Top Five E-Commerce Sites

This year we turned to a handful of web-based boutiques that brought excitement to the online shopping experience. Check out our selection of the five sites that top our list in 2008.

The Corner


The Corner is the online destination store for those who like discounted products from hipster lines such as Ann Demeulemeester, Premiata, Adam Kimmel and Veronique Branquinho. Launched earlier this year by Yoox, the uber popular close-out boutique, this online shopping center beats the outlet malls any day.

Oki-ni


Discerning men with a taste for haute sportswear will be hard pressed to find an online boutique comparable to Oki-ni’s tight edit of premium Japanese denim, collectors edition trainers and statement-making streetwear from the likes of Levis, Alejandro Ingelmo and Nom de Guerre. We recognize them this year for their consistent merchandising, innovative collaborations and best-in-class product selection.

CoutureLab


Limited quantity, exquisite quality and couture labels are all featured among CoutureLab’s list of fine offerings. The two-year-old site hit its stride in 2008, curating more than 30 lifestyle labels from familiar names such as Bottega Veneta, Kris Van Assche and L’Wren Scott as well as from lesser known talents such as Lydia Courteille, Christian Astuguevieille, and Bea Valdes.

La Garçonne


La Garçonne’s rapid rise in 2008 is no surprise when considering the new generation of labels the boutique has amassed online. Acne Jeans, 3:1 Philip Lim, Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, Luella and other likeminded brands are handpicked to satisfy the modernist fashionista on a more moderate budget.

Ideeli


Ideeli’s deals on international brands were a welcome addition this year. With stunning discounts up to 70 and 80% on labels such as Miu Miu and Gucci, this invite-only shopping community is one we proudly brandish our affiliation with.




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