaving under the weight and half of the stock is hanging from the ceiling, which almost gives a 360 shopping experience. The high-end avant-garde vintage pieces range from Victorian through to the '80s with an enormous selection of Chanel, Hermes and Vivienne Westwood. Wherever you turn you discover something new, and everything your eye falls on is in top quality condition. When I visited I saw fur, snakeskin, silk and cashmere. You work up quite an appetite for shopping as the shop is a bit of a maze. You might have to squeeze yourself through small doors and down twisty narrow corridors laden with accessories - but it's worth it. There are several connecting rooms - one with mainly vintage clothing for men and a shoe boudoir with walls covered in custom made pumps, boots and sandals. After asking the right questions I was taken to a backroom - hidden behind a mirror with a selection of the finest vintage has to offer. I spotted a lot of Chanel – suits, bags (one of them the size of a small child), Westwood shoes, Kelly bags, YSL jewelry, Ossie Clark, Gucci, Christian Dior, Galliano – it's an impressive selection. The shop is a celebrity playground and I’m not surprised to find out that the owner Jeff is well connected and known amongst stylists, models and celebrities. His frocks and accessories have been shown in top fashion magazines and he regularly dresses celebrities for red carpet events. Madonna walked out of his shop in a 1980's Lorenzo Riva dress for the MTV awards. My tip, don’t waste any time in the front, go straight through to the back room and make sure you have plenty of time to explore. For a relaxed shopping experience it's best to come during the week as it can get busy on Saturday's. This shop was spied for you by: Kristina

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