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Don’t you hate when you fall in love with a piece of statement jewelry, only to find it costs way too much to justify a purchase?
Enter Lydell NYC, an affordable designer selling statement costume jewelry. What we find interesting is that the collections are quite different – meaning there is a style for everyone. Some of our favorites are the architecturally bold and minimalist pieces as seen below. And did we say this is affordable?
To check out more, visit http://www.lydellnyc.com.
Etsy lovers rejoice. If you live off the thrill of the hunt, sifting through unique pieces from indie designers, you will love Boticca, a curated online marketplace for unique jewelry and accessories by designers from all over the world.
All 250+ designers from almost 40 different countries are sourced by Boticca’s team of style-hunters. What’s equally cool is it’s not only about the products, but the background and personal stories of each designer, which you can see in its “mugshot” section.
And if you’re into supporting struggling artists, hear this: designers can showcase their work for free on the site and are able to keep the lion’s share of their profits, unlike when they sell to major retailers at wholesale prices. In addition to being able to purchase items in its online store, you can also enter private “flash sales” or peruse style guides for inspiration either on its blog or “fashion icons” column – where it styles looks from top brands & designers with accessories available in its inventory. We haven’t seen anything like this before, but it’s a great way to visualize how Boticca’s pieces can be incorporated into a lot of different looks and trends.
To learn more, check out http://www.boticca.com.
That online fashion world heavily favors women. Fact of life. From LOOKBOOK to countless female-focused blogs, where are men who crave style inspiration to turn to? We all know of the Sartorialist, but what else is out there? We’ve curated some of our favorite men-focused fashion portals that are full of swagger and class.
The awesomeness that is Mr. Porter’s fashion hub never fails to blow our mind. Not only does it sell clothes, but it has a thorough content portal that helps men bring their fashion A-game. Its Style Council is made up of fashion insiders who contribute advice and inspiration. It has a Tumblr and print newspaper that can be delivered right to your door. It provides style guides for different occasions and, in sum, is just all around awesome. It’s our favorite men’s destination on the web thus far, so if you don’t know it head over there immediately.
These men continue to impress; the look books are insanely refreshing. You’ve probably seen them all over the web by now, but their site never fails to disappoint. The style is full of layering inspiration for a prep look that will make the ladies weak in the knees.
Men’s Health Lookbook
You wouldn’t think of turning to Men’s Health for fashion inspiration, but it has some great finds on its look book, ranging across lifestyle interests that can help any man live a sartorial existence.
Guy Style Guide
We’ll be the first to admit we’re not a big fan of Tumblr sites (the UI is just RIDICULOUSLY bad in most cases!), but the Guy Style Guide brings a lot to the table via street style, product closeups, the runway, and fashion editorials. The aesthetic varies, but tends to lean toward the urban prep variety
The Urban Gentleman
The Urban Gent has a lot to offer on its site, from how-to’s to fashion news. However, our favorite will always be the street style portion in which the founders share both their own photo shoots and carefully curated looks from across the web.
Boys Life Blog
This Tumblr has a very strong aesthetic, the type of men you’ll see donning the cover of GQ or the Sartorialist. The curator has an impeccable editor’s eye, making each look more lust worthy than the next.
This is a bit more broader than the other Tumblrs on here, a bit more abstract, but still worthy of inclusion. It has a lot of variety in angles of shots, too, which can appease to a variety of artistic onlookers. You’ll see women’s looks in here as well, but it seems most of them are lewd, so it still speaks to the man audience
Aso’s Fashion Finder
If you like looks of the hipster variety, you’ll love Asos online community of real people showing how they interpret fashion. While not as robust as LOOKBOOK, it is equally as real and definitely worth a gander.
You’d think this one would be a no brainer, but Pinterest seems to be still dominated by women. Just a quick “men’s fashion” search can bring countless boards to the table for your viewing pleasure. Some of our favorites include Kyle Newton’s Men’s Fashion board and Shawna Kitty’s When Men Dress to Impress board. However, there are countless boards so sky’s the limit.
Did we miss any? Tell us in the comments!
We’re changing up Web Wednesdays this week to bring you an app you should know about. Especially if you like Pinterest, listen up.
Have you heard of Snapette? It’s like Pinterest for shopping on the go. Created by Sarah and Jinhee as part of a Harvard start-up competition, it encourages users to snap photos of shoes and handbags they find while out shopping. It aggregates these looks into a Pinterest-like view board, allowing shoppers to browse items near them and share cool finds with their followers.
