This Dubai-based designer vintage connoisseur is revealing her top tips for sourcing the best labels

Something old can be something new, as Felwa AlHudaithy, Freelance Fashion Editor and Content Creator reveals
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This Dubai-based designer vintage connoisseur is revealing her top tips for sourcing the best labels

As a Freelance Fashion Editor and Content Creator, it's Felwa AlHudaithy's job to be up-to-date on the latest catwalk trends.

But as she tells Grazia, her real passion is vintage clothing, and in recent years she's become quite the vonnoisseur when it comes to sourcing some of the most coveted designer labels. 

Her attitude to shopping changed when she became fed up with the high street and wanted to shop more ethically. "My friend Carmen Haid introduced me to vintage shopping. She used to have the most amazing curated online shop that elevated my closet in a matter of weeks. I bought YSL silk shirts, a black Chanel tweed jacket and a couple of amazing clutches from the ’70s," she explains. 

Felwa AlHudaithy, Freelance Fashion Editor & Content Creator

"As I entered the vintage world, I fell in love with both the romance of past eras and clothes that are finished to perfection – I’ve never looked back. My most prized piece is a couture Chanel dress from circa 1981 that I wore last New Year’s Eve; it was magical and made my whole 2018! This season, I’m all about Versace, Versace, Versace. I’ve already bought a couple of printed silk shirts that can be styled with some Levi’s 501 jeans for that ’90s look. I’m also always on the lookout for Ossie Clark dresses. They look super flattering and make me feel like a real woman. If I’m ever not buying vintage, it’s shoes and It-items. This year, I bought two pairs of Amina Muaddi shoes because I haven’t seen anything like them before!”

Now her go-to vintage stores include Rellik, Found And Vision, and Beyond Retro, in London. In Paris she always visits Kiliwatch, while in Dubai she loves Garderobe. Online she tends to shop on Farfetch, The Real Real, and 1st dibs.

Her top insider tip? “Know your brands, educate yourself, get a good idea of the trends you want to shop before you hit the stores, and lastly, have fun!”

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