Fashion-obsessive confession: when traveling in a faraway land, a day of “sightseeing” is pretty much always girl code for “shopping trip” — we can’t help but feel that one of the best ways to get fully immersed in a foreign culture is by way of retail.
And for those whose summer schedule doesn’t include an international jaunt, these 10 e-commerce destinations – based in France, Poland and Spain among others with U.S. shipping options at the ready — are just as good as an in-person visit, without the added cost of air-travel. Your closet (and wallet) will thank you.
Valery Demure turns to watercolor illustrations in lieu of the standard issue model shot to show off a curated assortment of wearable masterpieces (vintage and contemporary jewels, quirky eyewear, modern millinery). The London-based firm also offers representation and support to up-and-comers in the accessories world.
In the realm of online shopping, few addresses embody their brick-and-mortar counterparts quite like magnoliaantic.es. Though you won’t find the breathtaking assortment of antiques and home decor offerings online, the collection of beautifully tailored silk separates paints a very accurate picture.
Short for Late Night Chameleon Café, LN-CC’s by appointment only freestanding location is more of an interactive gallery space than shop, featuring a variety of exhibits, performances and a curated assortment of design-y apparel (think ACNE, Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto). But don’t book your trip across the pond just yet: the space is closed for renovations all summer, but luckily, the online shop is open 24/7.
Thisispaper’s virtual storefront is a study in thoughtful minimalism and craftsmanship. Whether it’s a wooden soup ladle, hand-knit booties for the whole fam or the signature rucksacks – each one is made to order by hand in their Warsaw studio -- you can be sure your purchase has a story to tell.
30 years into its existence and Canadian-born Aritzia is still knocking it out of the park with thoughtful assortments of fashion favorites and under-the radar newbies like Paradise Mine and Sunday Best. Though plenty of freestanding locations have opened stateside, we still prefer to peruse the virtual shelves (shipping is free if you drop over $100).
Trend-driven (no lack of sheer panels and strategically-placed cutouts here) and refreshingly budget-friendly, this Aussie shop is pure fun. But don’t write it off as just another pretty face: Esther pledges $1 from every sale to one of three charities and gives customers the option to up their donation at checkout. Shopping for a cause never looked so good.