As presented in Refinery 29
It seems counter-intuitive to need your favorite local shops (that you could easily go to) available through online channels, too. Isn’t that what weekends are for? Live-action shopping?! When it’s not the weekend, though, and you begin to miss your favorites, it’s nice to have them no further away than your laptop. Chalk Boutique in Evanston has recently launched an online shop on Taigan, and to celebrate they’re throwing in some added incentive: Shop between now and September 19 and get free two-day shipping! It’s basically the convenience online shopping, the fun of in-person shopping, and the joy of a freebie, all in one. But hurry—this news is sure to spread from Northwestern’s campus down to Soldier Field in no time. Your luxe fashion go-to just went viral.
“We are defined by who we say no to,” says Elizabeth Nichols, CEO of Taigan, an ecommerce site that hosts some of the most amazing boutiques from around the country–boutiques that might not otherwise be accessible outside of the brick and mortar store. When Taigan, appropriately meaning a breed of Canine from Kyrgyzstan “known for its tenacity to find the best game for its master,” launched in 2009, Nichols estimates that there was a three percent acceptance rate from all of the retailers who reached out to them.
Since then, the offerings on the site have grown to more than 100 vendors in 11 categories–from fine jewelry to cigars. “The small stores needed a big voice,” says Nichols, who draws her experience from 20 years spent developing shopping centers. “If you put one store in the middle of the world wide web it won’t get any more traction than if you build a little store in the middle of a field.” Now with their re-launch–including a newly curated landing page–they also plan on introducing 8-12 stores each month. Though no store makes the page without a rigorous evaluation, from combing through the stock to seeing how they are packaged and shipped. Nichols even physically visits every store and is constantly seeking out new locations on her travels. As she puts it: “We are on a hunt.”
Fashion swimwear designer Keiko is featured in the September 2011 issue of Elle magazine. This Swiss Cheese Metallic Cut-out suit is available on Taigan.com.
As featured in KDHamptons.com
KDH STYLE ALERT!
Famed American fabric designer Quadrille has introduced a chic new women’s apparel and accessory line with their coveted fabrics! Check out their colorful tunics, swimsuits, shift dresses and swim trunks for the guys that Hamptonites will love. If you are already familiar with Quadrille fabrics you won’t be surprised that the prices aren’t exactly inexpensive, but KDH will definitely be hanging poolside in the Navy Nairobi tunic! LOVE!
*Shop the collection at www.TAIGAN.com
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Bits & Bites: News You Can Eat THE MEAT – Pigging In
Rancher-butcher Preston Correll raises grass-fed, antibiotic-and-steroid-free cows, pigs and poultry (including eggs) on his Kentucky spreads. We were lucky enough to taste his livestock at a recent dinner party where chef Soa Davies made a divine pâté from the chickens’ livers, killer tacos from the ground beef and mushrooms stuffed with the pork sausage. The cuts came from Correll’s Marksbury Farm Market, a co-op slaughterhouse, processing facility and butcher shop, founded last year by the meat man, his wife and his like-minded collective. Sharpen your knives: As of this week, Marksbury’s juicy pork chops ($5 for each ¾-pound chop), and even a whole hog (from $850, artisan-eviscerated into multiple parts), can be purchased online. taigan.com
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WEB WATCH taigan.com
A unique e-boutique
Less is more when it comes to this online shopping emporium, a collection of carefully chosen high-end shops available at one Web address. House of Lavande vintage jewelry, Ann Koerner Antiques, and Sucre of New Orleans are just a few of the specialty retailers (taigan.com).