1) Département Féminin
One of the amazing things about the internet is how there seems to be almost limitless scope for discovering new things. Case in point is Toulouse based Département Féminin; we thought we knew all the online, luxe high fashion retailers, but then we discovered Département Féminin with its ultra-stylish range of women's fashion, from Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester, Balmain, Lanvin, Rick Owens, Marni, Chloé, Azzedine Alaïa and more. The overall collection is smaller than, say, Net-a-Porter or Luisa via Roma's, but it's all very well edited and chosen in the best possible taste, making it the perfect French boutique experience online (minus the usual terrifying judgemental staff of 'real life').
London based Feathers boutique, which sells women's fashion from a cool mix of brands including Basso & Brooke, Alexander McQueen, Jil Sander, Peter Pilotto, Alexander Wang, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Undercover, has a comprehensive online store, which showcases the shop's great selection from the brands it carries. While we would find it very hard to fault Net-a-Porter (lack of men's department notwithstanding), sometimes it's nice to browse smaller, more 'intimate' boutiques online (just like in real life), where you can get more of a feel of the store and of the sort of look the buyer has gone for.
3) Oi Polloi
Hailing from Manchester, Oi Polloi was "started in 2002 as a reaction to the mass of bland, uninspiring men's fashion stores lining the UK's high streets," and today they stock a cool range of casual menswear from brands like Acne, A.P.C, Folk, YMC, Limoland, and Nom de Guerre.
4) Andreas Murkudis
Andreas Murkudis is the brother of cool fashion designer Kostas Murkudis (see post here), and owner of a scarily hip, minimalist Berlin store which shares his name. More precisely, Andreas Murkudis is an enclave of six hip shops (one of which is dedicated to Acne), which cover men's and women's fashion, accessories and jewellery, books, furniture, home ware, and design objects. A good selection of products from each store is available online. Fashion brands include Kostas Murkudis, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Dries van Noten, Balenciaga, and Yohji Yamamoto.
Komakino is a guerilla store in Vancouver, which pops up in a new grimy-yet-obscenely-cool location in the city each season, that sells men's fashion from brands like Raf Simons, Number (N)ine, Ann Demeulemeester, M.A+, Damir Doma, and Undercover. While we really wish one would pop up here in London, they do sell online.
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Stay tuned for more online fashion retail features in the future...