Monday, February 27, 2012 Giving Local Fashion an Online Presence

If you're like me, you feel odd when you see the shirt sitting in your closet sported by Lea Michele on Glee or the embarrassment of strutting into formal in the same dress that two other girls are sporting. This is why occasionally I turn to local boutiques like Pitaya (which is a small chain with only 17 stores nationwide) and SKY Boutique, which is my daily neighborhood fashion ogling stop. However, it's really sad to see local businesses (including restaurants) being bought by more mainstream mall or store chains. is a new Miami-based site that helps prevent local fashion businesses from shutting down by helping them open an online version of their store as well. I know I spend forever on the internet gazing at Forever 21 and H&M before a shopping trip but can't find the clothes in store and oftentimes don't have the time to stop by my local boutiques to see what's in stock. Having a small-scale selection that is visible online is the perfect balance. While my student budget forces me to prefer to find cheap steals at the mall and thrift stores, sometimes it's nice to treat yourself to that stunner piece. Most of the pieces are definitely out of my range though, like this Dolce & Gabbana (ugly) jacket for $600, but for the designer bargain hunter, this could be an option. There are some pieces under $50 that I would consider.

Much better: a black mesh striped leather jacket for $60 (NY Fashions) and this cute Peter Pan collar black and white romper for $72 (Electric Couture). These prices are comparable to Threadsence, Lulus, Romwe.
 Here is an example of a store info page with a photo, the boutique address, complete with a local map
Meinto's site has a clean design and is easily navigable with a useful search function for both items and boutique stores (unlike Forever21). They offer 30 days return and over 3000 brands for women, men, and kids. In the store search bar, I entered my St. Louis zip code and unfortunately nothing came up. This is because most of the local stores listed are near Miami, Florida. Hopefully with time, this could expand to the entire US (Meinto has already worked well in Europe). It's a good concept and it is really sad to see local stores go out of business. 

There's also a Facebook video contest - you can win $1000 of boutique clothing from Meinto! You must be a resident of the US and at least 21. The contest ends on 3/19/2012.

Readers - do you shop local fashion?
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This is a sponsored post in which I was provided monetary compensation. This does not affect my honest opinion whatsoever.


Suzie Q February 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM   said...

OMG, I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! You are TOO cute inside and out! I LOVE pandas too!! =) I'm following you now! I'm a newbie blogger myself =)

Suzie Q
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lisacng February 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM   said...

I've never found anything locally that I like. Plus I am under the (maybe false) impression that local boutiques are more expensive than mass retailers. But I also havent explored many either! Good find though. Hope Meinto expands to other cities.

patty and lo February 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM   said...

Totally loving the romper! I agree! Shopping at boutiques is great!

Katherine February 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM   said...

Meinto is such a cool idea! I love that it tries to help out small businesses..thank you for shairng!

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