Nestled in mid-San Francisco is the neighborhood of Haight Ashbury: playground for psychedelia-seekers and stage for some the the best bands who ever lived. The cafe and boutique-lined streets still evoke the feelings of the 1970’s today. But real artifacts from decades past can’t be found in the heady shops or with the guitar-pluckers crowning every street corner, but from vintage shops.
Behold Wasteland: perhaps the best secondhand store in all of antiquity. Their warehouse is filled to the brim with vintage offerings, but their website features new items from Motel, Finders Keepers, Insight, BB Dakota, and Jeffrey Campbell as well as top-stitch designers such as Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood. Among my favorite in-store findings were a vintage Morrissey t-shirt, a Billy Joel t-shirt with concert dates in Hebrew, and a faded sunflower cropped denim vest.
Fortunately, Philadelphians don’t have to go as far as the West Coast to create the Haight Ashbury look. Named after the unique neighborhood, local brand Haight Ashbury offers vintage-inspired t-shirts and ready-to-wear items for anyone who desires to express their love of music, nature and originality. Browse their bold selections here, and gain some Haight Ashbury inspiration from their dreamy tumblr.
Or, become inspired by the neighborhood itself looking at some photos below…
By Marissa Oswald