It’s about being the boss of your life, owning your choices as much as you do your mistakes, and knowing that life starts at the end of your comfort zone. Founded in 2006, NastyGal.com launched as an eBay store selling an assortment of highly curated vintage pieces. The international style source now offers new and vintage pieces that are handpicked by the team.
Carrying hundreds of labels like Kate Spade New York, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Tigerlily, Shopbop is a one-stop-shop offering quality brands and authentic merchandise. The store is frequently featured in magazines like Vogue and Elle and offers exclusive designer items.
One of the biggest names in online fashion, ASOS has won countless awards from Cosmopolitan, Maxim and In Style. It’s based in London, but opened up shop in the US a few years ago, launching its website in 2010 and opening a New York office in 2012. The almost 100 million users that visited the site last year must be onto something.
Saks Fifth Avenue was the brainchild of Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel, who operated independent retail stores on New York’s 34th Street at Herald Square in the early 1900s. Their dream was to construct a unique specialty store that would become synonymous with fashionable, gracious living.
The combined financial input of these great merchant families led to the purchase of a site between 49th and 50th Streets on upper Fifth Avenue, then jointly occupied by the Democratic Club and the Buckingham Hotel. With the opening of its founders’ “dream store” on September 15, 1924, Saks Fifth Avenue became the first large retail operation to locate in what was then primarily a residential district. By offering the finest quality men’s and women’s fashions, as well as an extraordinary program of customer services, Saks Fifth Avenue has become the byword for taste and elegance.
Adding new styles to its stock daily, Boohoo is a go-to resource for affordable fashion online. It has been praised by Cosmopolitan and offers lots of options, from sportswear to formal and from petite to plus size.
It’s rare to go to a mall without finding one, but shopping at Forever 21 can be overwhelming when you realize every branch stocks ALL of the clothes, accessories and shoes.
Shoptiques.com is an innovative online retailer that allows customers to shop over 200 boutiques for one flat shipping rate. Shoptiques.com organizes its boutiques by neighbourhood, allowing consumers to “shop like a local”.
ModCloth.com’s “Be the Buyer” platform allows customers to be virtual members of ModCloth.com’s buying team and vote items from emerging designers into production via their ‘Pick It’ and ‘Skip It’ options.
After starting in Japan more than 30 years ago, Uniqlo has expanded to more than 1,300 stores across 15 countries. Its range is simple, yet chic, and often has celebrity-inspired and guest designer collections available.
Housing all things hipster-chic, Urban Outfitters carries a mish-mash of items from retro clothing and funny T-shirts to quirky homewares and trendy footwear. The Philadelphia-based chain also manages big names like Anthropologie and Free People.