the best virtual personal shopping services, from Selfridges to Bicester Village


Selfridges’ digital procuring service was nearly seamless. I booked a time slot on-line and acquired a pre-appointment name from Jada, my designated elf (it’s “Elfridges” for Christmas, you see) who wished to get a greater concept of what I used to be after, forward our video name which this time can be happening in retailer on the Oxford Street flagship.

I saved the temporary easy: presents for my 5 closest girlfriends; no candles, booze or meals, simply enjoyable stuff please, and nothing over £50. “The build-up was thrilling: I acquired a flurry of countdown texts to get me in a festive procuring temper, in order that when Jada did name, it felt like I had been given personal entry to a secret procuring emporium, marred solely by the truth that the reception minimize out a number of occasions till she discovered a dependable Wi-Fi supply. It’s a must to be affected person; procuring this manner isn’t for the time poor.

Like most members of workers who’re shepherding this new digital service, Jada is a private stylist who often takes care of the shop’s necessary worldwide shoppers. As such, she’s effectively versed within the artwork of discovering individuals precisely what they want, and much more adept at suggesting issues they didn’t know they wished. In my case this was a really cool moveable ping pong table, some Mondrian coasters and a nifty courgette grater. Jada was filled with vivid concepts, and the expertise bore some semblance to “regular” procuring as a result of she launched a way of journey into the searching expertise. At one level, she really ran up the escalator. (Go Anneka! I imply, Jada!). My cost hyperlink got here via WhatsApp, so the transaction was additionally hassle-free.