Department stores have a lot to brag about. They offer an unrivaled range of labels, as well as the convenience of darting across town when you need a last-minute piece for a special occasion. However, there’s a missing ingredient from those endless floors of designer finds: intent. Today’s consumers are looking to take a more purposeful approach to the way they shop, whether considering the planet or seeking out access to luxury brands in countries that we historically have had little access to. As a response, a crop of emerging retailers are filling the white space, each with a distinct point of view that will help fashion fans expand their horizons.
Each stockist’s scope varies from the sustainably-focused—like the newly launched Toward Store, which grades its labels on different planet-first criteria—to the regionally-specific, which exclusively stock luxury items from a certain locale to help shoppers diversify their closets. Take The Folklore, for instance: the e-store exclusively sources luxury fashion brands from Africa and the Diaspora. Proyecto República, on the other hand, stocks ready-to-wear and accessories from a bevy of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin countries. By serving up style by locale, these retailers are driving interest in luxury beyond the usual fold of labels in New York, London, Paris, and Milan.
No matter which speaks to you, you’ll relish the change of pace from the same-old, same-old heritage brands that your closet is already chock full of. Read ahead for our top retailers on the rise.
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