*NEW* Feature Friday - MinkyShop 19th of April



New Feature Friday!
Featuring MinkyShop


Happy Friday everyone! This week's Feature is the most adorable, MinkyShop! They sell the amazing Lolita and Cosplay Japanese wear. Looking on their website I feel in my element, everything is so unique and cute and Minky is such a lovely person too.

Minky is a part-time student and model for much of the stock, Minky founded MinkyShop in 2004 as an ebay store. She followed her passion for fashion and helped open up a gateway for Japanese and Asian fashion clothing and footwear. Today, MinkyShop offer more variety, great prices and a friendly service that's in touch with the scene. Finding stock for followers of gorgeous eastern fashion is important, but they like to add a little extra fun with diverse and different products of the culture. As such, MinkyShop has had everything from Lolita dresses and footwear to Cosplay, Tabi Socks, Japanese video games and Hello Kitty car seat covers on their virtual shelves!

I completely adore the website's layout, the images are perfect and very well described for their customers. If your also unsure about the sizes on certain items they include size guides which is extra helpful! 



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Interview with Minky l Owner of MinkyShop


1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?

Ooh, fashion. Like all good Asian girls I studied business before fashion, which helped with setting up an online store. I love fashion and style, everything about the scene inspires me. Sometimes it only takes one image or glimpsing a pair of shoes to suddenly make me think about redesigning my entire wardrobe. I like the flexibility of fashion too: it's easy to go wrong if you don't think about your personality when you're buying clothes, but if you're sensible then experimenting with new styles is loads of fun. 

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?

My MinkyShoppers! Honestly, I have a really, really lovely community of buyers. I always communicate with honesty and transparency, and find that people warm to that and are really sweet and often contact me just to chat. I don't think business is about automated emails, it's important to be a real person.
They also respect that I'm only one girl and there's a lot of pressure involved, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for understanding that sometimes I'm just very busy.
Of course it's not all plain sailing: I have a lot of very young buyers who aren't too trustworthy of the internet and end up snapping at me impatiently if I don't respond quickly enough. Guys who don't read the listing info or FAQ, or let all my email go into their spam filter make life really hard lol!

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?

Opening the MinkyShop website! eBay selling was a nightmare, they made it almost impossible for me to carry on there so I had no choice but to leave. I walked into the scary unknown, spending seven months working non-stop to try to get a site together (with no experience). 
Thankfully my help was very good and on launch (nearly!) everything worked. It took almost a year to iron out the little hiccups, but not too many people noticed those thankfully. I love my store, I think it's the absolutely cutest website ever, exactly how I imagined it to be! ^_^

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?

Not sure really. MinkyShop can be very hard to run for me. I'm multi-lingual, which is the only reason I can maintain the operation, but all the east to west communication and trying to buy in new batches of stock can be challenging, especially at the rate Asian fashion is sells out at wholesale: it's all in high demand and stuff disappears right your nose a lot. I'd like to expand if I can and actually hire some staff. We'll see. 

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?

Passion and vision: there's no success without those two things, and that applies to anything you choose to do I think.

6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?
Probably the Purelove Sweater, I got a white one for myself and I love it. Too cool! The black sold out almost instantly, I'm hoping to get a restock soon.  


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MinkyShop currently have a sale on so you should head on over and see what bargains you can pick up, I know I will!

Which item or style would you dare to wear? Do let me know in the comments! Be interesting to see your views on this cute store.

To stay in the know of MinkyShop feel free to follow, like and check out their links!


Big thank you to Minky for allowing me to feature her! Means a lot to me!

   

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Friday, 19 April 2013

*NEW* Feature Friday - MinkyShop 19th of April



New Feature Friday!
Featuring MinkyShop


Happy Friday everyone! This week's Feature is the most adorable, MinkyShop! They sell the amazing Lolita and Cosplay Japanese wear. Looking on their website I feel in my element, everything is so unique and cute and Minky is such a lovely person too.

Minky is a part-time student and model for much of the stock, Minky founded MinkyShop in 2004 as an ebay store. She followed her passion for fashion and helped open up a gateway for Japanese and Asian fashion clothing and footwear. Today, MinkyShop offer more variety, great prices and a friendly service that's in touch with the scene. Finding stock for followers of gorgeous eastern fashion is important, but they like to add a little extra fun with diverse and different products of the culture. As such, MinkyShop has had everything from Lolita dresses and footwear to Cosplay, Tabi Socks, Japanese video games and Hello Kitty car seat covers on their virtual shelves!

I completely adore the website's layout, the images are perfect and very well described for their customers. If your also unsure about the sizes on certain items they include size guides which is extra helpful! 



--------------------------------------------------

Interview with Minky l Owner of MinkyShop


1) What has been your key inspiration to your current career?

Ooh, fashion. Like all good Asian girls I studied business before fashion, which helped with setting up an online store. I love fashion and style, everything about the scene inspires me. Sometimes it only takes one image or glimpsing a pair of shoes to suddenly make me think about redesigning my entire wardrobe. I like the flexibility of fashion too: it's easy to go wrong if you don't think about your personality when you're buying clothes, but if you're sensible then experimenting with new styles is loads of fun. 

2) What do you enjoy the most about your job?

My MinkyShoppers! Honestly, I have a really, really lovely community of buyers. I always communicate with honesty and transparency, and find that people warm to that and are really sweet and often contact me just to chat. I don't think business is about automated emails, it's important to be a real person.
They also respect that I'm only one girl and there's a lot of pressure involved, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for understanding that sometimes I'm just very busy.
Of course it's not all plain sailing: I have a lot of very young buyers who aren't too trustworthy of the internet and end up snapping at me impatiently if I don't respond quickly enough. Guys who don't read the listing info or FAQ, or let all my email go into their spam filter make life really hard lol!

3) To date, what has been your 'proudest' moment?

Opening the MinkyShop website! eBay selling was a nightmare, they made it almost impossible for me to carry on there so I had no choice but to leave. I walked into the scary unknown, spending seven months working non-stop to try to get a site together (with no experience). 
Thankfully my help was very good and on launch (nearly!) everything worked. It took almost a year to iron out the little hiccups, but not too many people noticed those thankfully. I love my store, I think it's the absolutely cutest website ever, exactly how I imagined it to be! ^_^

4) Where do you see yourself in the future?

Not sure really. MinkyShop can be very hard to run for me. I'm multi-lingual, which is the only reason I can maintain the operation, but all the east to west communication and trying to buy in new batches of stock can be challenging, especially at the rate Asian fashion is sells out at wholesale: it's all in high demand and stuff disappears right your nose a lot. I'd like to expand if I can and actually hire some staff. We'll see. 

5) What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to go down the same career path as yourself?

Passion and vision: there's no success without those two things, and that applies to anything you choose to do I think.

6) Which would you say is your favourite item off your website at the moment?
Probably the Purelove Sweater, I got a white one for myself and I love it. Too cool! The black sold out almost instantly, I'm hoping to get a restock soon.  


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----------------------------------------------------

MinkyShop currently have a sale on so you should head on over and see what bargains you can pick up, I know I will!

Which item or style would you dare to wear? Do let me know in the comments! Be interesting to see your views on this cute store.

To stay in the know of MinkyShop feel free to follow, like and check out their links!


Big thank you to Minky for allowing me to feature her! Means a lot to me!

   
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