MADE WITH RESPECT
Me Me is a social discovery channel and high-end department store for consumers and brands who love products made with respect. We are the champions, storytellers & international marketers for conscious luxury boutique brands from every corner of the world. Each brand respects craftsmanship, makers and our planet. Our brands are handcrafted or are produced in small batches. There are no factory-made brands here. Our mission is to ensure these extraordinary brands succeed, thrive and scale with integrity.
HOW IT WORKS
Me Me operates in one currency (US$) so that brands and customers have consistency of pricing, no matter where they are based. (Soon we will have localised currency convertors). Me Me eBranches are based in different major international cities, as virtual offices The business model uses direct drop-shipping between the brand and customer, to avoid the need for storage, distribution of inventory, and the associated inventory risk. This enables brands to receive the majority of the purchase price, to present their entire range to the world, and have access to international audiences and world-class marketing support. It frees brands from upfront costs and risks of in-house or advertising agency-made marketing; in such a way that makes a direct correlation between marketing done and sales achieved. Every product purchased is sent direct from the atelier or workshop of the respective brands. We've done this so that you can shop every item (including made-to-order and limited editions) in their range, rather than being limited to their best sellers, which is the usual practice for most retailers. As such, you may receive multiple parcels from one purchase. If this is the case, there will be a nominal freight cost (US$5 same country, US$15 same continent/region, US$40 Rest of World) for the parcel from each brand, as they are located in every corner of the globe. This will slightly increase the total price , but remember, you are buying handmade, small-batch products from brands that respect craftsmanship, makers and the world we live in. Isn't it worth paying that little bit more?
WHY FREIGHT MATTERS
It’s not easy for boutique businesses to survive in the shadows of luxury retail giants like Selfridges, net-a-porter and Chanel. The giants have economies of scale and vast distribution deals that enable them to offer free shipping for online purchases. Hand-crafted boutique brands have the additional burden of higher production costs, as they are making in small batches, made-to-order, bespoke, or one-offs, in order to maintain the integrity of skill in their craft. There are no factories, large production runs or face-less makers in our world. Currently, when boutique brands offer free shipping, they are absorbing the cost from margins that are already small. This is why Me Me needs to charge a nominal freight fee for couriering your purchase. All purchases are drop shipped (sent direct from their atelier or workshop) to customer, as this enables Me Me to stock the entire range of each brand, rather than just a select few. Brands represented on Me Me are located across 45 countries, many with prohibitive courier costs. Me Me's aim is to grow to an extend where we can provide our brands with global courier rates equivalent to the giants. Until then, we appreciate your support.
NEW YORK MANAGING PARTNER
Lauren (Lulu) Taylor Growing up on the Upper East Side, my beloved nanny and I used to walk from our apartment over on 5th Avenue to the boutique stores on Madison Avenue for our daily shop. It was my favorite part of the day. The shop owners were dear friends, who greeted us warmly by name. They spoiled me, offering little gifts: A perfect African violet from Miss Constance the florist, a slice of heavenly prosciutto from Paul the butcher, a a tiny French hand milled soap from Mrs. Jean. Each store was unique and special, displaying items of exceptional quality and beauty. I miss the Madison Avenue of my childhood and knowing the merchants and their stories. Many of the lovely little stores have been replaced with large chain stores with sales people who come and go. But fortunately, around the world there are still people making incredible items with the same dedication to excellence and commitment to quality and community. At Me Me New York, we have created a global neighborhood of special brands run by real human beings with kind values, who work hard to protect the environment and champion small batch, all natural, artisan traditions. All our brands have clear supply chains, no factories. Me Me is a community of exceptional people and products you can trust. I'm excited to share their individual stories and connect you to like-minded people. My hope is that shopping with us will bring you "Luxury with Peace of Mind." xx Lulu
My daughter Lila living the free range life in New Zealand.
A little bit more about me...
As a native New Yorker and daughter of the founding director of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, I’ve had the most amazing upbringing; surrounded by artists, designers, writers, photographers and philanthropists. Growing up in a world of creativity shaped me deeply. I was captivated watching my mother’s dream grow from drawings into one of the world’s best design museums. Our life with craftsmen, artists, and designers embedded my lifelong love and respect for the ways of life that art and design seek to facilitate. Fresh out of university, I did a deep dive into fashion and fine arts. My first business was representing American fashion houses and writing and distributing industry news. I had additional jaunts working at Sotheby's and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Walking one night after midnight in DC, I met my husband Noah and we began a life of adventure. Three feisty baby daughters joined us and finding myself in the world of beautiful babies and young families, I turned my lifelong passion for photography into a full-time career. Over the next decade, as my husband’s tech career and my own photography business grew, we had the amazing fortune to live in Connecticut, Palm Beach, Santa Monica, Bordeaux and London. We are now settled in a semi-nomadic life between New Zealand and Martha’s Vineyard with time of course, in New York City. During this time, my photography business flourished but it was hard to keep going while constantly moving countries. So, after meeting Susan and Carolyn through Noah (who has worked with Carolyn previously) and hearing about Me Me, I was hooked. I knew Me Me was the perfect next chapter. The passion behind the idea aligns perfectly with what I care about: facilitating ways of life that resonate with meaning and beauty. I am excited to use my creative skills as a photographer and to have the incredible opportunity to work with artists and artisans from around the world with great big conscience hearts.