In Portugal there are more and more adepts of the aesthetics of other times and second-hand clothes. Will to save or the reflection of a way of being? The Expresso shows you a vintage Port where the trend has come to stay
In a Port that is discovered and rediscovered, always open to those who arrive, also the chest of other times is uncovered. It is a vintage Port, where neither rags are old and time can be worn second hand.Throughout the city, clothing stores dedicated to an audience are multiplying in search of unique and irreplaceable pieces.The temptation of low prices is high, but more than the economic component, weighs in the decision the will to mark the difference.Used but as new, this trend taken out of the attic has become a fashion.
The Trindade station is one of the most important transit points in Invicta. For those who arrive with time, very close by – at 540 Rua do Bonjardim – the vintage shop “UR” is an excellent option to embark on a trip until the 1980s and 1990s. After having emerged as an online project and Having been present in several markets in the city, materialized in a physical space for almost three years.
It started by selling only second hand articles, but currently also bet on own confectionery. The goal is to “show people that second-hand clothing does not have to be rotten, old or smelly,” Sen. Fernandes tells Expresso .
In the “UR” people come in of all ages, looking for timeless rarities ready to wear and for all wallets. From balances to a euro to clothing items that can cost more than 100, in this vintage shop you will find a little bit of everything.”We have all kinds of public, as long as the pieces are good, decent and affordable.It is no longer just for alternatives”, assures the owner.
“They are pieces that last a lifetime and are in good condition. Currently a pair of trousers last two months, on average, and then breaks, “notes Senra Fernandes, for whom the choice of clothes from other times and with” personality “represents an” opportunity for people to walk on the street and be identified for using An exclusive piece”. He believes that a certain stigma persists in Portugal, compared to other European cities, where buying second-hand clothes is a consolidated habit. “There are customers coming from outside, for example from Barcelona, where there are numerous shops Vintage, or Holland. If these people value our parts, this is for quality, “he says.
In search of the lost dress
One such example is the Catalan José María, 52, who we found in the shop “Mon Père” (Rua da Conceição, No. 80) dedicated exclusively to the sale of second-hand clothing in a vintage and urban style.José is on vacation in Oporto and took the opportunity to get to know the space while looking for a “hunter” – or a coat, in good Portuguese – of the 1930s or 1940s.
One confesses to being “enamored” by this type of products, since they dance “swing” and “lindy hop”, styles that refer to the American folk imaginary.”The price is not so important for me, because this is part of a lifestyle,” explains this tourist from Barcelona.
We ask for the owner Mariana Rodrigues and they tell us that it is not.”I was traveling to China.For some time also been in India, “always looking for differentiated items and which you can bring to your store.The prices are quite inviting and we can find, for example, a leather jacket from the 1970s for a modest 20 or 30 euros.It only takes patience and choose well, because unlike what happens on a common commercial surface, here all the pieces are unique and the hangers do not have several sizes of the same article.
Looking for knit sweaters for winter, we find Ana Cardoso, 19, and, as usual, does not intend to spend more than 10 euros.”I like to arrive, to see, to spend some time looking for, because it is really good to look around and see products from other times,” enthusiastically explains the young student of Communication Design.
Interest arose through mere chance.”I saw a really beautiful dress in a series and it was nowhere to be found,” says Ana. She does not remember the series anymore, but the dress does not forget it and since then she has started a lawsuit to find it.”I still can not find it, but I still have hope,” he says, laughing.
She points out that price is always important, but the desire to “go against the grain” and to “help local commerce” is another reason to “fall in love” with style.”I think it’s become a fashion, but in a good way.It’s never a bad thing to know how to reuse and buy second-hand clothes. “Watching the documentary “The True Cost” was another reason that led Ana to acquire “a greater social conscience” and “reject consumerism.”
Clothes with stories sewn inside
With the Clérigos Tower next to it and the tuk-tuk parked in a thrilling waiting for tourists, we find the “Ornitorrinco” (Rua da Assunção, No. 7), about to turn six.The manager of the establishment is Daniela Pinto, 27, graduated in Landscape Architecture, but in whom emerged the desire to explore new horizons.
There you will find period clothes and big brands, adorned with distinctive patterns and a quality cut.Prices range from one euro to coats that can cost 35. As the name itself puts it, “it’s a very eclectic shop,” the owner explains.”We never have equal parts and each of them has its history,” he adds.
The public is very heterogeneous and from different social classes. Men’s clients are more concerned with sweatshirts and sports coats;The women, in turn, are looking for blouses and dresses from other times.The main “hunters of these precious things” are people between the ages of 20 and 35, and they do it for the most varied reasons.
“A client once explained to me that she was buying from an environmental point of view.I did not want to spend money on clothes that would have to be manufactured, “says Daniela Pinto.Business has been going well and growing.”People in Portugal adhere more and tourism is also facilitating,” says the manager.”It’s a tricky habit.At first it was a bit strange.Some people came in and got a little annoyed at being second-hand products.Not now.It has already become fashionable, “says the young entrepreneur.
These three examples are only a small sample because many other second-hand clothing stores are oriented towards a vintage style and are creating a solid stylistic root in the city of Porto.
Also initiatives like the Flea Market, a monthly fair of used products, have been an important impulse to sediment the propensity of the public of a city where modernity and classicism go hand in hand to dress again what often seems old.
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