Not interested in the app? Snapette is also available online, where you can browse before heading out to go shopping or just look at the eye candy uploaded from the users in over 130 different countries. The only drawback with the online version is that browsing by location isn’t as intuitive as we would like, but overall you’ll see a lot of Instagram-eque photos of drool-worthy shopper curated inspiration.
Interested in learning more? Check out http://www.snapette.com for more.
Founded by Antdilla Jones, Thrift Store Fresh is an online “fashion recycling shopping experience.” Jones scours second hand shops to bring carefully selected vintage pieces.
Prices are reasonable (we saw barely anything over $50, most in the teens) and the aesthetic leans toward urban prep. The collection is mostly for men, though there are some jewelry and accessory pieces for women, seeming to be aimed toward the fashionable man looking for a unique gift for his lady.
The user experience could use a boost, mainly with better navigation (search by sizing and “view all” are some of our favorite functionalities). However, we love the clean, graphic site design and its street style-ish look book that offers style suggestions for its curated pieces.
We’re looking forward to seeing more from this online shop, particularly more items available for purchase. To check out more, visit http://www.thriftstorefresh.com.
We love opportunities to score designer pieces for less, so when we heard about SNOBSWAP we were pretty ecstatic.
This new website, currently in beta, describes itself as bringing “the thrill of consignment shopping and swap parties to the web.” It offers the flexibility of choosing from four different types of payment for the items you list: 1) swapping, 2) swap credits, 3) cash offer, and 4) a fixed cash price. Think of it like eBay only for the girls and boys with the wardrobe everyone covets.
The site is really easy from a usability perspective when you are trying to list items. However, when shopping for items it’s a bit difficult to navigate – we would really have appreciated a way to filter by size rather than just item type. However, it does have the “thrill of the hunt” aspect going for it.
To learn more, visit http://www.snobswap.com.
We’re still on a high from our trip to New York and thought we’d give a new Williamsburg haunt some love.
Where I Was From is a vintage retailer stationed in Williamsburg founded by Claire Lampert and Darroch Putnam in winter 2012. Its goal is to make vintage available for the modern man and woman, showcasing pieces in a very cool and effortless way – think Urban Outfitter’s catalog.
One of our favorite features is its “Worn With” page, in which it has friends style some of their favorite pieces with their regular street wear.
All in all, you will find huge pictures of pieces that are part of an impeccably curated collection of vintage pieces you actually want to wear. To check out more, visit http://www.whereiwasfrom.com.
We stumbled across this little gem in Brooklyn. It offers carefully curated men’s and women’s fashion favorites from the likes of Rachel Comey, Isabel Marant, and Rag & Bone.
Lucky for our readers from all over, they have an online store. Our favorite wares? The shoes for women and the bags for men. However, the whole collection is on-trend, straddling both modernity and classic silhouettes.
If you have an opportunity to visit Brooklyn, we encourage you to check out its quaint store. If not, visit http://www.stuartandwright.com and get shopping.
And we’re back! We apologize for the delay in posting. Access to the Internet was limited with a move to a new apartment, but Comcast came this weekend and we’re ready to go!
For this week’s Web Wednesdays, let’s talk The Fancy. We were recently introduced to this new social sharing website. Think Pinterest mixed with Living Social. Self described as, “part store, blog, magazine, and wishlist,” The Fancy allows users to curate its favorite things from around the web into pre-defined collections. Very Pinterest right?
But there’s more. Users can unlock badges to display on their profile once they’ve taken a certain number of actions on the site. You can also unlock deals, hence where the Living Social and Gilt-like functionality come into play. Simply “fancy” (instead of pin, get it?) a product under promotion and you can purchase it right there at a discounted rate.
To check it out and start playing around, visit http://www.thefancy.com.
We accidentally stumbled across Cargoh while searching for ethical jewelers in Seattle. Essentially, it’s etsy’s cool younger cousin, with indie designers selling their wares. However, what really makes it stand out is its curated collections from some of the top tastemakers out there.
Unfortunately the user functionality isn’t much better than etsy, but it’s more aesthetically pleasing – particularly through its use of higher quality photos. If you’re a fan of etsy, trust us – you’ll be buying every piece there is off Cargoh before you know it.
For more information, check out http://www.cargoh.com.