Vintage Shopping in Louisville, Kentucky

You know that road you find in the coolest smaller cities which has the pulsing coffee shop, indie bookstore, and stellar vintage? The place where you can find your peeps? I love Louisville, Kentucky not only because it features great friends and terrific cycling options but because it’s where I find said bounty on both Frankfort Ave and the more fully tricked out Bardstown Road area. Both feature most excellent coffee at Heine Bros (check out this sustainable company’s Coffee 101), and books at Carmichael Bookstores.

Nitty Gritty Vintage, just off Bardstown Road, features one of the best men’s vintage selections I’ve ever seen. Two well-organized rooms are brimming over with formal wear, hats, and casual. My purchase was a pale blue, paisley, polyester tux jacket which I’ll when I pair it with a pair of distressed Diesel jeans and a black turtleneck.

If you are the type that can pull of these circa 1940, make a road trip to grab ’em quick for $25.

Frankfort Avenue features one of those rare finds — a consignment store devoted to clothing for men and boys. At Evolve, dapperQ’s will find themselves welcomed with open arms. I found a soft red Paisley shirt in extra small and pined for but resisted an Etro just a bit too large.

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    • Holy crap. I’ve lived in Louisville for 14 years and I didn’t know about these places. (That’s what I get for feeling twitchy about driving in the Highlands!) Clearly I need to get my ass over there.

      Louisville’s also got a nice dapperQ-friendly tailor with London Custom Tailors. I’ve been in there twice to get men’s suits altered to fit me, and he’s never so much as looked mildly confused at a 5’3″ college-age girl wanting 3-piece suits tailored. Does great work, too.

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