New E-Tailer, Gift Me Chic, takes gifts to the next level – Robb Report
Looking for a unique host or hostess gift to take with you to all your summer evenings? Gift Me Chic, a new gift offering platform, is a one-stop-shop mix of fun party ideas and gift offers for those who are always searching the internet for something unique. As a former buyer of Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue and former North American CEO of luxury fragrance company By Kilian, founder Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy was already familiar with sourcing luxury items. Hennessy leads a bi-continental life shared between New York and Paris, which allowed her to look at what was lacking in the market.
“When I thought about what I needed and what I lacked in retail, it was really the gift category,” she says. “When I was looking for freebies I would go to department stores or search their websites and browse through thousands of products and I was super overwhelmed. So I thought, where can I go online which is a concept store for gifts, like a Colette [the now defunct Parisian retailer]? It was then that the idea struck me. Gift Me Chic launched in time for the 2019 holiday season with 10 brands including Assouline, Paige Novick Jewelry, By Kilian and Fleur du Mal. It grew by word of mouth until Covid-19 hit. Meanwhile, Jones-Hennessy has been working on expanding the range, which now includes 35 brands, 13 of which are exclusive.
One of those exclusives is Studio Drift, an Amsterdam-based designer duo known for their large-scale light installations. Jones-Hennessy is the only retailer of the designers’ small tabletop iterations of the Dandelion Light. “They harvest the dandelions, then one by one, they collect the seeds from the head and insert an LED light, then hand glue the seeds on the head one by one to become a” dandelion “encapsulated in glass bulging, ”says Jones. Hennessy. “This is my second biggest seller as a category, after the experiences.”
The site also has everything from $ 60 sea salt caramel CBD infused candy from Black Dhalia for stressed out partygoers to a $ 500 astrology read from Jones-Hennessy’s own guru Rakesh Mishra for people. spiritual. More traditional gifts like a trio of $ 39 jams from Mr. P’s or truffle infused foodie products like the $ 250 gift box from Maison de la Truffe are also available, simple ideas that offer a ” aha! time for the less seasoned gift giver. But for a truly over the top gift, you can opt for an exclusive $ 4,500 paella cooking class for a group of up to 20 people by three Michelin star chef Dani Garcia. Even the jewelry selection has a unique twist: a $ 4,325 18k yellow gold Santo by Zani necklace transforms from a spherical orb pendant into a flower with five gold petals studded with rubies, sapphires and gold. emeralds.
Going forward, Gift Me Chic plans to grow the business by hiring personal buyers who can help you with more personalized or personalized gifts and experiences. So whether you’re throwing a party, going there, or just looking to impress someone special, this e-merchant could be your new secret weapon.