Independent online retailer, The Pommier, has launched a brand new app giving users the chance to shop for stunning artisanal fashion accessories from the palm of their hand. The chance to see the styles created by independent designers in one place interested me … the bags, jewellery and other accessories are simply gorgeous! I caught up with Lewis Phillips, the founder of The Pommier, to find out more about the app and the fabulous designers whose bags etc are showcased. Hi Lewis!
Hi! My name is Lewis Phillips, I am 28 years young and I am the founder of the online marketplace, ThePommier.com
Although The Pommier is a successful independent online retailer, what was the inspiration behind developing an e-commerce app for The Pommier?
Everything I do for The Pommier, I always think from the customer’s point of view. We naturally get a lot of traffic from mobile users but mobile sales have stayed steady. Understanding that people use their phones to browse websites usually when commuting or relaxing at home, I realised that punching in our website on your browser was slightly forgettable but opening an app was more convenient. Through our App, we can also keep customers in the loop as soon as something happens by sending notifications direct to their phone.
There are a few fashion websites, blogs and apps that offer fashion ideas and items, so what makes The Pommier so appealing to customers?
The Pommier is a destination for fashion enthusiasts to break away from the high street mass produced accessories. We focus solely on hand made jewellery and bags that are mainly created by the hands of the designer themselves. All of our designers are independent brands usually working on their own. Our focus is to discover the best emerging designers and connect them with a larger audience and vice versa.
I love the heady mix of accessories available on your website & app – from novelty necklaces to high end handbags; 80s inspired earrings to delicate charm bracelets. I’m a fan of the bags by Meckela, an Israeli designer that you feature. What kind of items are most popular with your customers?
I am glad you said that, Meckela has recently just joined us and I am pretty excited to see what the future holds for them as they are becoming popular pretty quickly! Necklaces seem to be very popular right now especially from Tadam! Design and London Bird but the most sought after designers in general are Tessa Metcalfe and Momocreatura.
Many of the designers featured are from the UK, but others are from Lithuania, Israel, Italy, USA, France and Netherlands too. Are the items available to be purchased & shipped globally?
Our designers ship worldwide and 95% of them ship worldwide for free too!
Being the founder of The Pommier, have you always wanted to pursue a career in the fashion world or did you have other aspirations?
I have always been interested in fashion but I never knew I would pursue a career in it by no means. A lot of my friends are either jewellery designers or shop owners and I was always fascinated by what they where doing. I am no good with my hands so making a jewellery line was out of the question and I never had a lot money so starting a shop wasn’t possible at the time. I was more into the internet side of things and had managed a few online projects for jewellery stores when the idea of The Pommier came to me. I realised that everyone I was helping all had the same problem and that was getting noticed. The Pommier is a platform where I can help thousands of people at once with only one platform to manage. I started to build the website in my spare time, put a few of my friends on there and then more designers started to come so I went full speed ahead and I am really enjoying it.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
I am going to sound a little like Simon Cowell now ha! I usually always have a plain white T-shirt with black jeans and some flat soul Vans on a normal day but I love a pair of tracksuit bottoms when I am relaxing. When I’m heading out I like to add a bit of punk/mod to my style. Growing up I was very punk rock influenced.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites? (Apart from your own)
There’s a store called Sherry’s Carnaby Street that I love going into – all their clothes are handmade and it’s a proper Mod’s & Rockers boutique. I brought the best two tone suit from there and I can’t resist a re-visit when I am in the area.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe/ bag wish list?
I definitely need to get my hands on Momocreatura’s Spirit of Love Ring and I really want a black Burberry Suit with the the traditional burberry check on the inside. These are like lusts I have had for ages haha.
Boots or Shoes?
Shoes, because I have never tried wearing boots. I probably should?
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc so that readers can find out more about The Pommier.
Thanks for visiting us on the blog Lewis – there are quite a few things I’m lusting after on your app/website – having an app is a great idea. You took me back to memory lane – I loved shopping in Carnaby Street – I used to have a pair of blue/lilac two tone trousers – ah, the 80’s! My favourite item from there, my first major purchase as a 16 year old with my first wages, was a full length black leather coat! Sweet memories! Dear readers, do you remember your first outfit bought with your first wage packet? I’d love to know, so come on, spill the beans & comment below! 🙂
Photos have been published with kind permission from Lewis Phillips/The Pommier.
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