After the jump, check out 15 online stores that are making it in this crazy, crazy world. Behind the scenes, they use Shopify. From free themes to discount codes, Shopify does the busywork, leaving store owners to focus on the fun stuff. See the stores and get a lifetime discount of 25% off Shopify!
As much as I love the Ed Hardy temporary tattoos from fast food vending machines (ironically, I swear), Tattly is like a dream come true. My affinity for temporary tattoos reached new levels with the launch of swissmiss designer Tina Roth Eisenberg’s site, featuring temp tatts from professional illustrators and designers. Within seven months of launch, Tattly had shipped 10,000 orders through its custom Shopify storefront.
2. Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab is known for their quirky infographic prints, and this custom Shopify storefront brings the same clean lines to their e-commerce. They’ve recently expanded beyond prints, into housewares as well, and I’m coveting the Cartography of Kitchenware apron like crazy.
Playbutton uses Shopify’s free Couture theme to market their customizable mp3 player buttons. Since their launch, they’ve collaborated with artists and designers alike, from Diane Von Furstenburg to Chiddy Bang. I think these would be so cool for parties and weddings!
5. Black Milk
Look at this sexy ass Shopify store! I mean, it takes a special kind of shop to make zebra print skater skirts AND Adventure Time onesies. And that shop is Black Milk, by James Lillis. James took a big risk moving his entire collection to his online shop, but after noticing an uptick in his online sales, by way of his blog, he went for it.
6. Mammoth & Co
Mammoth & Company is mountain man Troy Moth’s custom Shopify storefront, featuring prints and original art from artists worldwide. The clean lines and great fonts put the focus on the art, exactly where it should be. While you’re on his site, check out this awesome thread and paper piece by Hagar Vardimom.
Cuppow’s BPA and PHTHLATE free Ball jar adapters are the best. They can turn your regular Ball jar into a bento box, coffee mug or even a coffee pot. I’ve always thought these products were so innovative and easy, and their Shopify storefront isn’t any different. Bright and clean.
Holstee was founded as a collection of startups, from cafes to tshirts to bicycles, all with the principle of using less and doing more. From this, Holstee Prints was born. Their Shopify site has an awesome timeline in the About section and a simple design to let the art really stand out.
Eleanor’s is using Shopify’s Mr. Parker theme to market their stylish bicycle accessories for ladies. They have a blog featured on the site, that is also hosted by Shopify, and basically the cutest accessories on the planet. I MEAN LOOK AT THIS CAT IN A BASKET. I die.
Austrian and UK duo monie.ka and James started Hardgraft in 2006 after a journey through the outback of Australia. Once back in Austria, they focused their creativity into Apple cases that went beyond neoprene and focused on the small details. Their Shopify storefront reflects that same small detail, with a neat scrolling feature and links to their social media to keep fans connected. Check out their awesome wallets above.
I love Biko’s delicate, yet intense, statement pieces. Handcrafted jewelry by Corrine Anestopoulos, based out of Toronto, I’m super into her use of hover info on this Shopify site. It keeps the site clean without a bunch of prices, until you place that cursor over the piece you love.
12. Tanner Goods
Portland-based leatherwork company, Tanner Goods, focuses the incredible detail of craftsmanship. You can scroll through the beautiful photos of their goods, from soap to rucksacks, but my favorite is the free Portland field guide above.
13. Cozy Dock
Ireland’s CozyDock won a startup award for their one-size-fits-most smartphone case. Use it to prop your phone up and magnify the sound, while you watch teeny-tiny videos on your screen. Using Shopify means shoppers can effortlessly switch between Euros, USD and GBP to maximize their international profits.
14. Reef Knots
UK-based tie company Reef Knots uses Shopify to promote their mantra- Summertime All The Time. Just looking at the site for two seconds makes you feel like you’re in the Bahamas. These silk-screened ties have cute little patterns on them so you can still be silly, even when you’re dressed to the nines.
15. Noun Project
Humans have used symbols to communicate for millennia, and even today, our obsession with emojis is far more innate than we realize. The Noun Project was founded by husband and wife duo, Sofya Polyakov and Edward Boatman. Boatman told GOOD magazine that as a design student, he filled his notebooks with “seemingly ordinary objects” which he referred to as “nouns.” Using Shopify to market graphics designed by international illustrators, The Noun Project also lets you upload your own!
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