Bear Cat joins Echo Park’s crowded vintage shopping scene

Photo Courtesy Bear Cat

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.


  1. This storefront was a thrift (perhaps not “vintage”) shop a few months back that closed down soon after it opened. Curious as to what was going to make the new incarnation different, I stopped in to check out the goods. I was drawn to a cool Journey T-shirt hanging on a rack in the middle of the room. Sticker shock: $120.00! Did I read that wrong? I left.

    The vintage/thrift clothing shop next to Sancho gallery across the street has an impressive selection, the owner is super friendly and the prices are way more neighborhood friendly.

    Oh yeah, there’s also another vintage clothing shop with a sign advertising $10 or less clothing that just opened up by the Short Stop in a storefront that was an art gallery for a few months. I bought my lady a dress there for $7 that she got a ton of compliments on. Hmm. The math: 1 T-shirt = 17 dresses. Don’t stop believing!

  2. I love the new spot by the Short Stop- In fact I stopped in twice in one week after discovering it! It seems like they are always putting out new product. The owner, her mom and an adorable dog are usually there and are super friendly. The prices are incredibly reasonable- it’s true that nothing is over $10. I got an incredible long vintage dress with embroidery for only $5! I should keep this gem a secret, but I really hope they do well and stick around. It’s so rare to find good quality, affordable vintage in L.A.

  3. I too have to vouch for the coolness of the vintage store next to the Short Stop. I live up the street and wandered in with my friend and ended up leaving with new sunglasses that are my favorites! What is this place called though?

  4. The place is called Hutch and is owned by my friend Natalie. She has a terrific eye and keeps things very well priced. She also has vintage furniture, knicknacks and vintage eyeglass frames (ten bucks!). She is always buy new stuff, so I urge you to stop in frequently and tell your friends! They will also be selling handprinted tee’s, pillows and artwork. Grand opening soon–I will keep The Eastsider posted!

  5. Was totally stoked to hear that bear cat was finally in the neighborhood. They carry an eclectic variety of indie designer and affordable vintage. I just bought this super cute vintage dress for 14. They also have this Adorable vintage inspired line called ingenue collection. So cute. Love everything about this store!

  6. After reading the first comment left by Lambskins I decided to check out Bear Cat for myself. And I must say it’s not as described by Lambskins. I found that most of the mens vintage was super affordable, band tees for $16, navajo print button ups for $24. I don’t see those prices as shocking but comparable to other local shops. The womens selection is pretty cheap too… they have dresses for like $8. I spoke with one of the owners and he explained that there are a few vendors within the shop, and it gives the store a very eclectic selection. Overall the staff was friendly, the vibe is cool and not pretentious like other vintage shops in the hood. I bought a cool 1980s Surfer Shirt and some mexican sandals for a total of $32 just in time for summer. I’d recommend this shop for guys on a budget and girls with style.

  7. I stopped in for the first time this Sunday, and this store is rad! They are way friendly and approachable, not like a lot of vintage shops on Sunset, and the stuff is for the most part really affordable. Super cute dresses for like $10.

    The most unique part to me was the music – the selection can’t be beat – full of “bear cat” lady artists and perfectly curated jams from all eras and little notes from the shop owner of what’s a “desert island” record and what’s local. It’s so cool you can listen right there – which is perfect for me as I’d rather look at records while my friends shop for threads. Love the sign too (you can see it above). I’ll be back!

  8. I like the place by shortstop better too. This place is way too overpriced and the stuff isnt that great.

  9. I love the place. The owner seems to really have a passion for everything vintage and also have a extentive 90’s vintage collection. She took the time to talk to me and answer any questions I might have regarding her vintage collection. I’m on a budget and alot of times, I’ll try on things but I’m not able to purchase till I got my paycheck. The ladies that work there knew that I couldn’t purchase and was more window shopping till I received my paycheck and still made me feel totally welcome. I feel like a lot other stores in the area were not as helpful or welcoming, when they learn I couldn’t purchase that day. I don’t know what others are talking about, when they say Bear Cat has high prices, I’m on a total budget and found the shop more affordable then most of the other vintage stores in the area. Are we talking about the same store. Maybe some of the commentators are getting mixed up with another vintage store. I’ve bought a whole outfit – jacket, top, skirt shoes and even jewelry for under $50. I’m now a royal customer to Bear Cat, even with a lot of vintage stores in the area, I found that they are a fresh breath of air and a great addition to the neighborhood. I will be shopping there often.

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