When you buy a piece of vintage clothing you’re not just buying the fabric and thread – you’re buying a piece of someone’s past.” ― Isabel Wolff, A Vintage Affair

Housed in a double-story villa on Jumeirah Beach Road, Garderbobe carries pre-loved designer clothes and accessories that have been sourced both locally and from around the world.

As you push open the door, you will be instantly drawn in by the rustic and cozy feel of the main hall, unlike the mall shopping experience of stark and sterile, this room echoes the style of a ladies parlor reminiscent of a Jane Austen novel.

Decorated elegantly with rich velvet couches and a coffee table, there are racks of clothing lined up against the walls, shelves overflowing with designer handbags and cabinets full of jewelry. The walls are adorned with glamorous photographs of the iconic movie starts from the past decades. The staircase leading to the rooms above are lined with shoes all the way up.

The coffee table is littered with magazines, trays full of sunglasses, silk scarves and fresh flowers. A fancy mirror against the wall is adorned with handbags and necklaces. The soft background music is usually drowned under the excited chatter of women.

A set of Bottega travel bags in the corner are definitely the types of treasures the vintage collectors search for. The mannequins placed discreetly around the room are always dressed in the more coveted pieces that sell out fast-the lace and fringe Dolce and Gabbana dress perfect for a romantic night out or the trendy Oscar del a Renta blouse.

The several racks of clothing are overflowing with a range of clothes in different sizes. Between the dry-cleaned bright Pucci dresses and printed Diane Von Furstenburg wrap tops you will also find some new and barely used items.

Rummage through the variety of handbags and you will see the timeless Jackie O inspired Gucci handbag to the more edgy colorful Balenciaga city bags. The precious Chanel handbags proudly sit on a chest of drawers at the opposite end of the room.

You will be tempted to try on the jewelry if you love to accessorize your outfits; from the typically girly brooches that are now back in fashion to the classic Chanel pearls, there are all sorts of different items cluttering the cabinets.

Shoes that include booties, flats and stilettoes are scattered all over the store. You can find a mix of seasonal and classic collections including glamorous Jimmy Choos to fun Miu Miu wedges. The challenge of course is to find the right size in the designs you love.


Fashion today is all about individuality and pushing your own boundaries by mixing old with new, retro with chic and edgy with glamorous. A store that pays homage to design and fashion from the past decades, Garderobe is where you can hunt for rare and exclusive pieces and build up a wardrobe that is unique and trendy.

Garderobe is located on Jumeriah Beach Road, Dubai in the UAE. For more information, check out their website or call +9714-3942753

Image Credits: Garderobe and Saira Malik.

 -Saira Malik
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