With American Thanksgiving not far off — two days, to be precise — and Black Friday immediately following, shopping is yet again of the highest relevance. Black Friday can simultaneously be one of the best and worst days of the year: the gorgeous promotions on offer at various New York shopping meccas like Saks and Barneys are world-famous, but so are the endless queues and vicious buyers… and quite frankly I no longer desire to fight over fashion.
Enter the web. This year I will be doing all of my holiday shopping from the comfort of my own home, meticulously browsing some of my favorite discoveries in cyber retail.
CoutureLab.com, founded in 2006 by Carmen Busquets, undoubtedly has the most stylish edit of items on the web. Preferring to eschew the ubiquitous fashion brands for something more unique and hard to find such as Atelier Mayer vintage and Alexis Mabille, everything is ultra-luxe and complemented by an outstanding customer service. For collectibles and presents, sister site GiftLab.com is too divine for words and can really only be understood by experiencing it — but think along the lines of Fornasetti collectibles and Monocle stationery.
For a different shopping experience I tend to visit ModaOperandi.com which holds daily rotating online trunk shows where you can purchase items from designer collections even before they hit the stores. I’m keeping my eye on the upcoming Issa session this Friday. However, if I’m in need of a wider variety, Florence-based LuisaViaRoma.com has an astounding selection of designers for both men and women, from casual Y-3 to chic Saint Laurent.
Click away, my lovelies.
For more retail therapy, check out the latest issue of The Travel Curator, highlighting the best bazaars around the world.