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New York's iconic skyline will look incredibly different in just a few years


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Anyone who has walked through Midtown Manhattan in the past year has probably noticed the construction cranes and scaffolding crowding the sidewalks: The area is in the midst of a skyscraper boom.

The new construction is so dramatic — and happening so fast — that the city's skyline could be completely transformed in a matter of years.

The change will be particularly robust around 57th Street, where six new luxury high rises are under construction, casting long shadows over Central Park and earning the street the nickname "Billionaires' Row."

One57 already stands at 1,005 feet, making it one of the city's tallest residential towers. Its height was recently surpassed by 432 Park, which will top out at 1,396 feet and where a condo recently broke records for selling for $100.5 millionNordstrom Tower will reportedly rise 1,775 feet in the air when it's completed in several years.

The rendering below, from construction-tracking site New York YIMBY, shows what the south-facing view of the city will look like from Central Park in 2020.

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Skeptics say the new buildings will block views and cast long shadows across Central Park. But that hasn't slowed development at all. The top rendering shows the park today; the bottom shows what it will look like when construction is finished (courtesy of the Municipal Art Society of New York).

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While the biggest boom is taking place around the southern border of Central Park, there are new skyscrapers going up all over New York City. To get a better idea of how new construction will transform the central part of Manhattan in the next few years, take a look at these before-and-after images from RentCafe.

The "before" image below is from 2007. It shows Lincoln Square, at 62nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, slightly to the north and west of "Billionaires' Row." The "after" image includes Hawthorn Park, a luxury rental high-rise.

 Nearby, also on the lower portion of the Upper West Side, four luxury residential towers have risen in recent years. The Aldyn, The Rushmore, 40 Riverside Boulevard, and The Ashley, all on Riverside South, were constructed after 2007, according to RentCafe.

 MiMA, a mixed-use building at 42nd Street and 10th Avenue, transformed the neighborhood when it was completed in 2011. The tower is 63 stories tall.

It's all part of the cycle in the City that Never Sleeps.

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How unknown British actress Emilia Clarke became a breakout star on 'Game of Thrones'


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Just a few short years ago, unknown British actress Emilia Clarke had just two filming credits on her résumé: walk-on roles in a soap opera and a made-for-TV movie.

Now the "Mother of Dragons" reportedly earns north of $7 million per season in "Game of Thrones," the most watched show in HBO history. Season five comes to a close on Sunday.

July 1, Clarke reprises the role of Sarah Connor in "Terminator Genisys."

Born in the fall of 1986, Emilia Clarke grew up in the picturesque county of Buckinghamshire, in the south of England.

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At boarding school, she coxed, or steered, the boys' eight-rower boat. That is, until she steered the team down the wrong tunnel and got them disqualified at a Henley regatta.

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A girlie-girl, she developed an early obsession with Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady." She would often say, "I swear on Chanel," when she wanted to be taken seriously.

Source: Harpers Bazaar

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Here's how much celebrities are paid to wear designer dresses on the red carpet


Celebrities often make red-carpet appearances look easy as they breeze by photographers with perfect smiles, well-coiffed hair, and beautiful dresses that have been tailored to fit every inch of their bodies like a glove.

Sofia Vergara red carpetBut there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work and secret deals with fashion designers that goes into getting a celebrity looking perfect for the red carpet and its awaiting flashbulbs.

Naomi Watts Cannes red carpet paparazziCelebrity stylists Jessica Paster, Erin Walsh, Brad Goreski, and Brandon Maxwell recently sat down with The Cut senior editor Isabel Wilkinson at the Vulture Festival to discuss a side of the business that is rarely talked about the financials.

Oftentimes, designers pay celebrities and their stylists for a certain dress to be worn at a big event.

While stylists Goreski and Maxwell said they've never been offered money to dress an A-list client, Paster painted a very different picture.

Jessica Paster Brad Goreski"It's prevalent across the board," said Paster, whose clients have included Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Miranda Kerr, Sandra Bullock, and Rachel McAdams, among many others. "Jewelry people are paying, shoe people are paying, tampon companies are paying, everyone is paying!"

When it comes to celebrity dressing, Paster says the financial breakdown looks something like this:

"It could be just paying the stylist and we get anywhere between $30,000 to $50,0000. Or it's paying the actress something between $100,000 and $250,000."

