10 Online Stores doing things Differently

Conor Pope has written this week in the Irish Times on the potential ‘ashopalyse’ looming thanks to online competitors. I was happy to share my two cents on why I love online shopping and what retailers need to do to stay in the game.  There are plenty of examples of retailers successfully innovating in the…

Trending: H&M partners with Luxury Brand Kenzo and instantly Sells Out

Over the last few years bargain megabrand H&M have made a number of strategic partnerships with luxury names. Most notably perhaps was the Balmain partnership this time last year. A number of people put the phenomenal success down to the ‘kardashian’ effect – as they had used Kendall Jenner as the famous face to front the…

This is Not Just any Marketing Rant, this, is an M&S Rant

Let’s stop for a moment and think about a lovely establishment that even the Irish adore in all it’s middle-class bunting and Britishness, M&S. Don’t worry, I’ll give you a moment… What’s the first thing that came to mind? Warm treacle toffee on piping hot puds? Two for one deals on your favourite spuds? Table tops…

Retailers, the Devil is in the Detail: Nasty Gal #GirlLoss Review

So on a somewhat, less serious note than the last few weeks, the latest online shopping review I have for y’all is for the American website Nasty Gal. Owned by author Sophia Amoruso of current #GirlBoss fame, the site is known to those who desire something a little different from the high street, on a varying…

The Other Website – Elk

  If you like your clobber to have a certain contemporary look, Elk is an Aussie based brand that offers original accessories, clothing, homeware and other bits and bobs – for both boys and girls. They release two select ranges each year but the collections always have a certain ‘natural pallette’ quality and are simply…

Online Shopping Review: Sheinside

A number of online Asian retailers – from independent suppliers and high end lux brands to wholesale sites – are really starting to get our attention lately. Yes they’re miles away but have the alluring combination of providing you with clobber you’ll be the only one in Ireland wearing, at a really cheap price. We…

Trending: Dunnes goes Online

Normally, I’m not a fan of Dunnes. Not the food store – that’s, well, as ‘likeable’ as any supermarket. I mean the clothing/homeware/lost souls Dunnes. You generally tend not to be a fan of anywhere your mammy’s been dragging you to since your buggy days. Plus as a rule, it smelled of warehouse dust and…

Trending: How Much Would You Pay for Your Own Label?

Ever seen some shoes somewhere that you couldn’t afford, or maybe you’ve had something in your head that you just couldn’t find anywhere in stores? Well shoe heaven has potentially just arrived! ‘Shoes of Prey’ is a website that allows you to completely design your own shoes from a series of simple-to-use easy template. Starting…

Online Shopping – Where To?!

  When it comes to shopping, people are of two minds generally. Either they bitch and moan that we have less choice now – more stores are chains, more mega-brands are global and everything is becoming ‘samey’ – or they claim we’ve never had it so good, thanks to the rise of online retail and…