Bonnie Jun has been a vintage shopper since she was in junior high. Her love for vintage and “anything that brings a nostalgic attachment” eventually lead her to sell vintage apparel online and later open a store in Long Beach. But the drive to Long Beach was a long one for Jun, who lives in Echo Park, and she wanted more than just an online shop. That’s how she ended up leasing a Sunset Boulevard storefront near Barragan’s Mexican restaurant for her new store: Bear Cat.
Yes, Jun concedes that there are plenty of other vintage shops nearby but she plans to stand out with a combination of afford-ably priced vintage and new apparel and accessories created by indie designers. “Not only do we carry ’60s-’80s vintage we try and incorporate all eras including the 90s at affordable prices,” Jun, whose store opened earlier this month.
In addition to vintage clothing for men and women, Bear Cat – a 1920s slang term used to describe a fiesty female – carries records and tapes that can be sampled on a music listening station. The store will also feature new clothing lines with a vintage twist.