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While I'm on a retail roll....


While I'm on a retail roll....

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Trying to whittle down the vast amount of online shops I have browsed over the years is pretty difficult. But remembering the good ones and discovering new treats is always a challenge. I love a bargain like the next person but I love the fact the internet has brought the globes high streets to our couches! Here are a few more great websites whose collections are wide and varied. They do have one thing in common, all their products are fantastic, original and high quality. Window shopping has never been so enjoyable!! After three years simply reporting the latest and greatest in all things men, we decided to start delivering it. You're used to getting Cool Material delivered to your desktop on a daily basis, now it's going to be on your doorstep too. The inventory is everything we want (or have) for ourselves: bottle openers, beer soap, camo wallets, metal pens, business card holders and drinking paraphernalia. It's all the cool material you want in one convenient place. When you shop Cool Material, you don't need to shop around.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Goodstead is one of the many stores who grab my attention. Catering for all of us looking for the new and ever-so-slightly different. With many items you'd normally consider ordinary and dull, Goodstead has sourced a finer selection of well produced and somewhat quirky items. Check it out and you'll see what I mean...

The Lollipop Shoppe provides a carefully chosen range of outstandingly conceived and crafted furniture and accessories. Representing a select group of major international manufacturers, it offers a range of classic and contemporary pieces by established designers as well as exciting, up-and-coming design talent.

With a discerning outlook and a keen eye for aesthetics, The Lollipop Shoppe takes pride in its enthusiasm, knowledge and attention to detail. The brand’s eclectic portfolio has been expertly devised and developed to be lifestyle friendly, furnishing clients with a winning combination of choice, quality and character. The Lollipop Shoppe experience is underpinned by professional, approachable customer service, making the whole process of buying design a pleasure from start to finish.

Mjölk (Milk) is pure, honest, and essential.

Located in the Junction, our shop makes its home in a white Victorian building with a modern interior by local architect firm Studio Junction. Mjölk is a lifestyle store; we look to our everyday life to find inspiration for the products we carry. Our smaller products can be used without thought, or quietly admired. In our eyes just the simple satisfaction of functionality and durability, is all you need for a successful product, but when you can derive beauty from the uttermost simplistic tools, then you have something special.

We specialize in Scandinavia because the north enthralls us. Soft, quiet snowy forests and streets in the winter. Glittery, blinding sunlight on colourful buildings during the summer. Fika (coffee break) at the Konditori, with a kaffe and Napoleon pastry in hand. Trolling the Helsinki open-air markets for treasures. Aalto building tours. S.O.S. (Smör Ost och Sill = butter, cheese and herring). Swedish style. Grass roofs. Hot dog streetside snacks. And of course, the Arctic. These are a few of our favourite things.

Slowdownjoe is essentially a selection of products that we like, some you may know, others that we hope to surprise you with. We only work with producers who are making honest products within Europe, USA and Japan (not that other countries are dishonest) - we just like it that way.

A little info about us; Lewis is the founder of , a cool little clothing store that has made some friends around the globe with it's array of great products - Matthew is Lewis' brother and is the other half of slowdownjoe.

Enjoy the site, if you dont, let us know why and we hope our products, delivery and service meet your expectations and a bit more.

Where I Was From is a vintage online store headquartered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, founded by Claire Lampert and Darroch Putnam. We opened in the winter of 2012 after collectively working in fashion, and acquiring vintage, for many years.

Our goal was to create a shop with a translatable aesthetic to wearing vintage items in a modern way. Inspired by classic men’s pieces, we offer a selection of unisex items, as well as exceptional men’s and women’s pieces. With elements of unique and classic in each and every piece, we hope that these items will be sustainable in your wardrobe.

If you would like to know what’s going on with our store, keep an eye on our blog for news and information.

We would always like to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to be in touch!


Some juicy online shopping tit-bits...


Some juicy online shopping tit-bits...

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Here are a few more online juicy morsels for all you like minded retail therapists. The usual US, Nippon shops raise their heads but this time its not just leather goods, but clothing, shoes, accessories, home ware and stationery. All designed and manufactured to an amazing finish with exquisite detail. I hope you like my findings, I do like to share my discoveries and spread the curse of compulsive online retail therapy. ENJOY! If you find or know of any stores you think I'd like too... please share!

INSPIRED BY the vanishing subgenre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Company, Portland, Oregon in conjunction with Coudal Partners of Chicago, Illinois bring you “FIELD NOTES” in hopes of offering, “An honest memo book, worth fillin’ up with GOOD INFORMATION.”

Rockett St George is a purely online shop which offers an eclectic mix of contemporary homeware and gifts with a strong emphasis on style.  We have a broad range of bespoke, design led and often hand made pieces.  So please do browse and enjoy what we have on offer.

Our shop does not discriminate on kind nor sort,

For that our shop is miscellaneous.

All products in our miscellaneous-store are carefully selected. Our product range is as versatile as the miscellaneous can be.

All are items you may use on a regular basis. Our products may be ordinary in use or kind, yet they are all exceptional. We put that extra in ordinary, by bringing you only those extraordinary items. Yes, we may ‘just’ sell scissors, and our TAJIKA scissors are hand forged and shaped in a little workshop in Kanazawa, Japan.

The MIDORI brand creates paper products, including letters, greetings cards, colored papers and stickers, and creative design stationery with sophisticated designs.

Since its establishment in 1950, the Midori brand has been popular with many customers and has produced many hit products and long sellers.

In addition to sophisticated designs, we manufacture goods that combine both beauty and functionality by paying special attention to beauty and materials used.

Yet another  Japanese brand which produces endless amounts of amazing quality goods, leather or otherwise. If you are ever lucky enough to stumble on any, grab them quick as they are all produced in small quantities and all beautifully made. Check their stuff at at:

A Brooklyn NYC based brand who produces and sells a huge variety of goods, clothing and stationery. I will definitely be dropping in on my next visit over the pond!

One of the most stunning yet frustrating brands I have come across. Heather Grey Wall is the home to Japanese brand Cash- Ca, a clothing label who produces some simply amazing stuff. Working in collaboration with other brands as well their range covers clothing, shoes and luggage.Only thing is.... ITS ALL TOO SMALL FOR ME!!!!!!!

On the primary product of Mr. Kazuki Kuraishi creative director, arranged in a modern tradition of British "CASH CA" in the main, the current "TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist." Collaborative label says Kuraishi and Mr. Takahiro Miyashita, the designer handle the "Levi's ® Lefthanded Jean by Takahiro Kuraishi "and" 84-74 lab. takahiro kuraishi. ", preppy and outdoor and military, domestic and select international brand real road, ranging from the fashion scene lifestyle, we propose a sensibility developed as a new concept store

CANOE was established in 2005. Drawing on our 20 years of experience in the retail industry and our passion for design, the CANOE concept is to offer simple, beautiful, and functional objects that can be used and enjoyed everyday. To us, modern is an approach, not a style. We seek out products with a lasting aesthetic that transcends short-lived trends.

Our name reflects our approach, referencing a timeless and pleasing product form that performs its function splendidly. Our name also suggests discovery, and we hope our customers have this sense when they shop online or visit us at our shop in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Reflecting our location in the Northwest, our shop interior employs natural materials to create a spare yet welcoming space. We strive to provide great service and the friendliness of a neighborhood corner store, including gift registry services and complimentary gift wrapping.

Finally, a shop closer to home. French based shop Grauate sells a wide variety of goods on a similar vein to the store above but its just CLOSER! Plus they have their own radio station!