The Shop Directory is a curated guide to online shopping, and features my favourite online retailers. I make it a personal mission to find the best boutiques of the web and to share to share them with you, while helping out entrepreneurs by giving them some of the visibility they deserve (read more about my motivation to launch the Shop Directory here). The shops featured in the directory all have been selected for their uniqueness, quality, style and product assortment. You’ll discover fantastic designs for your home that can be shipped right to your door. It’s design shopping made easy!

Here are five totally awesome shops I recommend you visit today.

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Couleur_Locale_slider2Couleur Locale

Why I like it: Ruth Walleyn, the founder, is passionate about traveling and discovering different cultures. Her shop is filled with her discoveries, fab finds and unique items that will add warmth and character to your home. Looking at the beautiful and inspiring images on the site, you will not only feel like redecorating, but you’ll also get a serious case of wanderlust!

About the shop: “We are globetrotters roaming the planet in search of wonder. We are marveled by the colours of the world, exotic cultures, breathtaking landscapes, fascinating people, overwhelming nature, couleur locale… We are treasure hunters looking for unique items, unusual things, weathered, used, recycled, all crafted with skill and lots of love, and a story behind them. Couleur locale…”

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Little Citizens Boutique

Why I like it: What an awesome shop! You’ll find most adorable and imaginative toys, clothes and kids décor, by unique and interesting labels. Not only is the shop filled with amazingly fab finds, but its design is also super cute and creative. Little Citizens Boutique is definitely a must for modern families!

About the shop: “At Little Citizens Boutique we love bringing the best designs from around the world to children everywhere. We seek out independent and small labels from Paris to Hong Kong through the Mojave desert that design with brilliance and style. Our toys and clothes inspire the imagination, remind us of good times past and present, and prepare little citizens for the adventures of their life.”

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INHABIT New York

Why I like it: It has a unique and luxurious cashmere collection. The sweaters and cardigans are cozy yet sophisticated and stylish.

About the shop: “INHABIT is a knitwear brand that weaves together luxury and fluidity. The philosophy is simple: pieces are draped and cut to move and flow with a distinctive and unstudied ease. INHABIT focuses on unexpected explorations of fit, volume and proportion. Pieces are meant to be layered, emphasizing a modern elegance and sophistication. Knits vary in gauge and weight and range from cozy cashmere and wintry wool to cool cotton and sultry summer linen. Innovative details in the textures, ties, stitching and seams give INHABIT sweaters a distinct sensibility.”

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Switch Modern

Why I like it: It stocks contemporary luxury products including furniture, lighting, and home accessories – La creme de la creme!

About the shop: “Our mission is to offer the highest quality, and always authentic, design to our customers along with the utmost in customer service. Switch Modern represent the finest in design & modern contemporary luxury goods. Our offerings include Furniture, Home Accessories & Gifts, Kitchens & Baths, Closets Systems, Lighting, and more. Authenticity and Quality are our trademarks.”

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James Perse

Why I like it: It sells luxurious ‘easy-to-wear’ and comfy basics, home textiles and furniture with a Californian cool.

About the shop: “James Perse was born in Los Angeles, California. Obsessed with baseball caps, he could never find one that was well designed – with quality construction, shape, fabric and coloring. In 1991, James set out to make the ideal cap for his father’s boutique, Maxfield, and success ensued. In 1994 he launched a t-shirt line that rapidly gained loyal fans looking for a seamless blend of luxe and casual. Then came his women’s collection, followed by menswear… James Perse products are now available at his retail store, online, and at top specialty retailers such as Barneys New York, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

His passion for minimalist architecture influenced by warm west-coast indoor outdoor living and the casual clothing that’s inspired by it, ultimately resulted in James’ personal design philosophy and aesthetic – low maintenance high fashion – emphasizing elegance and comfort, pairing sophistication with simplicity. James has applied this visionary approach in every step of defining and developing the brand.”

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Photo in top banner: Fritz Hansen via Switch Modern

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