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Raiders Vintage review

Jennifer Leeming on a vintage collection worth raiding

Published on February 22nd 2011.


Raiders Vintage review

Where is it?
38 Renshaw Street
Liverpool
L1 4EF
Open 11am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday

Completely deserving of its excellent reputation, Raiders is the place to go for affordable and very wearable vintage clothing. They may not be harbouring any over-priced vintage Chanel handbags, but everything looks good enough to be designer.

History:
Loyal customers of Raiders Vintage should be eternally grateful that a few years ago founder Kelly Reid decided her wardrobe needed downsizing. It was the selling of a number of her old clothes that made her realise just how popular vintage clothes can be, and eventually persuaded her to give up her work as a jeweller in Bristol and move to Liverpool.

As someone who has always collected vintage, Kelly had the passion and knowledge to run a successful store. After a stint in Liverpool’s iconic Quiggins, Kelly moved her business into its own home on Renshaw Street, where four years later its popularity is still growing.

What do they sell?
Kelly described her own taste as ‘eclectic’, something which can be clearly seen in the huge variety of stock on offer. You can find anything in this treasure trove, whether it’s a quirky little scarf or hair accessory or more stand-out pieces like ball-gowns, fur coats and fabulously warm chunky knitwear.

However, Kelly does always keep her eye firmly on current trends, letting them influence her buying choices – currently 50’s clothing is the most coveted – but still leaving space for everything from 20s couture to grungy 90s fashion (think back to Shirley Manson and old-school Gwen Stefani). Prices range from £1.50 for a scarf or bowtie to individually priced (but slightly more expensive) 20s couture gowns.

Who shops there?
Anyone whose interest in fashion that goes further than the sale rail at Topshop. Shopping for vintage is an art form, but I think this only adds to its attraction – there’s no better feeling than rifling through the rails and discovering a gem. Kelly chooses every piece carefully, telling me that many customers come to Raiders because they know they can rely on the quality of the stock. After all, wearing second-hand doesn’t mean you have to look shabby.

The huge range of stock means that Raiders doesn’t limit itself to one age group, and they’ve had customers aged 14 to 70, all finding something that suits them perfectly.

Ever since Kate Moss started stepping out in vintage Dior evening gowns, every girl on the high street has been desperate to get in on the scene. Yet however trendy vintage may be at the moment, Raiders don’t have celebrity prices, so it’s a brilliant way for the vintage virgin to introduce themselves into the sometimes scary world of second-hand.

Why shop there?
Wearing vintage is all about trying new things, and having the confidence to be a little bit different. Shopping at Raiders means that you can stand out in the best possible way, and instead of simply wearing the same Primark tea-dress owned by every single one of your mates, you can find yourself a dazzling knitted Granddad sweater and turn it into a bang-on-trend jumper dress. Put simply, Raiders puts the fun back into fashion, and lets us have a go at digging up some fantastic finds.

Future:
Kelly told me that for now, the future of the company lies in web retail, and she’s working to expand their website. However, with so many shoppers dedicated to Raiders, it’s more than unlikely that it will stay in its vibrant current home for many years to come.

Verdict:
Completely deserving of its excellent reputation, Raiders is the place to go for affordable and very wearable vintage clothing.

They may not be harbouring any over-priced vintage Chanel handbags, but everything looks good enough to be designer. Anyone interested should check out their Facebook page (click here), where the very hip staff post photos of their personal favourites every week, making you’re even more excited to visit this little boutique.

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