You might also Like. Chain stores sell specialized products and target a very specific market, just like their standalone counterparts. Think alien-print blouses from Australian designer Emma Mulholland and forest-motif trousers by Mother of Pearl. Generally I like to shop at chain boutique stores.
At one point, any small shop was considered a boutique, and most stores could be included under the definition since merchants usually focused on a single product, like fabric, produce, or fish. The word is French in origin, and derived from the Old French word botica , for apothecary. Many people think of a this type of store as a standalone shop with a single owner. Some high-end shopping chains actually own multiple boutiques, however, and these stores may be scattered in wealthy areas all over the world.
Chain stores sell specialized products and target a very specific market, just like their standalone counterparts. They may have very well marketed and recognized brands; Tiffany's is a good example of one with international branches, with its distinctive little blue boxes and their contents being prized and coveted objects for some people. A boutique may also be part of a larger department store or shopping center.
In this sense, it offers higher end versions of items sold in the general departments of the store, or it sells very specific products with an elite twist. A department store might have a lingerie boutique, for example, using the social cachet of shopping in an elite store to encourage people to buy more undergarments than they might otherwise.
The term is also used more generally to talk about a business that offers tailored products or services for a very limited market. A boutique law firm , for example, might focus on a specific aspect of legal practice, while a boutique butcher offers traditional butchering services and handles unique special orders. Many people associate the term with quality, personal attention from staff, and generally higher prices that are considered reasonable because of the perceived quality of the products on offer.
I think the word 'boutique' is overused and now references just about anything that is specialized or caters to a unique market. I have never heard of a boutique butcher before. Somehow this doesn't have nearly the nice ring to it as a boutique store full of fashionable clothing, accessories and special products for the bath and home.
For the most part you know what you are going to find and know the quality is good. I have been to a few boutique stores where the product seems kind of junky. I would rather stick with a high end store where I know what I am buying is good stuff. That being said, I do have a favorite town near Colorado Springs that has a lot of unique boutique shops. I have family close by there so like to visit once every couple of years.
My sister and I love to take a day and visit all the boutique shops. I am always pleased with all the unique and special shops I find when I am here. Every time I go it I like to visit my favorite shops, and there always a few new ones that catch my fancy as well. John57 Post 8 golf07 -- That is a great idea. I have a few people on my gift list who are hard to buy for, and trying to find a gift for them can be a challenge. There is a new boutique store that opened up next to a restaurant I eat at quite often.
The next time I am there I will have to stop in the boutique and see what I can find. My mother-in-law has a birthday coming up, so hopefully I can find something that is her cup of tea. Whenever I am looking for something unique, either for myself or for a gift, I always head for my favorite boutique store. I often get compliments on the clothes and accessories I wear, and most of them have come from a boutique. If you are looking for something different, yet stylish, this is the kind of store to shop at.
All they sell is bottoms. They have tons of different designs and graphics, a lot of them kind of subversive or ironic or kitschy. I have bought a few pairs at these stores that I love, but you pay a lot more than you would at a big store. I couldn't stock my entire underwear drawer that's for sure. For instance, I just heard about a boutique ad agency. They are small and work with a lot of creative clients, but what makes them boutique?
Boutiques usually have a bunch of cute blouses which are hard to come by these days. I don't know what I'd do without the local boutiques I shop at! Designer Digs Otte This bright, cheery store has 3.
Neutral Territory Oak This downtown-chic store delivers an unexpected mix of established and up-and-coming designers for men and women. The racks are brimming with reliable basics, from Unis for guys to feminine, handcrafted pieces from Vena Cava for women. A trendy mix of Jeffrey Campbell shoes, 3. Wink prides itself on carrying pieces that have been seen in celebrity glossies.
On the racks, floral midriffs by Shakuhachi hang alongside sparkly Novis party dresses and Chromat zip-on harnesses. Small Shop in the Big City Legacy Since , this narrow boutique has been a destination for unearthing talented new designers. Buyer and designer Rita Brookoff showcases feminine, quirky vintage and current apparel and accessories in the lean railroad space.
The designers find outdated vintage pieces like slips and blazers and revamp them in their backroom sewing shop. One-of-a-Kind Style Albertine Owner Kyung Lee has stocked her retail space with moderate-to-high-priced original pieces from emerging artists. The store will even make items to order, since each piece is one or two of a kind. Eurocentric Spiritual America Owner Claire Lemétais has an eye for subtly cheeky décor, but the clothes and accessories are seriously hip.
Think alien-print blouses from Australian designer Emma Mulholland and forest-motif trousers by Mother of Pearl. Rotating art exhibits drive home the youthful, creative vibe.
The result is an eclectic mix that looks simultaneously contemporary and vintage.
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