New Site Style Trek is "Facebook Meets Net-A-Porter For Emerging Designers"
Style Trek, a new hybrid e-commerce and social networking site, launched this week. Founder Cecilia Pagkalinawan, who previously helped market and launch ecommerce for Burberry, Frette and La Perla, describes the site as "Facebook meets Net-A-Porter for emerging designers." The site currently features collections from 20 designers across the globe, and the plan is to add more designers in the coming months. To call them all "emerging" designers would be a bit misleading though. Some, like Nicole Noselli and Daphne Gutierrez who design Bruce, are better described as "re-emerging"--their line Bruce picked up a CFDA award back in 2001, they took a break for a while, and now they're back. Mexican design duo Rafa Cuevas and Roberto Sanchez's line Teamo (as in "te amo") is big in Mexico but they're looking to reach consumers in the states. Pagkalinawan finds designers through tips from industry insiders. Buyers pass along designers they like but can't stock because they're either too small or they've already reached capacity for their contemporary floors. Hopefully, they find a home on Style Trek. While most ecommerce sites simply curate merchadise, Style Trek aims to allow shoppers and designers to communicate and engage with one another. Designers have profile pages so consumers get a better sense of the personality behind the product. Consumers can become "Style Trekkers" and create their own profiles to connect with other shoppers and designers, and "like" products, which allows Style Trek to track trends and adjust inventory accordingly.