Jessica Paster Abbie CornishBut, she warns, "Nothing is ever signed, if a dress works, it works. But if the dress looks awful on a client, $250,000 or less is not worth wearing it."

"If it looks gorgeous on you and this is the dress we were going to pick anyway, why not be paid?" asked Paster, explaining that she prefers to call paid relationships between celebrities and brands "ambassadorships."

"They're ambassadorships and you start relationships with them [the brand], and then eventually, the actress often does get a campaign from them because they have a relationship with her," explains Paster.

"I don't seek these things out, but I think you put the most beautiful dress on the girl and if you get paid that's a plus," Paster continued. "I'm not going to use a dress that's not right for a girl and get paid, that's wrong. I always tell my assistants, don't worry about the money the money will come, just do a beautiful job."

Celebrity stylist Goreski admits that brands often do pay to be showcased on the red carpet.

"If someone shows up to the Oscars in a black dress and huge statement necklace, chances are they're being paid by a jewelry company," Goreski revealed.

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But as for why the topic of celebs being paid to wear certain gowns is so hush-hush, Goreski thinks it's nobody else's business.

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"Why do any of us need to know how they're making their money?" asked Goreski. "It's not like they're trafficking drugs, they're being paid to wear a dress. So what? If someone offered me $150,000 to show up in a beautiful custom made gown by X designer, I'd be like, 'Where do I sign?!'"

Maxwell summed it up quite nicely: "The whole point of an actress having a stylist is so you can make more money, or more people want to hire you, or the brand that you're wearing is making more money because it's driving sales. It's all wrapped up in money — it's Hollywood — we're not at church."

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One of the tackiest trends from the '80s is back, and it's taking college campuses by storm


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The fanny pack is back.

What used to be a major fashion faux pas is now trendier than ever — especially on college campuses.

If you search #fannypack on Instagram, you'll find 110,000 results, and almost none of them are mocking the waist purse.

Why the comeback?

It seems college students have finally caught on to what dorky dads have known for decades: fanny packs are just plain convenient. 

"A fanny pack is small enough that it holds the essentials, such as your keys, ID, money, and cell phone, while also being hands free," explains Wake Forest sophomore Elizabeth Coogan. 

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Coogan didn't know about the trend until she was introduced to them by her college sorority sisters. 

"I got my first fanny pack when I went to college and I absolutely love it," she said. "Ever since I got mine, it’s the one thing I consistently bring with me when I go anywhere where I would be worried about losing my purse."

Sororities are major contributors to the rise in pack popularity, with many companies, like GreekU,  selling customizable options to sisterhoods across the country.

"The fanny pack has been our biggest product over the last year, it's extremely popular and the majority of the orders come from sororities, with the occasional fraternity," Daniel Passov, owner of GreekU, told BI.  


Passov has seen huge increase in demand over the past two academic years. From the 2013-2014 school year to the 2014-2015 school year, GreekU's orders for fanny packs have increased 130%, Passov said. 

"That's 2.3 times the amount of product we were doing before, that's huge," he explained.

Greek systems on college campuses offer a traditionally steady business.

"The Greek industry hasn't grown and what Greek societies order is very consistent. They get very specific things for annual events." Passov said. "It's only once and awhile you get a really hot item that sells this well."


GreekU's spike in fanny pack sales is unlike others he has seen before. "I want to be in a sorority solely for the fanny pack," a girl named Samantha Rubenstein tweeted in November of 2014.

"Traditional increases on hot ticket items are 10%, maybe 20%," Passov said. 

 Online stores that closely monitor their search engine traffic have also picked up on the trend.

"We've seen that Google searches for the term 'fanny pack' are up by about 30% in 2015 over 2014," explained Evan Mendelsohn, owner of Tipsy Elves, an online store which sells novelty and theme apparel and accessories. 

"We first started selling fanny packs in 2011 and we have definitely seen a significant year over year increase in both demand and sales," Mendelsohn told BI. "We think a lot of this demand comes from a proliferation in music festivals, where festival-goers routinely wear fanny packs as a convenient and hands-free way to carry their valuables and accessories."  




Mendelsohn's theory about musical festivals add ups. This year, fanny packs were all the rage at the Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York City

The return of the fanny pack has also been documented in BuzzFeed multiple times as of late.

