When shopping the Haight make sure to take in the wonder of La Rosa Vintage. Though the space is compact, its walls are covered in clothing.
La Rosa offers vintage treasures from the 1920s-1960s all in prime condition. They have a wide selection of women’s clothing such as dresses, skirts, blouses, swimsuits and lingerie. The men’s section is somewhat smaller, but shoppers are guaranteed to find a bitchin’ Hawaiian shirt. If you can take your eyes off of the gowns, prepare to be dazzled by the antique jewelry glimmering in the cases near the register.
The manager, Oran Scott, has worked at La Rose for 10 years since he moved to San Francisco from Sacramento, California. Scott is quick to pick out an entire wardrobe for any customer and he will always hand more dresses into the fitting room. He also does most of the buying for the store from individual sellers and clothing dealers.
Scott appreciates the nostalgia, quality and uniqueness of vintage clothing. He enjoys the hunt for good vintage clothing and jewelry at the buying counter, but the rest of La Rosa’s inventory comes from the Retrocity warehouse.
“I love pop culture from any period, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s… The music and clothing was cutting edge for it’s time, and it still is,” said Scott when asked about his personal style. Scott has always been inclined to vintage clothing because of his parents, “My mom wore vintage in the 1970s because she didn’t like polyester. She would shop in old lady thrift stores and buy ’50s and ’60s dresses.”