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Lending the environment a (second) hand!

by Shradha Aswani

Masala’s round-up of places you can visit to get your second-hand fashion fix.

By Shradha Aswani

Sustainability in fashion has many shades. From passing school uniforms and bags as lineage to the younger child of the household, to using eco-friendly, indigenous dyes to add colour to their clothes, Indians have long had their own ways of weaving sustainability into the fabric of their clothing.

While the advent of designer titles and brands can leave you agnostic about whether the clothes you pick out are environmentally conscious, there is one purchase practice that can definitely help reduce your carbon footprint – buying clothes second-hand.

Masala has put together a list of local and online thrift stores that can help you add style to your wardrobe, while being light on both the pocket and the environment.

(un) FASHION Vintage Collection, (featured above) a unique dining and shopping space at Gateway Ekamai Mall, has a steady supply of leather goods, bags and shoes, alongside a diverse collection of namesake vintage pieces from popular luxury brands. You could also make a trip just to grab delicious servings of homemade cakes.
Instagram: @unfashion_vintagecollection

An international online-store for second-hand designer South Asian wear, you can find the likes of Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Anita Dongre on Saritoria’s website. The wedding season might have some interesting deals coming, so you may want to land on their page before the good pieces disappear!
Instagram: @saritoria

Bohemian, breezy, and vibrant, the collection at Again & Again in Rama IV is worth taking a look at if you are a 70s enthusiast. Their Instagram and Facebook pages will give you a fair idea of the classic styles they sell, so make sure to take a look at before you visit their outlet in the Suanplern Market.
Instagram: @vintage_again_and_again

Sprawled throughout an entire building, the Shinjuku Outlet at Wang Thonglang district has every conceivable clothes style available, and lets you buy your vintage wear by weight. You can try the outfits to pick the ones that go with your personality and get amazing value for money. Facebook: @shinjukuoutlet

Thonglor Art Village is comprised of a collection of small shops, and has all you may need as a fashion enthusiast and vintage-clothing evangelist; whilst holding your inclination for the arts close. Located at the heart of Sukhumvit, the store is a must-visit just for their beautiful and antique neckpieces, and there’s even a
café with some great coffee if you need a break while shopping. Facebook: @top1099i

A self-proclaimed thrift and consignment store, TokyoJoeBKK in Sukhumvit 39 sports a variety of classic pieces from bespoke luxury brands, available for you to grab at slashed prices. Take a look if you’re hoping to fi nd designs from Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Ray-Ban and more. Instagram: @tokyojoebkk

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