Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Stockholm Retro Part 2 - Retro Stores

It seems like Stockholm has caught the Retro bug!  I encountered many interesting stores throughout the city, ranging from vintage second-hand clothing shops, original furnishings and items, to new designer goods heavily influenced by the 50's, 60's and the 70's. Probably the best of the lot was the fantastic Stockholm Retro, situated at 103 St. Eriksgatan, it's a visually stunning store that could easily be mistaken for an art gallery or museum. The closest Metro is St. Eriksplan, take the Torsgatan exit. The opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2pm-6pm and Fridays 12 noon-6pm, however these are subject to change so it might be better to check before visiting. I spoke to owner Ronny, who kindly allowed me to take some photos and told me that the store has been open since March this year. They do a lot of business through mail order and stock mainly Scandinavian goods. You can check out some of the items on their web-site.

Retro.etc was an interesting little store too, packed full of colourful goodies, and they mix second hand with brand new designer items. Some of the colourful, eye-catching goods with the fruit motifs are designed by Lotta Kühlhorn from Koloni Stockholm, in conjunction with Retro.etc's owner, Karin Carlback. The store is located at 65 Folkungagatan in Södermalm and the closest Metro is Medborgarplatsen. It's open Mon-Fri 11:30am-6:30pm and Sat 11am-4pm.

Beyond Retro actually has branches in the U.K. too and specialises in Vintage Clothing, the SoFo store was the first to appear in Stockholm, established in 2005, and is located at 144 Åsögatan. There are also other branches in Stockholm located at 82 Brännkyrkagatan and 77 Drottninggatan.

These great coat-hangers caught my eye in the window of the Adesso store, also on Åsögatan at number 126. You can hang your Union Jack jacket on Pete Townshend, your leather trousers on Jim Morrison or your scarf around Frank Zappa...!

All Photographs copyright Steve Worrall 2012

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