WEBSITE, PRODUCT AND RANGE REVIEW
If there’s anything that Dubai nationals know how to do well, it’s shop for luxury goods. With a local population knowledgeable about uber-luxury brands and designer menswear, Dubai and the surrounding Arab Emirates are one of the world’s biggest buyers of designer menswear and luxury brand accessories. And we mean luxury. Forget about ‘last season’s’ or ‘sale’ stock, Dubai nationals want the best of the best, the newest ranges and they want it now. In fact they would quite like their butler to deliver it to their residence. Or alternatively be picked up and chauffeured to the stores. Cue Boutique 1.
Almost single-handedly bringing the ‘designer store’ experience to Dubai, Boutique 1 brought together the world’s most established luxury and up and coming menswear brands under one roof at the prestigious Jumeriah Beach Residence (yeah, the one Dubai’s Royal Family owns) something new to the country at the time, which was otherwise filled with stand alone branded stores. It also helps that Boutique 1 operates the franchise for some of those bricks and mortar retail stores too, including the Italian powerhouse’s Missoni stores and British accessories brand Mulberry’s to name just two.
Finally launching an online shopping experience, Boutique1.com is all set to serve the rest of the world’s status hungry shoppers with an impressive mix of luxury brands like Missoni and Jil Sander and newcomers like Billionaire Boys Club and Lot78′s famous leather jackets, menswear designers which are equally as appealing to Dubai’s international jet set as the old-guard established European fashion houses.
The range of products and menswear designers is currently not massive, but the Boutique1.com’s operators tell us it’s due to get a lot bigger and soon. Boutique 1 is where Dubai’s wealthy elite head to for leading menswear designers casualwear, so these are largely the type of brands you will find on site.
Boutique1 accept all international credit cards.
UK and other international shoppers – $49 USD (approximately £35).
2-3 working days via DHL Express Delivery.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia – FREE SHIPPING.
Next working day delivery.
FREE INTERNATIONAL RETURNS and refunds if the item is not suitable (Applies to any country).
CUSTOMS DUTY – for British and EU residents
As with all orders from outside the EU, customs will be applicable to your order, with import duty and taxes payable invoiced to you at a later date by the courier. To get a full picture of how much you will actually be paying for the item in total, we recommend you contact them first.
CUSTOMS DUTY – All other international countries, outside of the Middle East:
You will also be eligible your own local duties and tax.
FREE INTERNATIONAL RETURNS
Instructions on how to return:
- Request an RAN with 48 hours of receipt of your order.
- Call DHL and arrange a free collection. To find the telephone number of your nearest DHL, visit www.dhl.com .
- All copies of the Returns Proforma Invoice will need to be completed and signed
- Please leave your package open until the driver has checked the contents
- Also fill in the DHL airway bill
- Write your RAN on the airway bill & Proforma Invoice
- You will receive an email notification once your return has been received and processed
Or if you are a Dubai or U.A.E resident 4* / 5
Ok, so why the different scores depending on where you live?
It’s great that Boutique1.com are taking on the big guns of online designer shopping and we like the fact that they offer some unique brands that are otherwise quite difficult to get hold of online (Lot78 leather jackets and Missoni men’s clothes – in particular) but we only offer 4* stars or above if the online stores we work with offer free international shipping to all of our MilanStyle.com members.
We’ve seen other online retailers do it, so it is possible.
Of course, if you’re a Dubai or United Arab Emirates resident, this won’t matter at all to you as you’ll get free shipping, so for that reason, for you, we give Boutique 1′s online store 4/5 stars.
On the range of products and designers, having been to the Dubai stores in person, we know Boutique 1 have a lot more in store too, so we would like to see this reflected on the website.
Have you shopped in Boutique 1′s stores or through their new website? Do you agree with our review?
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