The key to adding vintage objects to your home and wardrobe: Shop where life and style coalesce in studied, nonkitschy collections that transcend time and genre. It’s a thoroughly modern boutique concept—some of the most relevant shops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and now Seattle address sustainability, budgets in flux, the romance of handmade goods, the union of home and self, and the push-pull of yesterday and the future—from the perfectly broken-in to the wonderfully brand new. 

Kaleidoscope Vision 

1419 10th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-432-9689;

The Shop Three chicly nostalgic best friends from California—you can picture them forming an electro-psych-folk band—offer beatnik-style coed apparel, housemade ceramics and scents, two American denim lines, and used and new shoes. Finds A vibrant blue ikat kimono jacket ($62) by Bonneville, a Gig Harbor– and Poulsbo-based clothing line from the era of Carole King records and hanging ferns. A line of Swedish-made clog sandals ($200) that take you from the backyard to date night. Goes With The earthiness of Alhambra, and the ease of American Apparel.

In Commune

1510 12th Ave, Capitol Hill,

The Shop It’s all about texture: nubby linen dresses and woven table linens all gently used and finely pressed; earthy ’70s denim; crocheted baby knits from Grandma’s day; and studio pottery from Vashon, Japan, and beyond. Finds A pint-size 1920s romper ($36), a Danish modern teak tray ($28), and a mint-colored shift ($75) that evokes the Andrews Sisters and the ’80s. Goes With Global chic a la Les Amis, Baby and Co., and the richly minimal interiors featured in the elemental style book Handcrafted Modern by New York Times contributor Leslie Williamson. 


5335 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-829-8539;

The Shop Ready for this? French leather chairs from the 1920s, an antique typography cabinet, and other ancient, world-sourced home decor; last season’s (read: discounted) men’s shirts from the local line Cooper Jones; and consigned designer goods for him and her. It’s a random mix—trouvaille means “lucky find” in French—but it works. Finds A like-new ombre men’s button-up by Prada ($150), a yellow Burberry shift ($400), an antique four-piece lapis-and-mother-of-pearl steak knife set ($195). Goes With An artfully active lifestyle augmented by Filson, Butch Blum, and the occasional holiday in Provence.

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