Even brick-and-mortar stores are noticing the uptick. Millennial staple American Apparel has also seen an uptick in their fanny pack sales. From 2010 to 2014, the company sold 170 thousand fanny pack units, with 60 thousand of them selling in the last year, a representative from American Apparel told BI.

"The fanny packs have been doing better and better," the company said. 




As for wearing a fanny pack, ignore the name and turn the pack around. The predominant style these days is to wear the pack slung over the hips and abdomen, at a slightly lower point than where the packs were worn in the '80s.

"I find it more convenient to wear it on the front and clip it in the back so whatever is inside is easily accessible," explained Elon University sophomore Maddy. "But as long as a person feels confident wearing the fanny pack, there is no right or wrong way to wear it."

But somehow, people who remember the last time fanny packs were popular haven't quite realized the packs are back en vogue.




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The 23 best beaches in America


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You don't have to go far to sink your feet into some soft white sand or plunge into clear aquamarine waters. Some of the world's best beaches are right here in the US.

For this list, we looked at seven notable beach rankings compiled by travel experts, vacationers, and water-quality researchers and combined these rankings to come up with the ultimate list of the best beaches in the US.

The rankings we used were Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches for 2015Trip Advisor's 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards Top 25 Beaches in the United States, Travel Channel's Top 10 US Beaches, Forbes' America's Top 10 Beaches of 2014, Men's Journal's The 20 Best Beaches in America, Coastal Living's 21 Best Beaches, and Thrillist's The 25 Best Beaches in America.

23. Hanalei Bay in Kauai, Hawaii, is the island's largest bay (close to three miles long) and is also home to Hanalei Beach — a 125-feet-wide stretch of pure white sand.

22. East Hampton, New York’s Main Beach is both pristine and secluded, making it the perfect destination for those seeking luxury without the crowds.

21. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park sits on a barrier island on the southwest coast of Florida near Naples. It boasts beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as birdwatching, snorkeling, hiking, and fishing.

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Bizarre photos of Chinese shoppers napping at Ikea


The beds and couches at Ikea are communal nap spots in China. 

Photographer Kevin Frayer captured the phenomenon for Getty Images last summer. 

Eight of the world's 10 biggest Ikea stores are in China, where the home goods store is expanding to accommodate the growing middle class. The retailer recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

"The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair," according to Frayer. "Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out."

The stores are a refuge in the summer heat. 

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The quality of life across the world in one infographic


We may think we have a general idea of how happy people are across the globe depending on where they are — but it's hard to put yourself in someone else's shoes.

Sergiu George from Movehub, an international moving site, has put together a great infographic that compiles a bunch of survey information to give us a good look at the whole snapshot.

They note that the data was compiled by Numbeo.com from online survey information. And countries marked with an asterisk have "low data reliability." There are also some countries where data was not available.

But still, some of the results are really quite eye-opening.

Take a look:

Living Costs World Map


Courtesy of MoveHub: Quality of Life Around the World

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This grumpy grandmother walked away from viral fame — now she's back to defend her throne from a copycat


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An English grandmother who was an internet sensation in 2013 is coming out of retirement after a copycat started stealing her photos and passing them off as his own.

Jean Nokes became a Twitter sensation when her grandson, Jaime Nokes, began balancing random objects on top of her head and photographing the results. But when people began stopping her in the street for selfies, they decided to stop the project, BuzzFeed's Ryan Broderick reports.

Now, there's a copycat account called Thingsonmygrandma stealing Nokes' pictures. The copycat has even more followers than the original, with over 66,000 followers to Nokes' 33,000.

"It's really weird they have gained more followers than the original account," Nokes told BuzzFeed.

The grandmother-grandson team is now striking back, reclaiming their territory as internet superstars. 



The story begins in 2013, when Jaime Nokes (pictured below) was an 18-year-old living in Manchester, England. He began tweeting images of random objects balanced on his grandmother's head. 



The Twitter account went viral, attracting tens of thousands of followers. 


Twitter users quickly fell in love with his grandmother, Jean. She's said she finds the internet "daft," according to BuzzFeed.



After a two-year hiatus, Nokes began to post new pictures of things on his nan in April. 



Now that he's decided to start up the account again, he plans to "do more pictures and watermark them," BuzzFeed reports.



He recently created an Instagram account for Things on my Nan, and it's a big hit. He regularly receives thousands of likes on his posts.



She's now also lending her onscreen talents to a Vine account. 



