The war between online and IRL shopping has yet to be won – what if the solution wasn’t one or the other, but a combination of both? Trouva is an online platform that pairs with brick-and-mortar boutiques to offer shoppers access to indie retailers and grant small shopowners a bigger reach too.
Amazon’s success has been built upon product accessibility rather than exclusivity, letting people buy almost anything in just a few clicks. But with the Treasure Truck, the retail giant is embracing the unique rush that IRL shopping can bring, offering limited edition deals in shifting locations.
The physical shopping experience may never match the ease of e-commerce, but that doesn’t mean people are abandoning the high street. Brands are using concept stores, cultural events, and customisation to attract footfall and communities that care about more than products alone.
As more Britons bypass the high street for their shopping needs, brick-and-mortar retailers are having to raise their game to survive in an increasingly digital landscape. By introducing a host of technologies to physical stores, Farfetch is making the offline experience feel more like e-commerce.
Browns East is the sister store to renowned luxury boutique Browns – but the two couldn’t be more different. Designed to reflect the habits and expectations of a new breed of luxury shopper, it offers meditation, events, an art gallery and coffee alongside designer and obscure fashion.