Out There

Stijl, Brussels
Illustrator: Jorge Colombo

Jose Neves is not a big believer in one-stop shopping. “What’s really interesting are the small boutiques that you have to do a lot of research just to find,” he says. So for those of us who have neither the time, nor the frequent-flier miles, to jet off to, say, Mumbai, Neves has hatched Farfetch, an e-commerce site that offers fashion-hungry customers access to more than 300 independent stores across the globe. And the company is constantly expanding its reach. This fall, Farfetch will launch sites in Russia, Japan, and China, and introduce a style-guide app featuring advice from local boutique owners. The enterprise has been a win-win for Neves and small retailers, though not without some collateral damage. “I think my wife needs more closet space,” Neves says with a laugh. Here, some of Farfetch’s coolest sources.

Illustrator: Jorge Colombo

Muuse Copenhagen, Denmark Look here for in-house capsule collections created in collaboration with emerging designers like former Haider Ackermann intern Jantine van Peski or Sara Lundberg, a young Swede with a thing for prints.

Illustrator: Jorge Colombo

Stijl Brussels, Belgium Founded in 1984, Stijl came on the scene around the time the Antwerp Six designers were making a name for themselves, and it continues to be a champion of Belgian talent. This is the spot for tailored pieces from Veronique Branquinho and the understated creations of Croatian-born Damir Doma, who trained in Antwerp ateliers.

Illustrator: Jorge Colombo

Le Mill Mumbai, India A platform for local artisans filtered through a Western sensibility, Le Mill carries fashion and home furnishings—and, in addition to brands like The Row and 3.1 Phillip Lim, offers discoveries like this graphic mother-of-pearl clutch by the Lebanese designer Nathalie Trad and colorful looks from the Indian designer Saloni Lodha.

Illustrator: Jorge Colombo

Nugnes Trani, Italy Known for men’s suits, this family-run store has broadened its repertoire to include offbeat contemporary clothes and accessories for both genders. Snag a pair of furry shades from Italia Independent by Chiara Ferragni or the latest by Stella Jean.

Illustrator: Jorge Colombo

Farenah Concept Sofia, Bulgaria The first concept store in this Balkan capital was established by the local artist Antoaneta Dyungelyan. Put your money on painterly T-shirt looks from Ahau and intricate jewelry by Angelina Tsvetkova.