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.
Why I like it: I’m a big fan of art, and I think a home is not complete without interesting artwork. I was pleased to come across JUNIQE and their extensive (and gorgeous!) offering. Their mission is to bring more art into your life, and they aim to empower both emerging and established artists. All products are made-to-order and manufactured in Germany with the highest quality materials.
About the shop: “JUNIQE is the shop for eclectic art prints, apparel and accessories. An antidote to big brand BS. We’re an experienced team of e-commerce and design veterans who scout out the best independent artists from all over the world. Our hand-picked artworks make us a magnet for font fetishists, graphic geeks and fashion junkies.
We’re on a mission to offer exciting and affordable art to everyone. A one-stop shop for friends of form and colour, we curate a selection of new designs several times each week. We want to see art everywhere.”
Why I like it: Discover quality and stylish handbags, travel accessories and footwear made from 100% italian buffalo and lamb leather by one of Denmark’s preeminent designers of fine leather goods.
About the shop: ”
Yvonne koné, the company, was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2011 by Danish designer Yvonne Koné. Yvonne Koné is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Yvonne Koné stands for superior product quality and durability and a commitment to customer service. The perfect bag will last forever – highlighting the core values of the Yvonne Koné company: Outstanding traditional craftsmanship, innovative design, contemporary functionality, and the highest quality materials.”
Le Marché St George
Why I like it: Le Marché St George is a convivial café, a grocery store and a lifestyle shop all into one. It is the kind of place where you just want to hang out. Take a minute to read their “About” page; you’ll want to hop on a plane to Vancouver and be a part of it, too! Good news for all of us living far away, Le Marché St George has an online store selling timeless home accessories and lovely handmade goods. Think muted-colored linens, pretty ceramics, hand blown glass, and much more.
About the shop: “Le Marché St George is a general store, a café, an occasional event space, and a home – It’s a place where everyone is welcome – It’s real people making real things – It’s a Christmas event where Santa drinks beers and takes photos with families all day to raise funds for the food bank – It’s spontaneous moments where musicians come to play – It’s the best artisan chocolates – It’s Kim who fell off the slippery back stairs – It’s Jaws the raccoon who chases the chickens in the backyard – It’s fancy dinners and some not so fancy events – It’s famous people who sometimes drop by – It’s Klee, Melissa, Kim, Marie, Janaki, Lola, Pascal, 3 chickens, 2 cats and 2 bee hives who live there – It’s an old car that won’t die – It’s phenomenal coffee – It’s Janaki that makes pots outside in the freezing cold – It’s making new friends…”
Why I like it: It’s a treasure trove for the modern, stylish man. It has a broad selection of wish list-worthy goods, from clothing, shoes, home accessories, watches, bags and much more.
About the shop: “Launched in 2013 as the brother site to Shopbop.com, East Dane is a thoughtful, straightforward approach to men’s fashion. We’ll serve up heritage brands and new names to men who are more interested in style than trends—who understand that dressing well comes from a combination of confidence and quality construction.
East Dane is a division of BOP LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com. With that kind of internet manpower comes a global perspective and an unparalleled customer focus, making East Dane a truly unique online destination.”
Why I like it: Nicola, the founder, is dedicated to bringing beautiful, practical, timeless and affordable Scandinavian home and garden products to North America. What’s not to love?
About the shop: “Bringing a selection of stunning Scandinavian home and gardening products to North Americans for the first time, the stylish webshop Blackthumb Decor reflects the simplicity, functionality and timelessness of internationally renowned Nordic design. A carefully curated collection of affordable items has been chosen for their beauty, practicality and sustainable elements. The elegant site is also rich with news and inspiration related to Scandinavian design and culture, making blackthumbdecor.com a single source of total Scandinavian-inspired lifestyle enhancement, with easy-to-understand lifestyle ideas, recipes and gardening tips.”
Photo in top banner: Juniqe