Why is the American Urban Outfitters so much better than the UK one?

8 Jun

I first discovered Urban Outfitters when I lived in L.A and fell in love with their quirky homewears and funky jewellery at bargain basement prices. (In fact, almost everything I bought over there ended up coming from either their Santa Monica store or Melrose Avenue one – sad but true!). I also have a great fondness for the New York branches too. But in the UK, Urban Outfitters is different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan and I’d rather have it than not have it, but basically:

1. It’s over-priced – not only in comparison to their US counterpart, but also they mark-up everything. So you can find the same things (like animal face mugs, pigeon lights and crinkle cups) at the Design Museum or Thorsten van Elten for quite a bit less.

2. It doesn’t have as much choice as the US ones – check out the American site and you’ll see they get amazing furniture at amazing prices, cuter kitchen stuff and pretty print pillows and bedspreads. To prove my point, here’s a few things from the site that the UK ones just don’t have (and if they did, would charge you twice the price). Time to get a US postal address methinks!


3 Responses to “Why is the American Urban Outfitters so much better than the UK one?”

  1. atia 17/07/2009 at 10:12 PM #

    have to agree with you there. i have a copy of Living Etc magazine which claims you can ship UO furniture here, but I tried to order some and it said to remove it from my basket!

    • Conversation Pieces 20/07/2009 at 9:53 AM #

      Yeah I’ve seen that before Atia… I actually emailed the US Urban recently to ask what they did ship and they said you have to read the full product listing as it will tell you if it doesn’t ship internationally. As far as I can gather that means you can buy some pillows (but not all of them), prints and little accessories… that’s it! Boo! 😉

      • UUOB 21/06/2010 at 9:10 PM #

        Good news though, Urban Outfitters UK are slowly becoming more US-driven! Expect the usual kitsch styles you loved in the states – available soon across the pond soon 🙂

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