Anna Bance and Xavier de Lecaros-Aquise, founders of Girl Meets Dress, dress rental service, share their favourite sites.

Entrepreneurial couple Anna Bance and Xavier de Lecaros-Aquise are the founders of Girl Meets Dress, the multi-award winning online dress rental service which allows you to hire designer dresses and accessories from over 150 of the best international designers for as little as 5% of their retail price.

We all have those pieces at the back of the wardrobe, bought for yet another wedding/party/job interview but then not worn more than a couple of times. Girl Meets Dress reconciles such fashion conundrums perfectly. Hiring a dress allows women to very easily wear more trend led, time-sensitive fashions, while continuing to invest only in those classic pieces which will stand the test of time.

Girl Meets Dress can lend you over 4000 designer pieces from the likes of Herve Leger, Halston Heritage, Tibi, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Philip Lim ... to name just a few. It will deliver the dress to you – at your home, at your office, wherever you want it – and all you have to do is have fun in it and send it back when you're done. It’s like your new best friend with the massive designer wardrobe who is cool enough to let you borrow whatever you want whenever you want.


EDITD - Fashion trends visualized. These clever guys at Editd analyse web and trend data for fashion companies to enable trend forecasting. Run by a brilliant couple, EDITD is one of the most stylish new websites we've seen and they have ALL the latest Fashion facts which we constantly refer to!!

Boticca - A treasure trove of handpicked worldwide fashion accessories from super start-up labels and emerging designers. Really addictive to browse and a great site which we will be using to source unique Christmas presents!

Directors Of .COM - Created by Leon Bailey-Green, this business network is an essential source of news and interviews and helps internet business people connect with one another through editorial coverage, introductions and events. The yearly ‘Online Fashion 100’ is also a must have read for anyone in ecommerce.

A Suit That Fits - Never wear the same suit as someone else! It offers individually hand tailored suits with over 40 billion style combinations available. The company recently launched a women’s section and also has physical stores around the country before your final unique design is sent off to Nepal to get made – genius!

Echosign - A huge lifesaver which recently got bought by Adobe. This little gem helps you send your documents back and forth for signing in a giffy. Gone are the endless scanning and back and forth emails for the most basic of documents!

18 October 2011