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BACKSTAGE / August 22 2011 10:11 AM

Luxury Lands In Montreal: Shop SSENSE

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Luxury Lands In Montreal: Shop SSENSE

If you haven’t heard of SSENSE.com by now, my friends you are in for a treat (the stylish kind, not the caloric kind).  SSENSE is a killer online luxury retailer with just one brick-and-mortar shop located on a beautiful cobblestoned street in Old Montreal.  The site has been a major influence in online luxury retail since 2003, with over 10 million visitors monthly  and over 400,000 visitors per day.

 

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FASHION, GIRLS, NYC, STREETSTYLE, TRENDS / April 11 2011 8:52 AM

Boutique Critique:: AvaMaria: Look 1

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AvaMaria is tucked away along the cobblestones of Crosby St just So. of Ho. Inside you’ll find a load of Louboutins and Choos and DVF wraps next to relative unknowns that will soon circulate your wardrobe. Store owner, and former professional ballroom dancer, Katherine Virketiene’s buying philosophy lies in that when you buy something one season, you’re going to have it forever. Therefore, she doesn’t always scramble to get the very newest in Ava Maria, much of her energy goes to finding the best never-before-worn pieces from recent seasons past, and sells them a discount.

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FASHION, GIRLS, MEN'S, NYC, TRENDS / March 30 2011 4:12 PM

Boutique Critique:: Court: Look 3

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There are infinite ways to wind up in Court, but you’ve got to be pretty smart to get out of there guilt-free. Thankfully store owners Lisa and Nicole have stocked the store with highly logical pieces. Including this multi-funktional five-way “skirt”, and a dress I bought from them a while back by Something Else that zips everywhere. Court is brimming with gems like these.

Now you have even more of a reason to go to Court: 15% off when you mention FashionIndie!

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FASHION, GIRLS, NYC / March 17 2011 8:57 AM

Boutique Critique:: Début: Look 4

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In a Début, where each brand is in its early stages of formation, is it possible for storeowner Lisa Weiss to have a designer wish list? “We always have a long list but in order to stay true to the concept and keep our installation as is ends up limiting us. The rotation helps by freeing up space and offering more space for new designers to gain exposure.” When they first opened, they had to scour the world for the best fresh collections; now new designers flock to Début. In such a transient place, one might begin to yearn for a place where we can follow these selected designers beyond the first few seasons. Enter e-commerce. Weiss is looking to launch a web store to bring back some of the alumni designers. I’ll sit tight for that grand Début.

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FASHION, GIRLS, NYC, STREETSTYLE / March 16 2011 9:07 AM

Boutique Critique:: Début: Look 3

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Début is the kind of shop where some jewelry hangs on hangers. Designers are making such radically new creations that owner Lisa Weiss must often come up with creative ways to display them. Those displays are ever changing because the average length of time she carries one designer is about three seasons. In order to maintain her store’s philosophy, she cannot get too loyal to one designer. She must live by the essence of if you love it, let it go… What comes back is the success the designers see upon graduating from Début, knowing where they kicked it all off.

Own a before-they-were-famous designer piece for 10% off! When you shop at Début, just mention FashionIndie.

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FASHION, GIRLS, NYC / March 15 2011 9:06 AM

Boutique Critique:: Début: Look 2

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Yesterday we launched the debut of Boutique Critique; a column in which I’ll be discovering a new gem of a shop each week, and introducing it to you one outfit at a time over the course of five days. We began most literally with a shop called Début. Founded by Lisa Weiss in 2007, it features brand new designers in the very first runs of their collections. One of the first collections the boutique ever acquired was a jewelry collection called Experiment 101 by Esha Soni. The line caught Weiss and her team’s eye and was a perfect fit to introduce the store’s concept. Now on Experiment 109, and no longer featured in Début, Soni seemed to have gotten the start she needed to continue a beautifully successful brand. With that, here is the second look of the week from Début.

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