We live in an age of excess and convenience–I can order groceries from my phone and have them delivered to my doorstep in under an hour (but Instacart? Please for the love of all that’s holy, add wine). New shoes are a click and two business days away from my mailbox. I can Amazon Prime just about anything I need. So why shop Agnes&Dora from direct sellers when direct sales gets such a bad rap? Let’s talk.
When I left LuLaRoe, I took a week to decide where I was headed. I knew I absolutely did not want to leave fashion retail. I love clothes. And I love making outfits and connecting women with pieces that make them feel confident and beautiful. There are so many options out there–I considered Paisley Raye, A&D, or heading out on my own as an indie boutique. I knew I wanted to choose my own patterns and colors after a year of not having that option, so of my choices that left A&D and going out on my own. Aside from the team aspect (which, because my “why” I’m in direct sales is community, is an important factor) the final thing to tip the scale to A&D was size selection.
If you’ve ever gone shopping, you might have noticed that many stores carry limited sizing. There are places like Lane Bryant and Torrid for this very reason–many smaller stores do not carry plus sizes. And the bigger stores who do? They carry different styles in the plus range vs the straight sizing range (usually 0-12).
I don’t know about you, but I found that incredibly annoying. I never noticed the problem pre kids when I wore a size 4, but as a size 14? Yeah, it’s an issue. I can no longer shop at many stores I used to love. And a lot of the styles I used to wear just aren’t available to me.
Agnes&Dora offers almost every style in XXS-XXXL. This is such an anomaly in the fashion world and is part of what makes A&D such a great line to carry in my shop. I love that my curvy friends (and me!) can wear the same styles as our more petite counterparts. It can be really hard as an independent boutique owner to find wholesalers who offer that, so ultimately this was the final reason for me to choose A&D.
I read an article recently about how retail is changing. More and more people are seeking relationships to invest their time and money vs just walking into Target (although trust me, I don’t think Target is in any danger–I could singlehandedly keep mine in business with a little more budget freedom!). I love that A&D offers me a website so you can shop whenever you feel like it, but I can ALSO offer you my amazing Facebook community. We talk about all kinds of things in there. Fashion, yes. But also fitness, meals, kids, the royal family (it’s wedding season!), TV shows and movies, and more…I never fail to be impressed and humbled by just how much my group cares about each other. No matter how amazing Nordstrom is, that’s not something they offer. I do.
I can’t offer free two-day shipping (although is it really free when I pay for Prime, Amazon? Side eye…) and I can’t offer free returns. But when you choose to shop with a small business, you often get so much more than those things. I learn your likes and dislikes. Your sizes and color preferences. I know when you have an occasion coming up and will work hard to accommodate your needs because my business is built on relationships and it’s in my best interest to make sure you are completely satisfied with my efforts. When someone asks me for help with their wardrobe, I spend a lot of time and consideration of what their lifestyle looks like, what I know they already have in their closet, and how I can maximize the value of their purchase.
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Want to shop with me? Even if you’re not in my Facebook community, I can still offer you amazing customer service.
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