Five online stores that need to come to Australia

Style blogger Susie Bubble poses at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Style blogger Susie Bubble poses at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Photo: Marianna Massey

H&M, you’ve taken your sweet, sweet time and we harbour no resentment for that, but now will you please, please come to Australia? We deserve well-priced, seasonal items by Isabel Marant and the like as much as the next shopper. And with the announcement that you’ve just launched your long-awaited, e-commerce store in America, we’re holding out hope that we will be next. ‘Cause if you can’t come here physically, then at least pay us a visit virtually. And while we’re at it, pray to the fashion deities that these stores will get their wriggle on, too.

MUJI 

When we seek order from the chaos and the clutter, we find solace in Muji. The Japanese lifestyle brand has over 300 stores worldwide, with over 5,000 products to its name – from luggage and cleaning supplies to chic clothing designed for people happy not to stand out too much. Their Asian stores also stock food products, including cherry-blossom-scented marshmallows and peach oolong tea. We’ll work on an Australian outpost first, then a lolly aisle … 

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& OTHER STORIES

When it comes to high street shopping, London has got it going on. & Other Stories launched this year and sits somewhere in between its more serious older sister COS and its trendier lil sister H&M. As well as clothes and accessories, every store has a fully kitted beauty department with dreamy nail polish collections that give Chanel a run for its money. They’ve teased us with a hyped-up online store, crammed full of gorgeous editorials, but no international shipping. A bit cruel, ain’t it?

SEPHORA

One of the great joys of travel is stocking up on the things you can’t buy at home and making your friends jealous upon your return. Our first point of call? Sephora. Their in-store brand, positively ubiquitous across Asia, America and Europe, takes the hard work out of painting our pouts and blushing our cheeks. When abroad, we step into the beauty behemoth only to emerge a few hours later, a bit dazed and with our wallets still quivering. Wouldn’t it be easier if their goods were available on the interwebs? Online, each product is tagged with 25 descriptors, enabling users to search for exactly what they need and shop in a slightly less frenzied manner.

WARBY PARKER 

Glasses shopping requires a lot of thought. As George Costanza puts it, you’re basically picking out a new face. Warby Parker takes the stress out of this harrowing task by offering stylish, affordable specs in a range of classic hues and shapes. They’re also do-gooders, donating a pair for every one it sells. What’s unique about Warby Parker is how they’ve managed to intersect e-commerce with bricks-and-mortar, opening physical stores in New York and Boston. They’ve spawned many imitators with their business model, but few of these copycats allow you to touch, feel and try-on their products like Warby Parker do.

ZARA HOME 

Have grand, Design Sponge-worthy visions for your pad, but a budget that’s dashing your Danish modern dreams? Well, it looks like you’ll have to settle for IKEA and your local flea market for now ‘cause Zara Home, almost a decade old and already available in over 40 countries, is yet to hit Australia. The Spanish mega chain does for your home what Zara has already done for your wardrobe, with an aesthetic that’s understated, yet trendy. Add a lucite table here, metallic cushion there, and you’ve got the perfect, cost-effective way to spruce up your nest.

 

 

14 comments

  • Would be nice if Torrid came to australia so that more plus size women could have a choice in reasonably priced fashionable clothes.

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    Sarah
    Date and time
    August 06, 2013, 9:38AM
    • You can buy Torrid online - they ship to Australia

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      Kate
      Date and time
      August 06, 2013, 11:43AM
    • Yes but unfortunately if you are anything like me and wanting to buy over $300 worth of clothes the postage and handling is a small fortune, also I am the kind of person who likes to try on clothes before I buy and the returns would be astronomical and defeat the purpose of buying in the first place :(

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      Sarah
      Date and time
      August 06, 2013, 1:12PM
    • Torrid is good....try Yoursclothing.com.uk. They are also great for plus sized clothes

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      Anna
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      melb
      Date and time
      August 06, 2013, 2:35PM
  • First of all - MUJI isn't that great and probably wouldn't do so well here now that we have Daiso. Sephora? Wouldn't work. We have MECCA, Kit and now Gorgeous Cosmetics are stocking hard-to-get brands. And Myer and DJs would sh*t on it. Plus the whole reason Sephora does so well is because (lo and behold!) makeup is more than 50% cheaper overseas! Guess what? We get ripped off here. I've got no idea about the other ones...

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    Meta18
    Date and time
    August 06, 2013, 10:55AM
    • please clarify what you mean by 'myer and david jones would *&t on it'. The service is horrible, the staff have no knowledge of makeup, and they will tell you something looks great even if it looks horrid, just to make a sale. Plus they have limited shades of makeup, and only stock from a limited number of brands.

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      astute observer
      Date and time
      August 06, 2013, 12:50PM
  • I don't understand why it's taking Sephora so long to come here (or at least online)!! And yes please Muji, I always stock up when I go to Europe. Such a great store!

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    SnappySarzie
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    SnappyVille
    Date and time
    August 06, 2013, 11:03AM
    • Cosmetics is one of those things that just can't be bought from online. You have to test it out first on your skin. The color of lipstick shade on a computer is completely different to how it looks in natural light.

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      astute observer
      Date and time
      August 06, 2013, 12:51PM
  • Can I add Cos and Madewell to that list?
    and Anthropologie who have been great online until their recent system change which means that for international shoppers items show up as being in stock until you try to checkout at which time they tell you, item by item, that you can't have them becasue they are only in stock for domestic purchase becasue the order will be filled from a store. I think it is more frustrating than having no international shipping.
    And before I get shouted at for not supporting Australian retail I live in a regional area with very limited options...

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    secretshopper
    Date and time
    August 06, 2013, 11:15AM
    • Totally agree on Madewell. I don't undestand why they don't ship here, as J Crew do, and they own Madewell. I'd love a bricks & mortar J Crew but they do pretty well with $10 shipping. Anthropologie is owned by Urban Outfitters, which do well on Australian sales, so you'd think they'd be better at it than they are.

      We need some Kate Spade too - very limited & old range in DJs. Only way to get it is through Nordstrom or Nieman Marcus.

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      hanleycat
      Date and time
      August 06, 2013, 3:46PM

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