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10 Fashionable Things You Still Can't Buy Online
To keep up with a generation of consumers who prefer to purchase from an app than a brick and mortar store, the majority of fashion companies now sell their lines online. Mega chains like Zara and Topshop have launched sites in multiple countries and most foreign brands now offer international shipping. Even luxury brands like Burberry have increased their internet presence, with live-streaming shows that can be shopped almost immediately after. Yet, despite the the growing world of e-commerce, there's still a select group of brands that refuse to head online.
Not that we mind occasionally sacrificing instant gratification for an actual store visit. Picking out a pricey investment piece in person can make the entire purchase seem more special. Plus, knowing that someone else can't immediately order the same thing provides a smug (but admittedly wonderful) ahead-of-the curve feeling.
Do you think that all brands should make their products available online? Or do prefer some things to stay super exclusive? Find out which designers and specific products still require an old-fashioned shopping trip. Trust us, they're all worth the trouble.
Although the wedding guru's lower priced "White by Vera Wang" line is on David's Bridal's website, her main collection is a boutique exclusive.
Sure, you can find a couple of random pieces from several seasons ago on yoox.com—but those racecar motifs you've been salivating over since September? That friends, involves a trip to Prince and Broadway in Soho.
Net-a-Porter and other luxury e-tailers carry creative director Marc Jacobs' other lines. His work for the famed LV French fashion house is harder to track down.
Unfortunatly, this Swedish retailer still does not offer Stateside shipping. Most of the time, we don't really mind—except when they launched their second Versace collaboration online only.
As you might remember from our School of Fashion, "haute couture" means custom made dresses for select clientale. So yeah...not going to find much of that on the interwebs.
Chanel is notorious not selling any of its clothes, shoes or bags online. However, since Coco's iconic designs are so insanely popular, you can find a lot of authentic vintage pieces on eBay, Etsy and other secondhand sites. (Just be sure to do your homework first.)
There are leather goods, scarves and jewelry galore on Hermès' main page, but not a Birkin to be found. These coveted satchels are so in demand, they don't even display them in the actual boutiques.
One of our favorite Parisian-chic shops finally arrived in New York a few years ago. Online, the clothes are still only availible to residents of France. Ah well, baby steps.
Until very recently, this contemporary line was impossible to find on the internet. Now, they have a tightly edited selection on Shopbop (you can browse it here) and are launching an e-store this spring.
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