Business of fashion

Should we stop shopping?

Tiina the Store

Both the New York Times and the FT have written stories unpicking the quandary of whether we should be shopping online while there’s a contagious health pandemic going on.

I’ve been wrestling with the same dilemma.

I frequently post shoppable content on here. Sometimes it’s stuff I’m going to buy, sometimes it’s fantasy shopping and sometimes it’s just an FYI. But readers do come here to shop (I can see from my back end analytics which links they click on). I post a mixture of global multi-brand retailers – Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, Matches – and independents boutiques. The argument is that by shopping online for non-essentials, it’s potentially putting the warehouse and delivery workers at risk. But on the flip side, retailers insist they’re doing what they can to make everything as safe and sanitary as possible. And if they close their fulfillment centres, the businesses are in danger of shuttering, which will put the staff out of jobs.

A compromise then, is the independents. There are some I really love. Like Mouki Mou, Tiina the Store, and local Japanese-Taiwanese lifestyle boutique, Native & Co. Jeweller Alighieri and knitwear brand & Daughter are two young brands that can’t really afford to close their businesses and keep paying their staff. Their solution is to keep going and work from home, with the founders and designers themselves often handling the shipping.

My feeling is also that at some point things will pick up and even if people don’t shop immediately from my posts, it’s nice to have something positive to look forward to. We can all dream can’t we? If nothing else, the summer sales are going to be amazing…

& Daughter (below) – known for understated knits, founder Buffy Reid just launched her first line of easy summer dresses and Loro Piana merino rib tees
& Daughter Loro Piana rib tee

Tiina the Store – the most irresistible mix of forever fashion and lifestyle pieces, including Zanini dresses, Perfumer h candles, and their own knitwear range

Zanini at Tiina the Store

Native & Co – utilitarian kitchenalia and Japanese ceramics for the Notting Hill Zen crowd

Native and Co Kensington Park Road

Alighieri – sculptural necklaces and earrings for your Zoom-ready top half from this recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design

Alighieri jeweller

Mouki Mou – a one-stop shop for everything from Costa Brazil skin oils to Toogood work-wear

Mouki Mou

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Tiina the Store; & Daughter; Zanini/Tiina the Store; Native & Co; Alighieri; Mouki Mou
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