In recent years, 6th Street between Spring and Main has become a hub of interesting independent retail within the Historic Core. Neighborhood mainstays such as Round2LA, Clade, and the recently relocated Buttons & Bows, have helped re-shape a once desolate stretch into a shopping destination offering a wide variety of merchandise for residents and visitors alike. Neighborhood newcomer, Flamingo Vintage, continues the trend of quality retail, offering a great mix of clothing and housewares from the 1940’s – 1980’s.
With its pink and teal walls and Googie-inspired signage, Flamingo Vintage is visually fun and instantly eye catching. Its selection of high quality merchandise reflects the style and sensibilities of store owners Candice Molayen and Karina Powers, who both developed a taste for nostalgia and an affinity for all things vintage while friends in high school.
“We love the quality of the material, the patterns, and the details of vintage pieces,” said Powers.
Neither Molayen nor powers are strangers to running a vintage shop. From April 20th through early May of this year, they ran a pop-up in a small gallery space on West 3rd Street and Sweetzer Avenue near The Grove. Encouraged by the response they received, they began considering another pop-up location in downtown when they stumbled upon the 6th Street space and opted for a permanent store.
“We love the street style of downtown and the way people dress here. I spend a lot of time in Berlin and downtown provides me with a little slice of it,” said Molayen.
Shoppers can expect to find a great collection of vintage women’s clothing in addition to lingerie and accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves and sunglasses. Prices range from $20 -$400 depending on the item. Although the merchandise selection is ever changing, it’s not uncommon to find vintage pieces from Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Vera and more. The men’s selection, while smaller than the women’s, offers a variety of ties, hats, jackets, shirts and pants by a range of current and period specific designers.
Flamingo Vintage is a great addition to the 6th street corridor and downtown’s constantly evolving retail scene. For those interested in vintage housewares, Molayen and Powers have assembled a nicely curated selection of classic kitchen electronics by Hamilton Beach and a mint condition Wedgwood Holly stove among other items.
For store hours and more info, check out Flamingo Vintage’s Facebook page.
All photos by Brigham Yen