It’s no secret that we love independent boutiques – their unique shopping experiences and expertly curated products are second to none. So we’ve rounded up ten of the best boutiques from all four corners of the globe, from Copenhagen to LA, Japan to Vancouver. Each one with their own unique style and aesthetic, we say use this as your 2018 boutique bucket list, a truly global tick-list for any independent shopper! Enjoy.
- Stilleben, Copenhagen
This boutique’s name, ‘still life’ is the essence of founders Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Schou Nordentoft’s curating philosophy; to handpick homewares, prints and accessories from across the world and mix them in a harmonious and personal way. Founded in 2002, Stilleben now has two locations in Copenhagen – London a possible third (here’s hoping!)
Why we love it: Stilleben may possibly have the best selection of ceramics in the world.
Brands they stock: the boutique champions the best of Denmark with brands like Georg Jensen, Skagerak and Kahler, and they even own their own ceramics factory!
2. County Ltd, Los Angeles
Based in Silver Lake, L.A., County Ltd’s four founders sell products they themselves would enjoy in their own homes, underpinning their desire to provide goods that align with mindful living. Their tagline ‘t-shirts and chairs’ reflects their carefully-selected blend of menswear, homewares and vintage furniture.
Why we love it: Their amazing earthy aesthetic is to die for!
Brands they stock: County LTD have two in house brands, White Lady Co, a workwear-inspired clothing line, and Counter-Space, a hardwares range. These sit alongside a mix of Japanese brands, such as Auralee, Hasami and Story Mfg and and our very own Margate-based skincare company Haeckels.
3. Hutspot, Netherlands
Founded around a simple concept – find unique brands and give them a proper showcase, Hutspot has successfully expanded to five locations in the Netherlands providing a mix of clothing, homewares, accessories and art. Originating as a popup started by three childhood friends in 2012, Hutspot has also diversified away from a conventional retail space by regularly hosting workshops, exhibitions, dinners and brand collaborations.
Why we love it: they stock Gin Mayo. Need we say more?
Brands they stock: Trouva favourites such as House Doctor, Sandqvist, Matt & Nat, Samsoe & Samsoe, as well as a selection of rising European brands, such as Josje Bruijin, Frisur, YUYU Amsterdam.
4. Old Faithful Shop, Vancouver
Occupying 2500 sqft in Gastown, Vancouver, Old Faithful Shop’s air of nostalgia is what makes it so magical. Owner Walter Manning aimed to recreate the type of quality general goods store that would have existed a century ago, inspired by his grandparents and great-grandparents, who all ran general stores.
Why we love it: we’re all about a thriving high street, and the Old Faithful Shop is just that – not only by creating a destination shop that in turn has aided in the regeneration of the area, but also crafted a sense of community.
Brands they stock: predominantly their own-brand OFS, which strives to achieve ‘heirloom quality’ products, plus kitchenware items by Kinto, Chemex and Robert Herder.
5. The Frankie Shop, NYC & Paris
Touted as the place to go for affordable luxe-looking basics, The Frankie Shop has been making waves in womenswear ever since its first shop opened in LES in 2015, and more recently expanding across the pond to Paris. Founded by Gaelle Drevet, she strives to provide pieces that are adaptable to any wardrobe, allowing personal style to flourish.
Why we love it: it’s almost impossible to go on their Instagram without spiralling into a 20 minute scroll binge.
Brands they stock: minimalist American brands such as LOQ and Rachel Comey, along with some of the world’s best kept secrets, like Paloma Wool, Chaksyn and Sophie Monet.
6. 1LDK, Japan
Named after the most common type of Japanese apartment, 1LDK has quickly gained a reputation as a must visit in Japan for those in the know. With five locations across Japan, the boutique in Nakameguro is a personal highlight; set in two stores across from each other is a curated selection of low key, yet stylish mens, womens and homeware products.
Why we love it: their shopfront is beautifully understated and serene.
Brands they stock: Asian staples Aesop, Comesandgoes, Digawel and Universal Products.
7. Grandpa, Sweden
Locals refer to the ‘cult of Grandpa’ and this boutique is the perfect spot to fulfil all your Scandinavian cravings, stocking menswear, womenswear and homewares. With 5 locations in Sweden, Grandpa’s selection always meets its high standards of sustainability and quality.
Why we love it: owners Jonas and Karin are true master creators, and like us, believe nothing is more important than product itself.
Brands they stock: Scandinavian classics Sandqvist, Rains, Our Legacy, HAY, Ganni, Muuto along other international staples, Novesta, Folk, Grenson, Muuto and Edwin and Veja.
8. Bjork, Florence
Bjork’s interior is trendy, in a low budget DIY kind of way, using recycled wood pallets as shelving, on top of their stripy concrete floor. Based in Florence, Bjork supplies womenswear, menswear and a selection of art magazines.
Why we love it: Bjork’s tagline ‘We Sell Nice Things’ perfectly encapsulates exactly what their store does, sells very nice things.
Brands they stock: contemporary fashion favourites, A Kind of Guise, Our Legacy, Wood Wood and Sunnei.
9. The Spartan Shop, Austin
No list of the world’s best boutiques would be complete without an entry from hipster paradise Portland. Originally located in Austin, owner Currie Person carefully handpicks homewares, furniture, lighting and fine art along the guiding principles of simplicity, longevity, quality and artistry.
Why we love it: it’s beautiful visual merchandising creates a shopping experience that is comparable to visiting a gallery of everything modern and cool.
Brands they stock: international classics such as Tom Dixon, and the rising stars EG
10. The Amazing Crocodile Design Store, Berlin
Owned and run by an architect turned interior-designer, Jana Kubischik has carved a reputation for showcasing young and emerging designers in Berlin, putting on exhibitions every 2-3 months to show this unknown talent. Based in Berlin, their range includes furniture, lamps, ceramics, textiles and accessories.
Why we love it: if the city of Berlin could be encapsulated into a shop itself, it feels like The Amazing Crocodile Design Store would be the place; an industrial interior, filled with products with strong colours and innovative shapes. Perfect for maximalist finds.
Brands they stock: noted for being the first in Berlin to supply new labels from France, Italy, Holland and the UK, such as Petit Friture, Eric Hibelot and Bitossi.
Want more? Check out our 2018 Trend Guide with lots of interior and homeware inspiration from our independent boutiques.