These are our favorite vintage fashion shops and boutiques around Atlanta. Each is filled with retro gems waiting to be discovered.
Brick + Mortar
Hang around Atlanta enough and chances are you’ll encounter David Kowalski’s work, likely without realizing it. A third-generation Atlantan, his affinity for history has led to a passion for purveying curious odds and ends. Inside his shop at Westside Provisions District, everything has its own story to tell, from hand-poured candles to a taxidermy zebra head—on consignment—to vintage tennis racquets.
Kowalski has also lent a hand in styling various local businesses, from hip eateries like Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall to The Pinewood and Bell Street Burritos in addition to the common area at Armour Yards and even a renovated camper behind his 1930s bungalow listed to rent on Airbnb. 1170 Howell Mill Road, 404.492.9207
Levi's Tailor Shop
This American icon's retail location at Alpharetta’s Avalon is a cut above others. Front and center upon entering is the Tailor Shop—the seventh in the nation—offering alterations, hemming and repairs by Levi’s in-house denim experts. Here, trained tailors can turn your favorite pair of jeans or go-to jacket into a one-of-a-kind piece with embroidery, script and custom patches. Choose your color thread for monogramming, or maybe add some Georgia pride with a peach or professional sports team logo to rep your team all season long. Originality counts.
Don’t know where to start? Levi’s Tailor Shop regularly pairs up with local fashion bloggers to hosts how-to workshops, complete with DJs and drinks. Check Levi’s website for dates. 8140 1st St., Suite 8110, Alpharetta, 678.266.6221
Human Sounds Records
Atlanta-based Joshua Lee Andrews' hobby project turned indie label produces tracks from modern artists on retro medium. With a growing—albeit niche—audience, HSR’s tapes are sold locally in Criminal Records, Wax’n’Facts and Decatur CD as well as in Canada, Taiwan and Japan.
Want to win that Halloween contest this year? This 10,000-square-foot mainstay in Little Five Points has the most irreverent and original wigs, masks and costumes to get the job done. 464 Moreland Ave. NE, 404.577.3188
The Clothing Warehouse
There are no thrift store baskets to sift through here. Instead, this shop—just down the street from Junkman’s Daughter—has built its reputation for the racks and rows of handpicked vintage finds, including a stellar collection of cowboy boots. No two pieces are the same. 420 Moreland Ave., 404.524.5070
Since the first location debuted in Arizona in 1974, Buffalo Exchange has led the resale fashion industry as the go-to for budget- and environmentally conscious shoppers. Located on Poncey Highlands, the Atlanta outpost neighbors local landmarks like the Plaza Theatre and the Majestic Diner. 1057 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, 404.817.0921
Atlanta Used Furniture
This Instagram-based business buys, sells, rents and trades unique pieces from a Chamblee address. With 18,000 followers and counting, rare gems are instant hits. 236 Marray Drive, @atlantausedfurniture