In the past, you had to be some sort of jetsetter to be able to acquire Italian goods. While some are sold right in our stores, hidden gems are abound on the streets of Milan, Rome and Florence, just waiting to be discovered. The advent of e-commerce has changed all that, and for the better, if we might argue. While the reputation of Italian-made products remain, its inaccessibility does not, and there’s one particular site that tapped into this potential: Italist.
Italist Sales and Deals
First things first, what is Italist?
Basing its name right from the country where its products come from, Italist is the online marketplace you go to if you need to have some fix of Italian luxury. It’s not the first to take advantage of the Internet and its reach to fashion lovers of refined taste (read: Italian), but it definitely is ahead in offering goods that are Italian-made and even exclusively sold in the European fashion haven.
Their headquarters is in Los Angeles, California, but that doesn’t make them any less legitimate, being an online company operating in the state where tech companies are thriving. Plus, the company assures you that each item you see on the site is being sold right on the stores in Italy. It is made sure to function this way as Italist wants to recreate the feeling of being in the actual stores and checking out the items for yourself even when you just have a phone on you. With Italist, you’ll get to know the intricate details, even the backstory of an item if it has one. How? The retailers are more than happy to give an exclusive description of what goes on in the making of their merchandise, akin to how you can ask store clerks to help you decide which to buy.
Italist, compared to other online markets, is new to the competition. The site was only launched in 2014, when business partners Diego Abba and Raffaele Giovine saw an opportunity in a market that is hungry for Italian goods. Before finding this niche, Giovani already had experience with IT as a consultant for Bain & Company and the founder of the now-defunct Zero9, which provided premium mobile content and operated from 2001 to 2009. Abba was its Group Chief Financial Officer for a year before it exited the business.
What sets it apart
Besides being accessible anytime, the site also boasts of a collection that’s unmatched elsewhere on the Internet. Italist carries in its collection not just items from Italian designers, but from distinguished Italian brands that have set the pace of fashion for decades and have remained highly desired and very exclusive. Such labels include Valentino, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Golden Goose and Salvatore Ferragamo, among others.
But Italist also wants to give you the thrill of finding something that just isn’t available elsewhere, which is a reason why it is also welcoming to other Italian boutiques. After all, the “Made in Italy” tag is enough and speaks so much to style and quality. It’s a give and take relationship with Italist and the retailers; the former gets a part of the sale and shares to the world the wonders of Italian craftsmanship in exchange of sealing the deal and processing the payment and shipment, while the latter is given a better method to market their products. A direct relationship is usually maintained.
Today, partner shops are numbered at 120, and items are also sold in 85 countries.
What to expect
On average, Italist sells items at least 30% cheaper than any other online marketplace, owing to the unique setup of the country’s retail market and the site’s local links. If you think what Italist offers is too good to be true, the site assures that all items sold are authentic and are given an Italian retail price.
Purchases are delivered at your provided home address, with the packaging and tags untouched so you can open them in all their glory. This is also to ensure the safety and authenticity of your items, and so you’ll know where to find them if you want one.
The vision to fuel the future
Given what makes the site different from the rest, Italist seeks to be the top destination for the online shopping of Italian goods, luxury brands and emerging names alike. And it has certain advantages to it that makes this possible: the number of partner stores is significant and still growing, the available products can be purchased at a lower price, and there are exclusive deals with items that are rarely sold outside the country. But Italist also aims to be the model of the booming e-commerce industry and its future, possessing a wide selection without the burden of an inventory.
No matter where you are located in the world, so long as you’ve got a device that can connect to the World Wide Web, a stable Internet connection, and a means to pay, Italist has you covered. Plus, the Internet-based market prioritizes customer satisfaction above all so you can get your purchases in order.