Flamingo Vintage Brings a Touch of Nostalgia to 6th St Retail Scene in Downtown LA

Flamingo Vintage brings hand-selected, high-quality vintage pieces for both men and women to the Historic Core in Downtown LA (Photo: Brigham Yen)

Flamingo Vintage brings hand-selected, high-quality vintage pieces for both men and women to the Historic Core in Downtown LA (Photo: Brigham Yen)

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.

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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

Flamingo Vintage brings a touch of nostalgia back to Downtown LA retail scene

Flamingo Vintage brings a touch of nostalgia back to Downtown LA retail scene

A sign saved from their previous pop-up shop on West 3rd Street

A sign saved from their previous pop-up shop on West 3rd Street

Store entrance greeted by this "hair salon" scene

Hair salon display greets customers by store entrance

Vintage clothing for women

Vintage clothing for women

Flamingo Vintage Now Open in Downtown LA

Jack Feit New York label

Vintage clothing for men

Vintage clothing for men

Shoes and hats

Shoes and hats

More shoes, hats, and other vintage inspired pieces

More shoes, hats, and other vintage inspired items

A shelf of vintage boxes, hats, and bags

A shelf of vintage boxes, glassware, hats, and bags

Close up of hats

Close up of hats

Flamingo Vintage Now Open in Downtown LA

Candice Molayen’s own paintings adorn store walls

Downtown LA ever-evolving retail scene continues to look up

The ever-evolving Downtown LA retail scene continues to look up

4 responses to “Flamingo Vintage Brings a Touch of Nostalgia to 6th St Retail Scene in Downtown LA

  1. Great for the Hipsters in the area.

  2. loved this! great job brigham!

  3. Very colorful and super cool vintage shop! My friend Annette will definitely love this place.

  4. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! We love flamingo Vintage!!!!!!!!!!!!

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