Let’s face it, the big go-to stores for a lot of us are Zara or H&M. We’re familiar with the styles, the quality, and the pricing. There are times when you just want something different, to be able to shop online for some new jeans or a t-shirt. This usually means one of two things. Looking to Taobao, with a certain level of apprehension as to the authenticity and quality of what you might receive, or ordering from overseas and therefore waiting at least a month before it arrives. And if it doesn’t fit, returns overseas can be expensive. This is where Zooq.com comes in.
The bilingual (English/Chinese) website is a firm favorite of mine. It’s a little bit like Asos.com, with a range of smart, trendy, and affordable Western brands. With dozens of labels, including the UK brands Lipsy, Jovonna London, Full Circle, and Religion, the US brands Free People and Isabel Lu, and Australian brands Cameo, Finders Keepers, and Mink Pink.
Unlike many stores in Beijing, items are sold according to the individual brand’s recommended retail price, so there are no big mark-ups. Customer service is fantastic, and delivery to Beijing is super quick. Stock is dispatched from their Shanghai-based warehouse, so goods are guaranteed to arrive within one to two days. You can do online payment using PayPal or UnionPay, or alternatively you can pay cash on delivery. They also have a hassle-free, no questions asked 10-day exchange and returns policy, plus a bilingual phone and online help-desk. Because all of their products have already cleared customs, there are no hidden fees and tax charges.
Prices range from RMB 1,150 to 400 for dresses, RMB 800 to RMB 250 for shirts and blouses, and RMB 850 to 150 for trousers. They have a great range of accessories, including jewelry from Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960, shoes from Australian brand Sol Sana, and handbags from Rafe. Sizes range from XS, S, M, L, which is equivalent to a UK 8, 10, 12, 14 UK or EU 36 38 40 42.
The great thing with Zooq.com is the more you spend, the more you save. With their membership rewards, you can earn points as you spend, which can be redeemed against future purchases. Right now there’s a clearance sale on, with up to 70 per cent off some items, plus an extra 15 per cent off everything on the site.
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.