Once again, internet users are obsessed with Jean, her nightgown and the random objects on top of her head. Nokes' Twitter account currently has 38,700 followers, and his Instagram account has 22,000. 




Two weeks ago, Nokes asked his followers to submit edited photos with new objects placed on top of his nan.

"Send me your edits of my nan lol, I run out of things, I was planning on putting an actual car on her but I don't think she could handle that," he wrote in an Instagram comment. 




Although Thingsonmynan has a devoted fan base, Nokes has received some criticism for using his grandmother to achieve internet fame.

"I don't see her laughing and neither am I..." someone wrote to Nokes, according to his Twitter account. "On almost all of those pics she looks clearly 'out of it' to me."



But Nokes says his grandmother enjoys being in the photos.

"Nan's not bothered, she finds it funny," he told The Sun in 2013. 



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This chart shows where the 20 largest hotels in the world are located


Bigger, better, taller, more luxurious — it comes as no surprise that more than half of the world’s 20 largest hotels are located in Las Vegas.

To put it into perspective, these hotels are basically mini cities, the largest one, the MGM Grand, featuring a whopping 6,852 rooms. And even the smallest hotel on the list, The Palazzo in Las Vegas, has 3,000 rooms, which means that it could hold about the same number of people as those currently living in Aspen, CO.

Of the world's 20 largest hotels, 13 of them are located in the US. Several of the other hotels are located in Asia: The world's second-largest hotel is located in Malaysia's Genting Highlands, and the world's 7th-largest hotel is located in Pattaya, Thailand.

Check out the infographic below by Dadaviz to see the world's 20 largest hotels.

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Business Insider's West Coast bureau just moved to an amazing office — come on in and meet the team!


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Two years ago, Business Insider opened a West Coast bureau in the heart of San Francisco. It's since moved locations twice because of rapid expansion.

In June, the nine-person editorial team plus sales staff packed up once again and moved into WeWork's brand-spanking-new high-rise at 535 Mission St.

Step inside to see where we work.

This was our old space in San Francisco's Financial District. Both the editorial and sales teams outgrew it!

Here are some of our intrepid reporters lugging supplies to the new office.

It's located at 535 Mission Street, a brand spanking new skyscraper just south of Market Street.

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I played the course where they're having the US Open — it's going to drive the pros nuts


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This week is the U.S. Open, the second "major" golf tournament of the year.

Unlike in years past, this year's U.S. Open will not feature thick rough and narrow fairways. 

Instead, it will be played on a links-style course just outside of Seattle. 

The course is called Chambers Bay, and it is going to drive the professionals crazy. The greens have wild undulations. The fairways have fescue grass, which is more coarse than the grass on traditional courses. 

Chambers Bay is a links-style public course that was built in 2007 by Robert Trent Jones II. It was built on a former gravel mine.  It's a seriously gorgeous golf course with jaw dropping views of the Puget Sound. 

Here's an overview of the whole course from the restaurant at the top of the property. A shuttle takes you down to the driving range and the course. On the right is the par-5 eighth hole.

Here's one more overview. On the left, right in front, is the par-3 ninth hole.

Here's the awesome message inscribed on the range balls. More people should take this to heart. Playing the tips of a course is generally pointless, unless you're a single digit handicapper who booms drives.

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Here's how to eat a lobster from nose to tail — nasty bits and all


lobster meat.JPGThere's no easier entrance into the world of nose-to-tail eating than through the head, claws, and tail of a whole lobster. 

I don't have to tell you how sweet and luscious that claw and knuckle meat is, and even mild shellfish fans know the glory of a butter-poached lobster tail. But what about the rest?

Well, folks, class is about to be in session. Recently, I stopped by New York's John Dory Oyster Bar for a lesson in lobster.     

Meet April Bloomfield, executive chef and co-owner of The John Dory Oyster Bar and the irrefutable high priestess of nose-to-tail cooking.

On my visit, The John Dory's chef de cuisine, Charlene Santiago, broke down this tasty fellow for the purposes of research and lunch.

Her first move was to pop off the tail. See that inky goo in the middle? That's lobster roe, and it is delicious. “We like to use the roe and make a butter out of it,” says Santiago.

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American parenting has been misguided for decades — but one state is finally turning for the better


girl playingOur kids are in danger. Their egos need protecting. And "parenting" sounds so negative, we should really be more like friends.

