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Jigoshop Showcase #4 Collette Costello Fashion

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Collette Costello Fashion Homepage

Collette Costello Fashion Factory – www.collettecostello.co.uk

There’s a growing number of fashion and clothing shops using Jigoshop for WordPress eCommerce, and one reason is that we take care of the backend to let you really focus on a unique design. And that’s what Collette Costello Fashion has got after working with Manchester Design Agency Carbon Creative.

What really stands out is the custom iconography which really catches your eye and does a great job of conveying a unique personality and style for the business, which fits perfectly as an independent online fashion retailer with a range of unique and exclusive designs. The slideshow on the homepage really does a great job of explaining the reasons for visiting, whilst the Blog and Contact Sections mix the relevant information with design that intrigues you into reading more.

But perhaps you’re here to buy?

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If you ever had any doubts about the number of products you can sell via Jigoshop, then the range available here should give you some confidence. As David Cunningham from Carbon Creative says:

“We’d used another eCommerce solution for the last two years which was a good product but just too clunky. What attracted us to Jigoshop was initially the back office. Its just so clean and easy to use for admins.”

The design tweaks really highlight the Cart and Contact options to reassure potential purchasers, and there’s no way you can miss the price and purchase options for each product if you want to buy straight away. Plus the category page really shows how extensive the range is to highlight the different designs and colours to let you pick the product which matches your outfit or catches your eye, and the same is true of the dresses page.

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And if that hasn’t convinced you, then there’s good use made of the individual product pages with multiple images and product descriptions. And the best news for us? The payment options and gateways have helped the shop to increase their sales already:

“The front end has all the basic features that a shop needs, and the checkout options for ‘Bank transfer’, ‘Cheque’ and ‘Paypal’ has helped Collette Costello to increase
sales since the launch.

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So running and administering the shop is easier, and sales have already increased since launch, which is great proof of what our functionality and great design can achieve. And David also mentions one aspect of Jigoshop that we really focus on and are continually striving to improve and make the best – our support for you:

“To top it all off the support is just second to none. I had a couple of
teething issues which turned out to be down to a 3rd party hosting
company. Jigoshop were very prompt and helpful with their advice.

Whether you’re building a shop for your own business, or you’re a designer, developer or agency, the combination of the public support forms and our premium support options mean that you can have confidence in Jigoshop, which is particularly important if you’re building a store for a client.

We can only hope that the fashion influence improves the standards of sartorial elegance in the Jigoshop office. And make sure you share your work with Jigoshop either on the Forum, or by emailing [email protected] for a future showcase.

Jigoshop Showcase #2 Look Darling Vintage Wedding Dresses

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We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is a series highlighting the amazing stores that have come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Look Darling 1950s Wedding Dresses – www.lookdarling.com

When we first saw Look Darling, we have to admit everyone in the office was really impressed. If your business sells something as stylish as vintage wedding and evening dresses, then you need your website to measure up – and we’re also proud that Jigoshop is being used to power something as important to people as buying a dress for one of the most important days of their lives!

The homepage really combines a clean and simple navigation and product display with enough character from the period to reinforce that the people behind the company know their stuff. In fact the business started when founder Emma was looking for her own dress, and the two years of hard work before launching seems to have paid off:

Look Darling Homepage

Obviously buying a vintage dress or shoes is going to be an investment, so the team behind the website (Emma, husband Nick and designer Raphael) have put time and effort into ensuring that the individual product pages utilise several images of each product, a unique description (which is important for search engines), and make good use of related products.

Why did Look Darling pick Jigoshop?

We exchanged emails with Nick from Look Darling and found that he’d already used some of alternative CMS and eCommerce platforms before Jigoshop, but found that the interfaces weren’t intuitive, the time to market was slow, and some options meant that the site would look like a turnkey solution – which obviously wouldn’t suit gorgeous dresses and shoes.

In addition to Jigoshop offering all the required functionality and the speed – “We could have been up and running the same day if I wasn’t so picky getting the design spot on”, Nick also loves the fact that “It just seemed to work. No wasting my life tweaking or messing about to do basic things”. That’s great for us to hear, and also great for Nick who also works as Technical Director at a digital company, so needs something that does the job quickly and effectively.

We’ll leave the last words to Nick.

“The support is excellent and the growing community seems like it’s a winner, plus I really don’t mind paying sensible money for the quality of the additional components you offer”

Previous Jigoshop Showcases:

Jigoshop Showcase #1: Angel Bean Baby Shoes

Jigoshop Showcase #1 Angel Bean Baby Shoes

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Jigoshop Showcase #1 Angel Bean Baby Shoes

We love to see the great online shops which are being created using Jigoshop, and this is just the first blog post highlighting one of the amazing stores that has come to our attention. If you’ve gone live with an implementation of Jigoshop, and would like to be featured and promoted, email [email protected]

Angel Bean Soft Leather Baby Shoes – www.angelbean.co.uk

Angel Bean create soft leather baby shoes, and was inspired by Founder Bev giving birth to Dylan, her first child. With the help of web designer husband Alex, they’ve just launched the Angel Bean website in summer 2011. And it looks particularly nice.

Obviously the design reinforces the fact that the shoes themselves are pretty cute, and then selecting the Shop gives you the handy Categories Menu, and the always useful Tag Cloud. Alex, who built the site, has used other eCommerce plugins for WordPress, and very nicely says ‘Jigoshop has been by far the easiest and most pleasant to integrate. The themes are great (responsive!) and the backend has everything you’d need. So the overall integration was really easy.’

At the moment Angel Beans are using a grouped product to display the two available sizes for each shoe design, but with configurable products due to be released shortly, that’ll be made easier very soon. And not only have are the ‘You May Also Like’ lists encouraging us to buy several pairs of booties, but there’s a very nice and clean integration of sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

So if you’re looking for a lovely example of Jigoshop in a nicely-designed online store, or you have a young child or own on the way, it’s worth checking out Angel Beans. About the only thing they could add now is a Jigoshop bootie design!