20/10/2014 16:22 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

​My Vintage Wardrobe: Claudia Raba, Owner Of Storm In A Teacup

She may not even consider her style "vintage," but model and vintage shop owner Claudia Raba's enviable collection of 90s-era archive pieces from designer labels – and the effortless way she puts her outfits together – has got us taking notes. Jen Barton gets inspired...

Storm In A Teacup

German-born, London-based Claudia Raba loves to trawl the globe in search of gorgeous fashion treasures, which led to the opening of her and stylist boyfriend Joe Miller's gem of a Kingsland Road boutique, Storm In A Teacup.

Storm In A Teacup

Like Claudia's eclectic personal collection, the shop has an amazing selection of meticulously hand-picked men's and women's fashions from labels including Comme des Garçons – Claudia's favourite – Maison Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Rick Owens and so much more. Claudia's androgynous, strong style – button-downs, fluid dresses, colourful knitwear, tailored skirts and trousers and flat leather shoes – is simple, chic and totally irresistible...

Storm In A Teacup

What got you interested in vintage?
I have had an interest in clothes since I was a little girl. It was difficult growing up in a small village in Bavaria finding interesting things to wear so I would love to trawl the flea markets looking for my treasure. My wardrobe grew exponentially once I started to work as a model, introducing me to loads of exciting new designers in Paris, New York and London...

Storm In A Teacup

Which vintage eras and icons are your favourites?
I am fairly open to inspirations from all eras and possibly my style icon would be Katharine Hepburn.

Any wardrobe essentials for styling vintage?

I have loads of what some of my friends call 'boyfriend shoes' - basically flat, well-made leather shoes. I only tend to wear heels for modelling or occasionally on a night out.

Where do you find most of your vintage clothes for your personal collection?
There is no particular place I would search for new pieces. It's almost as though they find me.

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What do you need to watch out for when buying vintage? What are your top vintage shopping tips?
Watch out for good-quality fabrics - they always draw me in. Sometimes there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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