Come September, UK retailer Asos.com will debut a spankin' new US shopping site — just for us Americans! The existing site currently offers shipping to the US, but not without the usual hassles of purchasing things overseas such as difficult returns and sizing issues. Nick Robertson, founder and CEO of Asos, states, "The new site will have prices in dollars, different vocabulary and a locally relevant homepage." The online retailer also plans on opening a US-based logistics facility, which will undoubtedly help with quicker returns and customer service issues. In case you haven't noticed, we're quickly falling in lust with its hip offerings and couldn't be more excited!
With the sun shining strong, it's vital to find a new bathing suit — how about two or three? — to meet your warm-weather needs. That's where SwimSpot comes in. It stocks swimsuits from brands like Hurley, Ella Moss, Splended, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. This Hurley Pretty Tough Bandeau Bikini ($94) is freakin' adorable. But the best part is, it features a bikini builder, where you can mix and match bikini tops and bottoms, and take it to the beach just the way you like it. That's the way I like it!
Whether you're the nontraditional type or a classic gal, we suggest you peruse ManikaJewelry.com. This SF-based store stocks the crème de la crème of rings made in gold, silver, and even blackened steel (our fave). Even better, a majority of its designers use reclaimed — thus sustainable — metals to create their masterpieces. Manika's bridal rings section displays a wide arrangement, but don't forget to check out the regular rings for even more beautiful wonders.
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Alberta Ferretti has just launched a new online destination, and it's jam-packed with fashion goodies. In addition to debuting an online store for her namesake collection and Philosophy line, Alberta will be providing personal style advice to select customers. “I target contemporary women and I find it extremely interesting to be close to my customers, whom I love to advise and who are, for me, a very important source of inspiration,” said Ferretti.
So how exactly does she choose these "special" customers? After looking at data based on previous purchases, Alberta will contact her best customers, offer exclusive design previews, and suggest looks that fit the client’s style profile. Free fashion advice from Ferretti herself? It doesn't get any better than that.
If you're like me, you love to find great bargains via online sample sales. Now there's a one-stop shop thanks to MyNines.com, a free service that aggregates products from various sample sale sites. There are clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, as well as categories for men, travel, beauty, and wines. Currently my favorite brands are Filippa K, Zimmermann, Acne, and Mint. It's adding new sites each week, so be sure to check back regularly.
Lovers of all things basic, good news: Theory has added an ecommerce component to its site. Sweet! Now, you can go straight to the source for simple yet impeccably made basics. I'll definitely be shopping away, but I have a feeling I'll be spending more time in the section titled Insider Looks. Stylists like Andrea Lieberman and Dani Stahl have all taken their favorite Theory pieces and created what they think are the perfect outfits.
Nobody puts Baby in the corner. Meet The Corner.com. For any fashion maven seeking high-end, high-quality pieces, this is your spot. You can shop by corner — ACNE, Fendi, Marni, Rochas etc. — or by category. I prefer the sale corner. Prices aren't cheap by any means, but such stellar pieces are worth every dime.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are looking to highlight their first fashion baby: The Row. The design duo just launched TheRow.com and plan on presenting at New York Fashion Week next month for the first time. The site is minimal, as to be expected, complementing the line's clean lines and luxury approach. You can find the newly launched eyewear collection, as well as menswear and Spring/Summer and Pre-Fall womenswear — Pre-Fall is looking very smart, very chic. Soon enough you'll be able to shop the site, in the meantime, peruse the latest The Row.
Fab favorite Matthew Williamson has joined the flock of designers taking it to the web. His collection and shopping site is up and running, sure to brighten your mood or make you crave a vacation. His vivid and exotic pieces are ready for viewing and buying. You can "become a friend" of Matthew Williamson and sign up to receive first looks at the latest collections and exclusive offers — I signed up; we're friends now. You can shop by look, which is fun, but at the end of the trip, my favorite thing is just sitting back and drowning in Williamson's whimsical world.
It's been some time since I touched on vintage shopping. Here's a new cool site to peruse; Mother's Daughter, a new San Francisco-based online vintage shop that specializes in hand-picked items ranging from the early 1900s to the early '90s. There's some unique stuff to be had — frocks, coats, shoes, tops — and prices aren't bad either. Also check out its blog to follow owner Hayden Shiebler's vintage thoughts.