A recent poll of Singaporeans found that 56 per cent said they went to shops most often for their shopping for non-food items.
Only 30 per cent indicated they bought online using desktops or laptops most frequently, and 14 per cent on mobile devices.
I am a fan of physical shops and rarely check out my purchases online. But I decided to give two local online shopping sites a try, and see if the 30 per cent in that survey have something going.
Their carefully-curated capsule of vintage wear has been handpicked by site owner Sophie Chandra, 31. She spent more than four years making various trips to Sydney to ensure each vintage piece is in good condition.
I can appreciate the effort of going through piles of old clothes to pick the items. A vintage lover will see the intricate details that can no longer be seen on today's run-of-the-mill productions.
Fit: Fitting is not going to be that accurate because these are unique pieces.
Quality: Expect a little imperfection.
Returns or exchanges: Not accepted.
The idea is to move the store experience into the customer's home.
They ship a personalised selection of clothes picked by an in-house team of stylists. The customer is given a few days to try on the clothes in the comfort of their home and is charged only for the ones they decide to keep.
I registered with a credit card and indicated the preferred style of shirts, pants and footwear, the choice of patterns and colours, and the price range in each category. Then I input the height and weight, and the choice of preferred fits.
I gave it a go, and typed "casual" in the comments section.
My box arrived within five days, and I was charmed by the little tag with my name on it.
Thumbs up to the stylist who picked the outfits. They were casual and unpretentious.
Fit: I was happy that all the pieces fit pretty well.
Quality: Surprise! Some items are known labels. Fabrication and workmanship surpassed expectations.
Delivery: They contacted me to ensure I was available when they delivered. Delivery is free, with no minimum purchase required.
Returns: To make a return, log on and indicate the items you wish to return, date and address, and they will make an arrangement to do a pick up at no additional cost.
This article was first published on Mar 15, 2015.
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