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We adore Etsy here at Styleite. So much so that our EIC, Verena, has furnished an entire apartment with finds from the site. We don’t just love the idea of helping talented artists to keep doing what they’re doing, we (for totally selfish reasons) love what they’re selling. So we’ve compiled a gallery of some of the best stores Etsy has to offer, as well as a list of reasons to get your cute, budget-friendly things from them instead of a fast-fashion chain.
Get’em before they’re gone!
Online shopping habit? Yeah, us too. Here are a few of our favorite ecommerce sites you may not have heard of yet.
We’re big online shoppers (drunk or not), so we know a thing or two about e-commerce customer service. For one: Amazon is great.
Who out there hasn’t come home from a boozy dinner or post-work drinks and said, “Credit card bills be damned, that vintage taxidermied zebra head shall be mine!” (True story.) But truly, substitute vintage zebra taxidermy for “necklace” or “bag” or “black J.Brand skinny jeans” and you’d be hard-pressed to find an imbiber who hasn’t drunkenly hit buy. And now online retailers have picked up on this
totally obvious phenomenon and are starting to target our tipsy tendencies.
After all the crazy, leopard print outlandishness of the last collection she designed for H&M, Donatella Versace scaled back her designs for the Versace for H&M cruise collection.
Beleaguered retailer The Gap announced today that it would shut down nearly 200 of its stores in North America, a figure that represents just over one fifth of the retail doors it has open on the continent.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard of flash-sale sites like the Gilt Group and Rue La La, which allow savvy shoppers to score Miu Miu star-print shifts and Proenza Schouler tie-dye tees without breaking the bank. Unfortunately, those shifts and tees rarely come in any sizes above a 10. But now, with the advent of Clique to Know, the plus size population also has an opportunity to score cheap, coveted finds.
Online shopping is clearly having a moment. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen just announced that they’re launching a new e-commerce site, luxury high-fashion brands like Miu Miu are finally coming on board, and now a Swedish telecom company has created what might be the most interactive (and therefore terrifying?) online shopping experience we’ve ever seen.
We’re starting to get the idea that there’s nothing the Olsen twins can’t do in the world of fashion. Because just a few short years after carefully establishing a really successful fashion empire, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have announced they’re taking their show online. The twins announced today that they’re starting what is basically an Internet-based fashion of-the-month-club that will give its users a customizable shopping experience.
It’s almost here. The moment you (okay, those of you who got an invite) have all been waiting for. The much-anticipated launch of Moda Operandi, the exclusive runway shopping site from Vogue‘s Lauren Santo Domingo and CEO Aslaug Magnusdottir (former head of merchandising at Gilt Noir), is just around the corner.
We here at Styleite love to shop (evidenced by, well, our tireless gift guides), but when we’re in serious yes-I-am-going-to-make-a-purchase mode, we either can’t flag down a salesperson to help us or we want to find our new merch by ourselves. A new survey by retail consulting firm Accenture suggests that most shoppers who have smartphones don’t want to talk to salespeople at all, instead preferring to use their iPhones or BlackBerries to find information a salesperson could easily recite.
There’s a story in The New York Times suggesting that online modeling (and, kinda by extension, online anything else) is a horse of a completely different color than modeling for catalogs or the runway. We actually think the horses are pretty similar, but we’ll bite. So what is it that makes web modeling so new and different? Apparently, it’s that models have to make people want to buy clothes they can’t put their hands on. Which is, of course, the most novel concept ever.
Happy Cyber Monday, everybody! Chances are if you’re online today, it’s probably because you’re trying to buy a gift for someone (or maybe one for yourself!). The National Retail Foundation anticipates that online holiday shopping will increase about 10 percent this year, with over 100 million people pointing and clicking to their holiday heart’s content. Wanna get in on the fun? Check out the roster of online sales, savings and deals below.
tThe Internet froth over Google‘s fashion site Boutiques.com may have forced the company to launch the site earlier than expected, and that might have caused Google’s engineers to overlook a few minor flaws. While most people have praised the site (we totally love it and already have an account there), it’s not without its problems.
By virtue of being literally surrounded by shoes all day, we kinda think that Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has the coolest job in the world. And you’d think, with the vast number of kicks that come into and go out of his warehouses all the time, he could easily support a fairly unhealthy sneakerhead habit. But you’d be wrong.
Last week, we here at Styleite got an invitation to a party Google is hosting. The invite quite proudly proclaims that on Nov. 17, high tech will fuse with high fashion, and when we first saw the invite we couldn’t help but think that Google is trying to get in on some of that eBay Fashion money.
At this point, anything American Apparel can do to make money, it probably should do. But that motivation doesn’t really explain the new site-to-store reservation system the financially beleaguered company is implementing in November.
French Connection had the bright idea to connect style advice videos to the point of sale. The result is their YouTube Boutique, or Youtique, which is probably the best portmanteau we’ll hear all day.