It is a privilege and a source of happiness to experience owning a piece that symbolizes another country’s culture. There is a certain feeling of wonder and joy from receiving souvenir gifts from family and friends who just got back from international travels.
Holding what once came from other places and held that country’s soul is one of life’s little joys that not everyone can experience, and this is why co-founders Jessica Hanna and Andrew Marks established World Chic. World Chic is an online shop that brings cultural trends and top fashion items right to its customers’ doorsteps.
World Chic is the result of its co-founders’ travels to different countries. Jessica and Andrew were able to deepen their understanding of the dynamics of other cultures through their expeditions, and started World Chic as a way to share their experiences with others.
This unique shop boasts a collection of items from around the world, allowing customers to pick clothes, accessories, and more by country, bringing their idea of “Shopping by Country Collection” to light. Jessica and Andrew are able to execute the novel idea by traveling to different countries and curating all of the collections offered through their online store. The incredible team that makes up World Chic works with different artisans globally while doing a deep dive to immerse themselves in the culture of the country they are in. They learn about the specifics of the manufacturing, production, designing as well as exactly where the resources for the materials that are being used to make the products originate from.
The products showcased in the shop all possess meaning through decades of craftsmanship and culture behind them. Currently, World Chic offers five “Country Collections” and plans to have more in the upcoming years. Its Iceland Collection delivers wool hats, headbands, scarves, vests, socks, blankets, and sweaters to customers. What takes center stage in this particular line of clothing and accessory is the wool, which has been known to keep the people of Iceland’s arctic climate warm. So, imagine just how warm it will keep you!
In addition, World Chic’s Ireland Collection has Irish Aran knitwear sweaters and blankets from Ireland. Ireland is recognized for its Aran sweater, whose historic symbol is known across hundreds of clans, and not only is the sweater a cultural staple, but it also serves as a practical protection for everyone during Ireland’s harsh winter.
Their focus on leather through the Italy Collection is an acknowledgment of the country’s authority in the leather and bag-making industry. World Chic works with several different artisans across Florence and Milan, Italy, to hunt for trends infused with true Italian spirit, enabling them to offer leather handbags, backpacks, duffle bags, briefcases, belts, and wallets to shoppers. All of which are produced, designed, and manufactured in Italy (this being a unique and rare process in today’s age).
Their Scotland Collection provides high quality and premium cashmere scarves. These scarves are the result of the team’s collaboration with a Scottish Textile Company established in 1797 who is known as the expert in cashmere and fine woolens. They are the very same company that produces many of the cashmere scarves known to some of the highest quality global designer brands today.
Lastly, World Chic’s Germany Collection is currently focused on a designer from Berlin, Esther Perbandt, recently featured on the Amazon Prime Video show, “Making The Cut.” Esther’s designs come from a very strong Berliner background where she designs an avant-garde take on clothing, bringing out individuality and defying gender-specific pieces.
The shopping experience that Jessica’s and Andrew’s innovation provides is rare to find in other shops. World Chic creates a name for itself in the industry for making it possible to shop abroad without taking a single step away from their homes. Check out their video to learn more intimately about them.
Learn more about World Chic by visiting its website and also shop the WC Brand Collection along with all of their “Country Collections.” You can also check them out on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok, and Linkedin.
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