Established in 2004, VS Vintage Archive specialise in sourcing high-end vintage clothing and accessories for fashion houses (including Dior and Vivienne Westwood) seeking inspiration and reference from fashion history.
We source rare couture labels and pieces of historical value dating from 1890 to 1990, as well as lesser-known items that are desirable in their own right; locating pieces that hold their own individual qualities in fabric, construction, era and rarity.
In addition, a Contemporary Archive featuring many coveted designer labels and luxury brands has been added to the private collection.
Shop our considered edit of Vintage and Contemporary clothing, accessories, jewellery, homeware and one-off pieces from our in-house design label - Vanda Smith (featured in Vogue, Tatler & The Guardian).
Producing couture show pieces at jewellery brand Erickson Beamon in the mid 1990s for fashion houses (including John Galliano, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Ghost, and Copperwheat Blundell) inspired our move towards designing and sourcing one-off pieces. For more information or to purchase a one-off piece visit us in-store or via our 1stDibs store.
The Vintage and Contemporary collections will be updated in-store and via our 1stDibs store on a monthly and a seasonal basis. Please join our mailing list to receive regular updates of new arrivals, sale events, collaborations and new stockists. Alternatively contact us to discuss your individual sourcing requirements or specific commissions.
Our current stockists include the iconic luxury department store Liberty London. 1stDibs home to the most beautiful things on earth and Kerry Taylor Auctions the world's leading vintage fashion auction house.
We are also proud members of the prestigious Vintage Fashion Guild, the leading online label and fabric resource for vintage fashion.
Stockists, Collaborations & News
KERRY TAYLOR AUCTIONS - ‘PASSION FOR FASHION’ AUCTION
Kerry Taylor Auctions is ‘the worlds leading auction house specialising in vintage fashion, fine antique costume and textiles’. Past sale highlights include Audrey Hepburn’s private collection of Haute Couture, Madonna’s iconic Jean Paul Gaultier stage wear and rare early John Galliano pieces.
Look out for our inclusions on Tuesday the 12th of December 2023 @ 9.00 GMT+1/BST - Register to bid @ www.kerrytaylorauctions.com
The highlight of the show this time is Elizabeth Taylor’s Christian Dior couture Soirée à Rio 'Oscars' dress, Spring-Summer 1961, by Marc Bohan (Lot 422). This historic gown, along with a selection of pieces from the late Hollywood icon’s wardrobe, comprise Lots 407-422 in the sale.
VINTAGE FASHION GUILD
We are excited to announce our approval as a member of the prestigious Vintage Fashion Guild.
The VFG is the leading online label and fabric resource for vintage fashion, fostering knowledge, understanding and appreciation of vintage fashion through their international community of members.
The organisation is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vintage fashion and is an indispensable vintage- fashion knowledge database.
KERRY TAYLOR AUCTIONS - ‘VINTAGE FASHION, ANTIQUE COSTUME & TEXTILES’ AUCTION
We are delighted to announce our 3rd year working with the prestigious auction house Kerry Taylor Auctions - ‘the worlds leading auction house specialising in vintage fashion, fine antique costume and textiles’.
Look out for our inclusion on Tuesday the 21st of March 2023 @ 14.00 GMT+1/BST featuring a Janice Wainwright c.1970 Group Lot - Embroidered Chiffon Top + Embroidered Cotton Dress - Lot Number 293 (Register to bid).
CLEARPAY - PAY NOW PAY LATER
We have added the - ClearPay - Buy Now Pay Later payment method to our online store. Receive products immediately and pay in four interest-free instalments. Find us on the ClearPay Member - Shop Directory or shop using ClearPay in-store.
KERRY TAYLOR AUCTIONS - ‘PASSION FOR FASHION’ AUCTION
We are excited to announce our inclusion in the prestigious Kerry Taylor Auctions ‘Passion for Fashion Auction’ - Lot Number 1 - Gianni Versace c.1990 Studded Belt Bag.
Our personal auction favourites include - Lot 115A The Judith Franklin hat worn by Steve Strange in David Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ music video 1980 - Lot 79 Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy haute couture white point d’esprit ball gown worn in the opera scene of ‘Love in the Afternoon’ 1956 - Lot 176 The rare Issey Miyake moulded acrylic breastplate/ buster A/W 1980-81.
1STDIBS - AUCTIONS
Introducing 1stDibs Auctions - ’Experience the thrill of the treasure hunt’.
Visit us online @ 1stDibs Auctions - Our weekly entries end every Sunday @ 8pm.
1STDIBS - ONLINE STORE
We are delighted to announce our collaboration with the prestigious online platform 1stDibs home to ‘The Most Beautiful Things on Earth’.
Shop our considered edit of rare Vintage & Contemporary one-off pieces, curated for 1stDibs.
Visit us online - @VS Vintage Archive-1stDibs
We currently stock a selection or rare designer vintage clothing and accessories at Liberty London sourced by their resident buyer Stelios.
In-store - Liberty London, Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH - 2nd, Ground & Lower Ground Floors / Online @ Liberty London - Designer Vintage.
BRENNAN AND BURCH
We are happy to announce our collaboration with interiors brand Brennan and Burch…….with the kind use of their ‘Zig Zag’ print for our (Limited Edition) Tissue Paper design.
Please visit our online Homeware Edit to purchase a selection of colourful, fantastical, hand-drawn Wallpaper and Art Prints by Brennan and Burch. Alternatively visit www.brennan-and-burch.co.uk to purchase their full range.
Environmentally Responsible Fashion
If you are increasingly aware of fast fashions impact on the environment and are looking for a more sustainable way to shop, buying pre-loved or vintage could be the answer for you.
By buying pre-loved or vintage you are extending the life of these items…………with just 9 extra months of use, you could reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30%.
Every piece in our Private Collection is steamed cleaned and sanitised removing 99.9% of bacteria.
Steam Cleaning / Environmental Credentials
* Steaming kills odour causing germs whilst removing 99.9% of bacteria
* Steaming removes the allergens that attract dust mites
* Steaming requires nothing more than water and heat therefore, is non-polluting compared with other mite eradication methods that require the use of detergents and chemicals used in dry cleaning agents
Your order will be packaged sustainably using fully recyclable and FSC certified tissue paper and Colourplan paper covered boxes, that come from an FSC and ECF accredited source.
Colourplan Paper / Environmental Credentials
* Colourplan Paper is fully recyclable and biodegradable
* Colourplan Paper has FSC certification, meaning the pulps used are all from managed forests
* It is also Heavy Metal Free and because the bleaching process avoids the use of harmful chlorine, it is classified ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free)