Sustainably Stylish: 5 Local Shops for Vintage Swim Suits

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Retro, secondhand, vintage… whatever you call it, reclaimed fashion is timeless, sustainable and sexy. En vogue vintage swimsuits are flying off the shelves this season. (Men are particularly excited about them – trunks were sold out at press time!) Find your own sunny charmer that, um, suits you at one of these five local shops.

1. Rare Scarf

Shimmer and fringe circa the ‘80s and ‘90s. Photo by Mitch Phillips/Rare Scarf Vintage Clothing

In business more than five years, you’ve likely spotted the hard-to-miss ‘80s New Wave flair adorning this brick and mortar box off Cave Creek, south of Cactus Road. Owner, stylist and interior designer Mitch Phillips has parlayed her wild, artistic touches throughout the walls, vignettes and curation of her vintage collections, adding to an energetic, eclectic shopping experience. You might just be inspired to match your suit with a faux stole and snake print stilettos! By appointment only during the summer.
11428 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix
602-870-6678, rarescarfvintage.com­

2. Retro Ranch

1950s swimdress. Not pictured: a matching day wrap! Photo by Mirelle Inglefield

An international picker’s paradise, RR is a treasure trove of fun, mid-to late century décor, furniture, fashion and accessories. If its towering assemblage gets you overwhelmed, owner Indigo Hunter, or one of her on-site stylists, has mixing and matching running through their veins and would be ecstatic to help you create an exciting look for your summer soiree.
4303 7th Ave., Phoenix
602-297-1971, retroranch.net

3. Antique Sugar 

Swimsuits circa the ‘50s –‘90s. Photos by Mirelle Inglefield

Operating for nine years in a hefty, 2,500 square-foot space in the heart of Phoenix, best buds Annamarie Sanchez and Sarah Bingham have been procuring duds and décor that date from the late 1800s to the 1990s for 25 years. TIP: Irresistible and unexpected vintage lures at every turn, so be sure to clear your schedule and empty your car trunk before heading over.
801 N. 2nd St., Ste. 104, Phoenix
602-277-5765, antiquesugar.com

4. deep end vintage at NOONS

Two-piece and one-piece goodies from the ‘90s. Photos by Mirelle Inglefield

A new(er) kid on the 7th Ave. strip – deep end vintage shares space in the popular PHOENIX magazine 2018 Best of the Valley winner, NOONS. Motivated by edging out the predatory practices and environmental damage of fast fashion, owner Emily Bernstein seeks to help stylish shoppers express themselves with a twist of quality old-school flair at their contemporary pool party, and is happy to ship or make available for pick up locally.
2811 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix
instagram.com/deependvintage

5. Time Bomb Vintage Clothing

An array of ’50s swim costumes. Photos courtesy instagram.com/timebombvintageclothingphx

Why not make a day on Melrose at this last but certainly not least boutique, specializing in ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s retro threads for men and women. Slinging vintage for over 30 years, seasoned owner Mickey Monti-Columbi opened TBVC with his wife, Fiona, five years ago. Stocked in throwback versatility, offerings include everything from charming chalkware lamps to unique aluminum trailers!
4636 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix
timebombvintagephoenix.com

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