Rome, the capital of
vintage shopping

"After vintage shopping through the streets of Rome, we were tired but happy"

“Hi everyone, my name is Pat, and I am American. Today, I want to share an experience that I had with my friend Sienna. She is a young New Yorker, and we are traveling through Italy together. While we were in Rome, we decided to take a break from our strict itinerary and treat ourselves to a four-hour luxury vintage shopping tour with an experienced guide and a luxury car and driver at our disposal to discover the best luxury vintage shops in the city. We had seen enough museums and monuments, and now we wanted to hunt for some unique Italian vintage pieces. Maybe even a Fendi bag from last century…”

 Vintage, a sustainable choice

Our young and friendly driver picked us up at the hotel entrance at the agreed time, and after a pleasant ride through the city center, we arrived at our first stop: a shop that offers a wide selection of vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories for men and women. Without wasting any time, we dived into the colorful garments, and the hunt began. Sienna fell in love with a pair of 80s red leather boots, I opted for a more sober look with a striped sweater and black pants. Veronica, our guide, explained that this store is highly appreciated by young Romans looking for an original and alternative style. But the first thing she said was that buying vintage clothes is a sustainable choice that allows us to give new life to items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Furthermore, vintage provides a vast selection of unique and original items that cannot be found in fast fashion stores. And that was only the beginning!

Pieces of history of Italian fashion

We then went into a shop that offers a wide range of vintage clothes, bags, sunglasses and jewelry, and is very popular among tourists who want to take home a piece of Italian fashion history. Sienna grabbed some colorful and imaginative clothes, including a 1960s checkered dress. I found a pair of original round sunglasses.

Passionate of vintage

Chatting and laughing like three old friends, we walked to a store specialized in vintage clothing and accessories from the 70s and 80s. Sienna chose a blue jumpsuit with white stars that looked great on her, I got a floral shirt, and even our guide, struck on the road to Damascus, bought a long green skirt. She then told us that this store is run by two sisters who are passionate about vintage and personally select the items to display.

the stars' favorite vintage shops

But we had not yet reached the peak of the experience. In agreement with our unparalleled guide, we decided to change neighborhoods. During the five minutes waiting for our driver to arrive, we sipped an aperitif with its related appetizers in a welcoming bar in the area.

While walking through the beautiful streets of central Rome, we found a shop considered a true gem for vintage lovers, with a carefully curated selection of clothing, coats, bags, and accessories. Sienna found a black evening dress with feathers and pearls that looked like it came out of a Hollywood movie. I came across a military green jacket with patches and colorful buttons. Our guide told us that this shop is a favorite among movie and music stars who come to Rome.

recycling and sustainability

The last store we visited is part of an international chain that promotes recycling and sustainability. This store offers a wide selection of affordable clothing, footwear, and accessories. We found some beautiful Gucci robes on sale and took advantage of it.

A shared experience

After four hours of shopping, we were tired but happy. We wrapped up our tour with a final aperitif at an elegant bar near the Trevi Fountain. Veronica let loose with hilarious anecdotes that had us laughing out loud. In the end, Sienna was very happy and hugged me, saying it was one of the most beautiful days of her life and that she considers me a true friend. I replied that it had also been a pleasure for me to experience Rome from a different perspective with a friend like her.

Vintage in Rome, a sustainable choice

Rome, the vintage paradise
Rome is home to many vintage shops of all sizes, from small specialized boutiques to actual second-hand shopping centers.
Among the most famous shops are those with luxury vintage clothing, which offer designer clothes from big name brands like Chanel, Dior and Gucci, or shops that offer vintage clothing and fashion accessories of all kinds, from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Vintage shoes
Rome is also a must-visit destination for vintage shoes. There are numerous shops that offer vintage shoes of all kinds, from loafers to sneakers, from ballet flats to pumps.
Among the most well-known shops are those specialized in luxury vintage shoes, featuring models from big brands such as Prada, Gucci, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.

Luxury vintage shop
The clothing and accessories at Luxury Vintage Shop or Vintage Boutique are known for their high-quality and guaranteed authenticity. With luck, you can find unique or collectible pieces at affordable prices. The brands? Armani, Prada, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Fendi, Chanel… Behind it all, there is always a careful selection of the original items for sale, many in excellent condition!

Vintage bags
Vintage bags are a must-have for those who love fashion and design. In Rome, there are numerous shops that offer high-quality vintage bags from all over the world.
Here you can find vintage bags of all kinds, from classic models to more unique ones, many of them collectible.

Vintage jewelry
Vintage jewelry is an elegant and refined accessory that can add a unique touch to any look. In Rome, there are numerous shops that offer high-quality vintage jewelry from all over the world.
Specialized shops offer luxury vintage jewelry models from big names like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari.

"pre-loved"

Another phenomenon that is gaining increasing popularity is the second-hand market, also known as “second hand” or “pre-loved”.
The approach to “pre-loved” differentiates itself from the common used items for its emphasis on exclusivity and superior quality guarantee. This trend reflects a change in purchasing habits, with more and more people appreciating sustainability and the search for unique pieces in their wardrobe.
Buying second-hand clothing not only saves money but also helps to reduce the environmental impact associated with producing new clothing articles.

In some stores dedicated to this sector in Rome, it is possible to find contemporary clothing from past collections, never worn, at prices that can be even half the price compared to the original one.

If you’re in Rome looking for stylish and original apparel, shoes or bags, as well as exquisite antique jewelry pieces, vintage is definitely worth considering.

by Argiletum Tour Staff

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