About us

Mero Retro Spring window

Vintage, Fairtrade & Handmade with an eastern twist

Hello we're Mero Retro, a vintage boutique in Dalston, east London. We stock a unique blend of quality hand-picked vintage, Fairtrade and handmade fashion items, including beautiful vintage Japanese kimonos; lines of vintage womenswear, menswear and accessories; handmade Nepalese garments and Fairtrade handicrafts as well as our own line of Fairtrade organic cotton t-shirts.

What's in a name?

Mero ['mare-o'] means 'my' in Nepalese - the shared language of our founders, Sanju Tamang and Ro Rai, who hail from Bhutan and Nepal respectively. So Mero Retro means simply 'my retro': our personal take on vintage and retro style, with an eastern twist. Our mission is to bring you a unique selection of quality vintage clothing and accessories; Fairtrade and retro-inspired treasures, seasoned with a little Asian flavour.


 
  • Our lovely customers Hollie, Josh, Rebecca, David & Florence in their beautiful vintage kimonos
  • Beautiful Kirsty, Amy, Jane, Eva, Bianca and Hiba dressed in their finest Mero Retro vintage: Versace trousers, 90s dungaress, floral cotton dress, sequinned boob tube & pleated chiffon skirt, boho dress & Japanese vintage top & vintage Italian leather ankle boots

Among our vintage pieces, you'll find every type of garment and accessory: gorgeous designer pieces, skirts, shirts, sunnies; denim, dresses, dungarees; coats, jackets, jumpsuits; bags, boots, hats, heels... and much more.

We pride ourselves in providing our customers with quality, hand-picked items at very affordable prices and we love getting to know each individual's unique style. We also provide personal shopping and alterations services so our customers get exactly what they're looking for and a great fit every time.


 
  • Reece, Mateo, Nate and George posing in their vintage and Fairtrade fashion finds: Levis white denim jacket, Fairtrade Nepali cotton granddad shirt, floral cotton shirt & deadstock vintage sunglasses
  • Emma, Dox, Luke & Hannah in our Fairtrade, organic cotton Samurai Sunset and Warrior Geisha t-shirts
  • Happy Vicente, Nicky & Jaime show off their vintage sukajan jackets

About this site

Here on meroretro.com you'll find a small, but ever-growing, selection from our Dalston shop. Every week we list fresh vintage, Fairtrade and retro-inspired goodies for your perusal.

So it's worth checking back regularly to catch the latest additions. We also showcase items on our Etsy shop and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

 Mero Retro shop sign at sunset

 


Our ethos

We believe that beautiful clothes, accessories and handicrafts goods shouldn't cost the Earth - in every sense - and that by buying good quality items you can, and should, buy less. We're passionate about vintage and sustainable fashion and believe that they offer a positive alternative to the waste and harm caused by the fast fashion industry.

All of our high quality, pre-loved items still have a lifetime of use in them and our Fairtrade items, such as our t-shirts and Nepali handicrafts, come from certified Fairtrade suppliers or directly from artisans, small scale co-operatives and businesses. We're committed to making a positive social contribution through our business, by supporting local community projects here in east London and through our fund-raising projects for Nepalese community empowerment and Earthquake recovery charities.


 Ro Rai and Sanju Tamang - owners of Mero Retro

Sizing Chart

Please use the size charts below to help you determine your size. As sizing and cut can vary greatly between brands, use the charts as a general guide to compare sizes and the measurements for listed item to ensure a good fit. If you need assistance selecting the right size, please contact us at info@meroretro.com or +44 (0) 207 6866807.

Women's Clothing Size Conversion  (source: Wikipedia)

UK 8 10 12 14 16
USA 6 8 10 12 14
Europe 36 38 40 42 44
Japanese 9 11 13 15 17
Bust 34" 36" 38" 40" 42"
Waist 26" 28" 30" 32" 34"
Hip 37" 39" 41" 43" 45"

 

Shoe Size Conversion

 

UK Sizing US Sizing AUS Sizing Europe Sizing
2.5 5 3.5 35
3 5.5 4 35.5
3.5 6 4.5 36
4 6.5 5 36.5
4.5 7 5.5 37
5 7.5 6 37.5
5.5 8 6.5 38
6 8.5 7 39.5
6.5 9 7.5 40
7 9.5 8 40.5
7.5 10 8.5 41
8 10.5 9 41.5
8.5 11 9.5 42

 

Vintage Sizing and Measurements

Vintage sizing and modern sizing can be very different. Because of this, we provide detailed measurements of all vintage clothing to help you determine whether or not a garment will fit correctly. An assessment of the estimated modern size will be noted, as well as any sizes on the tag, but please refer to measurements to best determine fit.

A good way to determine fit:

* Find a similar item in your wardrobe.
* Measure it according to our measurement guidelines.
* Compare your measurements to those of the vintage item you are interested in.
* You're done. If it's a good fit, make it yours!

We do occasionally pin clothing to fit our models, so please read all measurements carefully. We do not accept returns for vintage merchandise that does not fit. If you have any questions about our sizing/measurements, please contact us at info@meroretro.com.

Measurement Guidelines

All bust, waist, and hip measurements are taken straight across while garment is laid flat. Please double bust, waist, and hip measurements.

Clothing

 

Shoulders Shoulder seam to shoulder seam
Bust Armpit to armpit, and sometimes stretched for strapless or form-fitting pieces
Waist Measured at the smallest part of the waist
Hip Measured at the largest part of the hip, straight across
Sleeves Shoulder seam to cuff; for dolman sleeves, measured from collar
Length Top of garment, from shoulder seam to hem
Rise Taken from crotch seam to top of garment
Inseam Taken from crotch seam to ankle
Swing Taken across bottom hem of garment, then doubled

 

Shoes

 

Length Sole of shoe, from toe to heel, measured on the bottom of the sole
Width Measured at widest part of the sole of the shoe, typically at ball of foot
Height From bottom of shoes (including heels) to top
Heel Taken at the very back of shoe, from floor to top of heel