For better or worse, the Coronavirus has certainly disrupted our shopping habits. High streets are at a permanent standstill, and students are equipped with more money than they have had all year - this dystopian dichotomy was beyond our imagination a few months ago, but here we are nonetheless.
From vintage to luxury and streetwear, we have rounded up all the online spaces currently satisfying our compulsive shopping disorders.
Independent vintage shops are finding the Coronavirus particularly difficult. Duke's Cupboard offers a carefully curated selection of second hand street and luxury wear - many of the pieces being highly coveted and hard to find. Starting as a stall down Berwick street, and progressing into its second London store, the lads are well regarded in the realms of British vintage and street style - head to their website for more.
Some of our favourite vintage pieces have been found on here, but you have to be quick if you are after a certain item. Providing a very particular selection of Prada, Evisu and countless other brands, Sekkle’s eye for standout garms has given them a cult following. They are currently promoting a competition on Instagram, with a Stone Island jumper up for grabs, you should get on following them.
Priding itself in a range of unique garments, Nordic Poetry’s knack for spotting future trends has made it one of Britain’s most beloved retro shops. Many of their pieces are well sought after - the chances are your purchases from their web store will be completely intrinsic to your wardrobe. Be sure to check out Nordic Poetry’s shop in Shoreditch when isolation ends.
This online retail space should not be of surprise to anyone by now. Expressing one of the world’s most varied catalogues of clothing, End offers raffled events and standard collections to satisfy anyone’s shopping habits. Some of the hottest collaborations appear on the site: Nike x Stüssy, Palms Angels x Moncler, JW Anderson x Converse, to name a few, and really it sits at the epicentre of global street wear. Shops in Newcastle and London might take your fancy after isolation too.
The Hip Store
With spaces in the North of England, the Hip Store is fast becoming a must visit for anyone into their garms. If you are after more minimal designs and designers, their collections cater for you as much as logo obsessed hypebeasts. The website boasts brands like Needles, Patta and Norse Projects.
Thriving off understated streetwear brands like Common Projects, Cav Empt and Our Legacy, this online retail space focus on the functionalities of fashion. From Sacai’s intricately cut clothing, to the youth invigorating designs of A Cold Wall, Notre’s sense of style is completely unique to any retail space on this list. If you have the money to ship off to Chicago once this pandemic blows over, don’t forget to visit Notre’s store.
Dover Street Market
Rei Kawakubo’s luxury show room caters for a range of garm budgets: it is equally viable to buy a £35 t-shirt as it is a £3,000 cardigan in DSM. As a student, the latter is hardly an option, but going to this space makes the dream feel slightly more attainable. Online you can view, and purchase, collections from Kiko Kostadinov, Junya Watanabe and Raf Simons - as well as the entire range of Comme Des Garçons. It’s also one of only a very few other stores that sells Palace.
Providing exclusive collections from some of modern time’s best designers, Ssense’s is so much more than an online clothing retailer. Martine Rose is the shop’s latest capsule collaborator, adding her unorthodox designs to classic activewear - a credit to her aberrational fashion career thus far. There isn’t a luxury brand I haven’t missed on Ssense yet; the site should have absolutely every designer you could wish for.
With Women’s and Menswear becoming more blurred by the day, despite its name, Mr. Porter caters for both genders more than one would first think. If you look past the male tailored blog post, and delve into the sheer variety of brands this website offers, anyone will be able to find stand out pieces to justify the highly expensive price tags.
Ronny Feig’s shoe space come lifestyle brand has been going since 2011, but the sneaker obsessive has experience in the field for over 20 years. Growing up in Queens, the designer started with a small store to sell trainers - several successful shops later, and the designer now has a highly expansive online shop too. For trainers, this really is one of the best places to find what you are after.
Currently boasting a mid season sale, Footpatrol’s fine shoe selection has made it one of the biggest retailers in Europe. You can get up to 60% off their trainers at the moment, which include the A$AP Nast Converse, OG Vapor Max 360s and Stan Smiths - they also offer raffle systems for high profile releases like the upcoming Air Jordan 1 White Royal.
The Dutch brand started exclusively as a trainer retailer, and they still buy in the hardest crep releases for their web store. If the likes of Footpatrol, Size? and Footlocker sell out particularly quickly, checking Patta often isn’t a bad shout… surprisingly. Nike ACG and Parra also feature on the website, whilst their blog is well worth a read too. Unlike the list’s other suggestions, Patta’s page is far more culturally immersive - even the shoe selection feels carefully catered for a specific person. If it transpires this is you, then you won’t really need to shop anywhere else.