I used to spend my afternoons and weekends strolling around the mall. Whether it’s to pullout items for work when I was a stylist, check to see what’s new or simply to do what I do best: shop. Now-a-days, time for me is a luxury. Plus I don’t have the patience to sit around, wait in the car and brave through the traffic to go to stores (unless I really have to). For me, I’ve decided to go for the convenience of online shopping rather than the experience of trying things on and getting my items on the same day.
Today, I’ve decided to share with you my TOP 5 International Fashion Shopping Websites:
- 1. NET-A-PORTER (www.net-a-porter.com)
- I love everything about this website. I usually search through the “What’s New” and click away for the latest designer items, SKii skin products or make-up. It usually takes 2 business days for the items to be delivered to your doorstep. But recently, I’ve been getting all of my orders on the next day! Oh and if for any reason you decide that you don’t want it, returns are FREE. Just make sure you send it back in the same condition it was delivered. Shipping is a flat rate of $15 USD.
- 2. MR. PORTER (www.mrporter.com)
The “brother” company of net-a-porter is just as efficient. I usually get most of my gift items for my husband here. Delivery usually takes 3-4 business days and is sent straight to your doorstep.
3. LUISAVIAROMA (www.luisaviaroma.com)
LUISAVIAROMA is usually where I get my unique and super hard to find items. It includes FREE SHIPPING AND IMPORT FEES even if all items are coming from Europe. Delivery to Asia is suppose to take 2-3 business days but from experience there are usually delays when the items reach Manila so expect your orders to arrive within 5-7 business days. Straight to your doorstep, of course!
4. SHOPBOP (www.shopbop.com)
I like shopping from SHOPBOP when I’m searching for less pricey items. TIP: They have amazing sales during November! Ordering from them is a bit tricky especially when it comes to import duties because it’s not a fixed rate if it’s shipped outside the United States and directly to Manila. Import duties are computed based on the price of the items you order and you have the option for it to be pre-paid (added to your total bill and charged to your total) -OR- paid upon delivery. I always go for pre-paid so that I know if the taxes to be paid are worth me buying the item. Shipping for orders $99.99 and below is $10 and anything over $100 is FREE. Orders are suppose to arrive to your doorstep in 2-4 business days BUT there’s always a bottleneck in Manila’s customs so keep a buffer and expect your orders in 5-7 business days.
5. NEIMAN MARCUS (www.neimanmarcus.com)
I usually visit the Neiman Marcus website when I want to “window shop” and see what’s new. They’re my favorite online store that has most of my favorite designer brands, beauty products and even home items. However, I’ve never had any of my orders shipped directly to my doorstep in Manila because the import duties and taxes cost as much as the actual items. I’m not willing to pay double for them so I just end up “window shopping” and eventually forget about it -OR- I use a freight forwarder, send it to their US address and have them deliver it to my doorstep in Manila.
Trust me, the freight forwarder charges + costs of items (especially during sales) in the US is still cheaper than buying things here in Manila at retail. I’ll share more about freight-forwards on a different post for all you shoppers interested in buying things from the US and don’t want to hassle relatives coming home to mule it here, haha!
Until then… shop until you drop!
- Cat Arambulo-Antonio