Tired of seeing people on the street wearing the same dress as you? We don’t blame you. With everyone gravitating toward the mainstream shops, it’s kind of hard to stand out from the crowd. So if you’re in need of some new pieces to freshen up your wardrobe game, here’s a solution: look to the east.
With innovative products and cult beauty trends consistently rising to the surface and a culture thriving on constantly changing trends, are you even surprised some of the top e-tailers hail from across the Pacific? Even A-listers like Taylor Swift understand the power of the east, so it would be an understatement to say Asia is on the rise in the fast fashion department. Unfortunately, Asian-made products don’t have the greatest reputation with many companies, due to a history of ripping off designs straight from the runway. However, many of today’s online retailers are turning the tables, including Toronto’s very own e-boutique, Sashion.
Looking to change the way customers see products stamped with the words “Made in China,” the online shopping site for Chinese-designed clothing aims to be a resourceful outlet for those not only looking for higher quality clothing at affordable prices, but also gives lesser-known designers in China an opportunity to make a name for themselves.
Between the e-commerce sites that are only available in foreign languages and online retailers that don’t have international shipping, trying to stock up on your favourite Asian products can be quite the mission. Sure, there’s always Amazon and your local Asian shopping centre (hello, Pacific Mall!).
But with the former not curated and the latter inconvenient to dash to for last minute needs, it’s just not ideal. So to help make your online shopping experience a little easier and a lot more affordable, we scoured the sites and compiled a list of the best destinations for all things Asian, from beauty one-stop-shops to cool fashion sites that could give Zara a run for its money.