and yes, it is me! i’m super excited to join the cool team and start working on the project!

hip shops is an online platform on a quest to list all the coolest concept stores out there. to be featured, the stores need to score high for the following criteria: merchandise, uniqueness, interior design, online presence, customer service, a coherent overall image and such.

the merchandise is varied and it goes from clothes to furniture, books, candles or flowers, all of them wonderfully special and fit to satisfy the highest of expectations.

beside browsing for inspiration, you can register, make lists of your favourites and then share them with your friends. we’re just hoping that your trips will be better for it.

so far, 256 stores have fulfilled the above-mentioned standards and they are all featured on the website. we are working on adding more to the list so that all your destinations should be eventually covered.

there are the world-famous names (colette in paris, park in vienna and dover street market in london) but also the hidden treasures (the beautiful galerie bsl in paris, pave culture cycliste in barcelona and song in vienna), places you may have not known, even if they are in your own city.

we’re planning to increase our exposure and coverage to the other continents. one of my future trips is hopefully back to japan where i intend to stretch out my antennas on the lookout for more retail havens.

i welcome any suggestions you may have! also, i thank you very much for checking out the hip shops website!

photo credits: via hip shops