Shoptiques.com, an online destination that allows you to shop the world’s best boutiques, has launched in Canada. With more than 2,000 boutiques currently on the site, Canada represents the fourth country in which Shoptiques.com has store partners, including the U.S., U.K., and France.
The expansion will allow Shoptiques.com customers from around the globe to shop directly from boutiques throughout Canada and discover unique pieces spanning clothing, accessories, and home decor. Local consumers can make purchases online and have items shipped or opt to conveniently pick up their items in-store. Shoptiques.com will provide Canadian boutique partners with its back-end e-commerce capabilities, including inventory management, web hosting, and email marketing. All orders over C$125 will ship for free and all returns are free.
“We have been shipping to Canadian customers from our boutiques since the beginning, so launching in Canada was a natural next step for us,” said Olga Vidisheva, Founder and CEO. “We’re also very excited about the potential: Canadian online retail sales grew from C$15.3 billion to C$22.3 billion between 2010 and 2014 and are expected to reach C$39.9 billion by 2019. The market is growing very quickly and we’re thrilled to now be a part of it.”
One of the first Canadian boutiques on the platform is Toronto-based Grafic. Store owner Doriano Carlo said, “We’re excited to be working with Shoptiques.com because it will allow us to reach a fast-growing market of boutique shoppers online. The platform gets us in front of new customers—and we can’t wait to utilize the Shoptiques.com team’s expertise to expand our digital marketing strategy.”
Shoptiques.com will launch with more than 30 Canadian boutiques on the platform in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. The company will focus on continuing to grow that number.
Shoptiques.com lets you shop the world’s best local boutiques online. In the past, if you lived in Dallas and wanted to shop a small boutique in New York or LA or even Paris, you had to buy a plane ticket. These small stores simply weren’t online, and if they were, there was no way to find them. Shoptiques.com brought them online—and created a destination that connects savvy shoppers with hundreds of hand-picked boutiques across the globe. In addition to giving small stores access to millions of customers, the platform also offers a wide range of digital tools for its boutiques including email marketing, inventory management, photography, and web hosting. Shoptiques.com was founded by Olga Vidisheva in the spring of 2012 and is funded by Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Binary Capital, Benchmark and William Morris Endeavor Talent Agency among others.