5 Alternative To Fast Fashion Stores to Shop

alternative shops

In lieu of last week’s post on being a more sustainable shopper, I decided to also focus on where you can shop. Because it can be hard to find cool boutiques to browse around when there’s a Zara or an H&M in every corner. These are stores I’ve been looking at for some basic pieces this fall and upcoming winter.

Also, a few weeks ago, I posted on my Insta Stories a quote that went something like vintage and sustainability are the most important subjects for fashion in the next 10 to 15 years. It was on Self Service Magazine and it struck a cord. As you might’ve realized, I’ve been on the bandwagon of wanting to do more. Which already seems too late, but better than never. It’s easy to fall back on the fast fashion track and not think about the issues. But it’s also fairly simple to pick up your computer, phone, and research the ass out of it. Or as simple as getting up, walking around the village and looking for the best alternative stores to shop.

Fashion is in the midst of a very important transformation since the industrial revolution. We’re no longer fighting for women’s rights to wear jeans. But for fashion to be a fair system on all levels. A lot of great alternatives are popping up, and not only second hand stores. I know some people feel like they don’t like to shop second hand. This will hopefully become the norm, and not just a fading trend.

Lisa Says Gah

I found this curated online shop sometime last year, while looking for this Solid and Striped swimsuit. Ever since then, browsing the Lisa Says Gah website has been a weekly musing. Theirs is actually one of the few newsletters I kept after the whole GDPR debacle. I also found this video when it was released, which looks into the world of how the pieces are chosen for the shop. And I’ve come to appreciate grandly the work that’s put into finding new brands, artists and overall creators.

The Frankie Shop

You’ve seen me peruse a few things bought at the Frankie Shop (like this shirt and this one). The latest being the double sweater, Frankie is also an ultimate curated shop, with their own pieces and other brands. Luckily, if you live in New York, you don’t just have to stick with the website. There’s a cute little Frankie Shop store in the Lower East Side. If you do decide to stop by, make sure to grab a coffee at El Rey and a bagel at Russ and Daughter’s.


Bird is a premiere fashion destination. Another sorted brand store where you can find a multitude of options, both for women and man. I got this Proenza Schouler t-shirt on sale! And the great thing about these stores is that, you can find a whole other set of items, besides clothing. There’s always jewelry, bags, hair accessories, socks, scarves. And you can find out about local artists and crafts.


I’ve never actually shopped at Duo, but I’ve been to the store several times. It’s a great place to find second hand items that you wouldn’t otherwise. The first time I stepped into the store, there was a vintage Chanel padded coat (similar to this one), a pair of great Levi’s wedgie jeans and some great slides on display. The store is small and cozy, but has a great vibe. And the manager was always extremely nice and welcoming.

Shop the Break

In a very short amount of time, I’ve shopped at Shop the Break three times. It’s a vintage and second hand store with a very curated selection of neutral items. Fortunately, there’s a store in the Greenpoint district of Brooklyn, which makes it a go-to after grabbing a coffee at my favorite spot: Maman. Just last week, they posted several items to their Instagram Stories, and I immediately bought a silk shirt.

Do you have any alternative shops you usually go to? I’d love to know!