In the world of e-commerce, some online-only boutiques do it well…and others do it really well. I Dont Like Mondays does it really well, so well their online presence is all you need — you won’t miss trying on the goods, because they offer free shipping and returns! Ever since their semi-recent debut, this New York based online retailer born from a warehouse loft dishes out a cool mix of inspiring wares for him and her…and their selection improves dramatically each season. With a combo of up-and-coming labels like Savant and Stolen Girlfriends Club and more established names like Melissa shoes and Cheap Monday, IDLM is gaining some serious recognition, deservedly so. One of the creative forces behind the shop, part owner/buyer Colin Talbot was up for participating in my Six Questions behind the boutique series. He dishes on some best-selling labels, the best part about owning a boutique, and the shop’s exciting future:
1.) S.B.: Favorite new designers?
C.T.: They’re not technically “new” but Stolen Girlfriends Club is definitely a new favorite of mine. The line has had a great response from the media and the bloggers and it’s one of our top selling lines. Not to mention, the guys behind the line are kick ass.
Another collection to look out for is Savant. It’s a label from NY designer and dear friend Feng-Feng Yeh. Her first collection in Spring was hugely successful and she’s really upped the ante this Fall, so I’m expecting this collection to be an even bigger hit.
2.) S.B.: Five must-have items from the shop you’ve been wearing?
C.T.: Unfortunately I’m not stocking much in the way of menswear as of yet. HOWEVER I’ve placed a lot of orders on men’s collections for Spring 10, so male customers will have much more to choose from on the website.
As for Fall ’09 hits:
3.) S.B.: What is the best selling item or designer in the store?
4.) S.B.: Other than I Dont Like Mondays, where are you shopping online? How about locally?
C.T.: I shop a lot of vintage and consignment. The East Village has some pretty amazing stores. And eBay is always good for some rare finds.
5.) S.B.: What is your favorite thing about owning your own boutique?
C.T.: Fashion retail is incredibly fun and it’s one of those things that anyone can do. This all started as a pipe dream when I was living in Bed-Stuy two years ago struggling to make ends meet. I was able to scrape what little money I had to create a simple website to sell some t-shirts I made. Since then it’s snowballed into what it is today and it seems to keep on growing. I’ve been really fortunate to have such an amazing response and I hope this ride continues for a while because this really is the most fun I’ve had working EVER.
6. ) S.B.: What’s up next for I Dont Like Mondays? Any plans, trunk shows or collaborations in the works?
C.T.: The new Gallery project for Spring is out of this world. I can’t say who and what it is as we’re keeping that a secret for now, but it really is stunning. We’re also considering having an event in the near future, sort of a dance party/pop-up shop extravaganza. Still figuring out timing and logistics so stay tuned!