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!