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Shortstitch, a personal shopping service

Shortstitch -- personal shopping service

Personal shopping — it sounds expensive and luxurious, doesn’t it? It makes me think of those slightly hidden areas on the top floors of high-end department stores. Luxurious… and definitely mysterious.

But fact is: parents are busy. Very busy. Although we love (virtual) shopping and browsing, we don’t always find the time to scout the high streets (or the internet) for the best buys and coolest finds… even though new outfits for the children are desperately needed. Wouldn’t it be ever so handy to have someone (with great taste, obviously!) doing most of the work for you? Who would suggest a few outfits for your child, narrowing down the endless amount of items available to some great quality pieces that you can actually see and feel, and even try on? With no strings attached? Enter Shortstitch — a personal shopping service for busy parents.

Shortstitch personal shopping service

Shortstitch recently asked me to test their service, and I was intrigued by the concept and impressed by their cool, clean and professional looking website. So yes, sure! (Please!) Since Shortstitch focus their service on children aged 4 to 10 year, we decided to ‘pretend’ shop for Ava, who is 5 years old, and is developing quite a fun personal style.

After answering some inquiries on the website sign-in, I received a prompt email with a request to put a time in the agenda for a style consultation over the telephone. I was asked a range of specific questions about Ava — are there any particular items she is in need of this season? Does she practise any sports? Are there other occasions she needs clothes for? We also discussed sizing, colours and general style preferences. The consultation took around 10 minutes, and was quite fun (don’t all mothers love talking about their children?).

Shortstitch personal shopping service

Within 2 days I got a notification that my ‘box of YAY!’ was on the way. And how fun it was to receive a big package on my doorstep shortly after!

Inside, there was a gorgeous selection of clothes, shoes and accessories, all put together with the utmost care in separate packages and carefully wrapped in tissue paper. There was an accompanying personal letter, written full of enthusiasm and confidence, explaining the selections and suggesting combinations that could work for an array of occasions: ‘The navy skirt with the brick polo neck and brown boots will be a great everyday staple for school.’ ‘The leggings are quite versatile too. She will look super stylish arriving at swim class in those.’

Shortstitch personal shopping service

Shortstitch personal shopping service

Shortstitch personal shopping service

There were jackets to choose from, a pair of gorgeous shoes and sturdy boots, adorable tights and socks, hair accessories, and then, of course, a selection of clothes for different occasions. All of exquisite quality, all beautiful, fun and unique, and quite daring — as daring as one could get away with within the ‘style boundaries’ I had set (timeless pieces, muted colours, tasteful patterns, no logos, etc.). I would say, definitely more adventurous than I would have selected myself — which makes it actually really special!

Shortstitch personal shopping service

Shortstitch, personal shopping serviceOK, it’s clear that I was impressed with Shortstitch so far, but, most importantly — Ava absolutely loved what Shortstitch had picked for her as well.

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The luxury of getting to see and feel the garments, trying them on, and returning them to the Shortstitch box if it’s a ‘no keep’ is truly great. Unwanted items can be returned to the box which will be collected by a courier by appointment and free of charge. (However, I can already tell you that it will be quite difficult to return anything in the box!).

Now… of course one wonders, what does this fabulous service cost? Well: nothing! Nothing extra, that is —  you only pay (recommended retail prices) for the items you want to keep. The styling service, the delivery and collection are all on Shortstitch. Nothing mysterious about it. How cool is that?

xxx Esther

This post is sponsored by Shortstitch, a personal shopping service I tested and loved.


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Comments (18)

September 24, 2015

Every item in every photo is gorgeous!


Carrie
September 24, 2015

UK only I see?


Esther in Amsterdam
September 24, 2015

For the moment, yes! (Unfortunately!!)


Carrie
September 28, 2015

How disappointing- as they sent their product to be reviewed by you in Amsterdam, I spent time on their site assuming they shipped to the continent. Maybe helpful to include in your review -available in UK only- ;).


Esther in Amsterdam
September 28, 2015

I know, they exceptionally extended their service to Amsterdam for me… I’m sorry for the confusion! Fingers crossed they’ll extend their service to the rest of Europe (world!) soon! x


September 24, 2015

This looks amazing. The first service like this I’ve seen where the clothes are actually one’s I’d choose myself. Probably better than ones I’d choose myself! Shortstitch, fingers crossed that you expand to the U.S. sometime soon-ish. xo


Courtney in London
September 24, 2015

What a great concept. And those clothes are super cute. xx


Vanessa in Scotland
September 25, 2015

Such a great service! The clothes are gorgeous. I may just give it a try. Thanks for sharing x


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Karina
September 25, 2015

Lovely! May I ask what the price level of the clothes they pick is? Do they also pick from high street brands such as Zara for example?


Esther in Amsterdam
September 26, 2015

Hi Karina, I found the prices really reasonable! If you go to the website and click ‘brands’, you will find the price levels they work within. x


September 25, 2015

Love those boots! Where are they from?


Esther in Amsterdam
September 26, 2015

The boots are from Angulus. x


Sandy
September 26, 2015

Wish this was in Canada! Beautiful pieces!

Would love to see a post on winter wear for kids!!


Helena
September 27, 2015

beautiful clothes! Esther, please could you list where the metallic pleated skirt and socks with green sparkly heels and toes are from? thank you!


Esther in Amsterdam
September 28, 2015

The socks are from April Showers / Polder, and the skirt from Little Remix. x


October 7, 2015

Folks looking for a similar service in the USA can use sprouting threads, which has a similar approach to brands/quality, plus option to sell back outgrown pieces for credit.


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