People often expect vintage stores to fall in line with a certain bohemian decor, but Mao Esquerda is a new shop in Porto, Portugal, that defies those expectations. The store has a distinctly modern, contemporary aesthetic that would look equally appropriate in a luxury boutique.
Part of what makes Mao Esquerda's highbrow, minimalist appearance fitting for something like a vintage store is its size. The store, which occupies the front of a larger apartment complex, is just 19 square meters, leaving only space for the most carefully curated vintage pieces. In light of that curation, the idea of an upscale boutique feels in line with what is often otherwise considered a thrifty method of shopping for clothes.