Shop Latitude: wares with wanderlust

A website of wonders from around the world

Those suffering from a bout of wanderlust may find a cure – or at least a quick fix – at Shop Latitude, an online hub for luxury and stylish travel finds. Launched in 2010, the site invites visitors to “shop the world” and explore the “wheres” of over 150 designers.

There are 12 destinations to browse, with offerings from both exotic locales (Africa, Istanbul, Marrakech) and ones that are more likely closer to home, if not right there (London, New York, Hong Kong) – which makes for a gloriously eclectic range of products. A click to Bogotá brings up the sustainably woven, multicoloured bags by Miss Mochila ($325), sitting beside the statement-making Pectoral necklace ($320) from local designer Silvia Tcherassi. In Istanbul, pop into the Grand Bazaar for bold and bright Gulistan Suzani (from $400) or flower drop earrings (from $65), while each of Rumisu’s hand-illustrated silk scarves ($245, second picture) comes with a fun crocheted animal – zebras, dogs, chicks – sewn onto one corner. In Manila, Emi Jorge’s clutches, including the Oyster Shell Vannall clutch ($824, third picture), are chic and eye-catching, while in Bali, there’s a tempting array of small stingray goods ($64-$730) from Namu. Ditto the African jewellery, such as the ostrich eggshell necklace ($495) from One Fine Thread, to name a stunning example.

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For cosmopolites, inspiration can be found in designers such as London brand Mawi and its tough-luxe Stacked Spike & Tube ring ($325) and Embedded Crystal Ball earrings ($340), or in New Yorker Nicholas Liu’s art-deco-inspired geometric gems (Grid Stacked ring, $2,100; Huggy earrings, $1,250). Meanwhile, From the Road’s Armando Brushed Alpaca pillows ($345) and blankets ($1,275) take the luxury repertoire in a new interiors direction, as do Hotel Americano’s Izola sandalwood candle ($35) and felt wool slippers ($65). The Big Apple lodge is not the only hotel e-shop represented on the site; there is also Positano’s Le Sirenuse, whose hand-embroidered pillows ($225, fourth picture) and bright, glamorous kaftans (from $167) define Amalfi elegance.

And speaking of chic stays – this is a travel site, after all – Shop Latitude also runs a blog, which serves as a sort of local insider guide, dispensing advice on where to stay, dine and relax. It’s here that one can also learn more about a local designer, many of whom, unsurprisingly, reflect the travel-addicted ethos of the site’s shoppers – such as Istanbul-based Mehry Mu, whose bags combine oriental and art-deco influences with the “effortless and easy chic of Capri style”.

“I always liked the idea of hunting for unique finds when travelling,” says founder and CEO Alisa Ng, a former banker who conceived the idea for Shop Latitude while on a jaunt in Asia. “The site allows women to ‘travel’ from their home or office, and discover new things.”

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