These modern mantras have been seeping into parents' heads for the last several decades as the country's case of mean world syndrome — our alarmist belief the world is out to get us and our kids — continues to worsen.

But there might be hope.

Parents who let their children roam free will no longer be considered neglectful monsters, says a new directive from Maryland state officials.

The move comes in the wake of a nationally discussed case involving Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, Maryland parents who encourage their 10- and 6-year-old kids to walk home alone from the local park at night.

Twice the kids have been picked up by local police and held for several hours, before CPS intervened with an inquiry of their own.

According to "The Washington Post," the parents were cleared on appeal last month in one neglect case and are still waiting on the other. They say they intend to file a lawsuit. 

Though the new directive doesn't address the Meitivs' case directly, its update over a 2014 directive drills to the heart of whether parents should be held responsible just for leaving kids unattended.

“Children playing outside or walking unsupervised does not meet the criteria for a CPS response absent specific information supporting the conclusion that the child has been harmed or is at substantial risk of harm if they continue to be unsupervised,” the report reads.

In other words, CPS won't do anything unless there's an immediate threat.

Back to the basics

The updated guidelines reflect a return to once-popular parenting ideals that put freedoms ahead of structure. 

Old-school practices are now winning favor with psychologists, who suggest that:

Parents who stray from this advice aren’t necessarily to blame.

Scholars say that "mean world syndrome" is the result of people just acting from the information they receive. News cycles are driven by attention-grabbing stories about kidnapping and murder, so even if the actual overall trend is that kids are getting safer nationwide, the media narrative depicts a violent, untrustworthy America. 

The key to escaping that fear is realizing just how deep the irrationality goes.

Data on child mortality show there has never been a safer time to be a kid, whether death comes at the hands of disease or crime. Hallucinations of kids getting scooped up at the playground or contracting a fatal illness from eating dirt seldom come true, the research is finding.

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Here's why a tiny city in South Sudan is the most expensive in the world for expatriates



Juba, South Sudan — population 300,000 — doesn't seem like it should be the most expensive city in the world for expatriates, but it is. 

With an enduring civil war, brutal exchange rates, and a lack of infrastructure, the city is an increasingly expensive choice for foreign workers and their employers.  

That's according to Steven Kilfedder, a cost of living manager with the consulting firm Employment Conditions Abroad International (ECA).  

ECA releases an annual report on the most expensive cities in the world for expats. In its 2015 findings, Juba shot from ninth to first place.

Infrastructure in the region — both financial and physical — is in poor shape.

A landlocked country, many of South Sudan's main thoroughfares are dirt, and a recent civil war is making it even more difficult to move goods throughout the country.

The international-quality goods that do make it into the city are very expensive. Additionally, very little of what an expat would need while in Juba is actually produced in the area.

The latest exchange rates in South Sudan also weigh heavy on international workers. According to Kilfedder, the official South Sudanese pound is closely tied to the US dollar. Since the dollar has been doing so well, the value of the South Sudanese pound has gone up as well. 

Meanwhile, 2014's second most expensive city for expats, Oslo, Norway, has fallen to number 11 this year. Kilfedder says it's due to a depreciation in the Norwegian krone

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A college is only as good as how well it prepares you for success after graduation.

Last year Stanford University took the top spot on our list of the best colleges in America, breaking the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's four-year winning streak. But this year it's anyone's game.

Take our short survey below to determine the US colleges that best prepare their students for success when they graduate.

We will publish the results in a few months.

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20 shocking photos that show the many ways humans are destroying the Earth


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To say the past was a simpler time is up for debate, but one thing can't be denied: We live in a time of excess. As our global population grows, humanity's effect on the planet multiplies exponentially.

This concept is illustrated in a new book, "Over-development, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER)," the main project of the 2015 Global Population Speak Out campaign, which provides a platform for affecting the times ahead of us on Earth through the actions of people and organizations. The book unapologetically brings attention to crucial issues that are confronting us, issues that some of us may be avoiding.

It does so by collecting incredibly striking, shocking, and provoking photographs from photographers all over the world. The images might make you see the world in a new way, and that's the point.

Captions by Global Population Speak Out and Jack Sommer.

Center-pivot irrigation, a way of watering crops with sprinklers, dot the square fields in West Kansas, USA. Today, the majority of them are propelled by electric motors.

Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, the busiest transshipment port in the world and the second busiest in total shipping tonnage.

Massive haul trucks support surface mining operations in the tar sands region of Alberta, Canada, one of the largest known deposits of bitumen oil resources and one of the largest mining operations on Earth.

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The 7 cheap and trendy retailers you've never heard of that are blowing up online


When Sophia Amoruso started an eBay store in 2006 and named it Nasty Gal, she had no idea it was going to grow into a successful fashion retailer.

But one successful memoir, the viral hashtag #GIRLBOSS, and $100 million in sales later, Nasty Gal is a thriving clothing business that has millennial name recognition most brands would kill for.

Now, Nasty Gal is opening brick-and-mortar locations to rival fast-fashion stores like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara. But as the brand looks towards brick-and-mortar shops as its future, competition among other online retailers has never been greater.

Keep reading to see the seven stores that have a major online presence and are primed to catch up with — and possibly overtake — Nasty Gal.


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Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Founded: 2008 by Nitin Passi

Stats: Sales are over $130 million and 30% of visitors return daily

British e-commerce outfit Missguided covers all its bases when it comes to staying fresh in customers' minds. The shop updates its selections daily, maintains active social media feeds, and plays a commercial during Hulu programming that tends to get stuck in potential customers' heads.

Missguided also works the celebrity endorsement angle. Pop star Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, has designed a few collections with the brand since 2013.

Founder Passi told This Is Money that he has plans to increase sales to over £150 million pounds by next March. They have now set their sights on America, and we will most likely be seeing much more of the British “rapid fashion” brand.



Location: Chico, California

Founded: 1996 by mother-daughter team Debra Cannon and Colleen Winter

Stats: 500,000 worldwide orders with 1 million registered customers, as of 2013

When Cannon and Winter first started out, the so-called "Lulu*s Fashion Lounge" was a brick-and-mortar boutique selling vintage clothes in Chico, California. 

Today, the brand has shortened its name to Lulu*s and sells its girly festival attire exclusively online. With a massive online presence, Lulu*s sells a range of products from dresses to accessories and beauty, all in limited quantities and of-the-moment trendy styles. 

In 2014, the Lulu*s team attracted external investor attention — one of the only stores to do so on this list — and partnered with H.I.G. Growth Partners

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Location: Ridgewood, New Jersey

Founded: 2010 by Nicla DiCosmo and Michel Bezoza

Stats:753,000 people follow Gypsy Warrior on Instagram

Co-founders DiCosmo and Bezoza grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. After starting Gypsy Warrior and gaining traction online, the pair opened their first retail store in 2011 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Online, Gypsy Warrior ships their new-age-meets-rock-and-roll fashions worldwide and has a major social media presenceIn addition to fashion, Gypsy Warrior has expanded into interior design as well with pillows, mugs, candles, dream catchers, and more.


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Location: San Francisco, California

Founded: 2007 by CEO Kenneth Chan

Stats:Tobi has 1.4 million followers on Facebook

Another online fast-fashion retailer based in California, this brand claims to have customers in over 100 countries and currently employs over 300 people. So far, Tobi has been internally funded, Chan has said.

Tobi is savvy at attracting new customers with a promotion for 50% off a first order on clothes that typically range from $50 to $80. The team also puts a major emphasis on customer service and encourages its customers who might be unsure of sizing to contact the team with their measurements and the product they’re interested in.

Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins online shop

Location: London, United Kingdom

Founded: 1909 as Ladies Hosiery and Underwear Limited

Stats: 1.2 million customers visit the website every week to shop their 6,000 products

The most storied brand on this list, Dorothy Perkins — or "DP" as its customers call it — is also one of the only brands with a chain of retail stores. It was founded all the way back in 1909 when blouses were sold for five shillings apiece.

Now, the British brand has 600 brick-and-mortar stores in the UK and sells a range of sizes from US sizes 2 to 18 in tall, petite, and maternity.

Though they’re well known in the UK, Dorothy Perkins has fast-fashion prices and expanded their online presence to include the US where other affordable retailers like Nasty Gal and Forever21 are thriving. Even though the store is over 100 years old, thanks to a huge online presence they could become massive here in the States.



Location: Sydney, Australia

Founded: 2010 by Jane Lu out of a garage

Stats: 622,000 followers on Instagram

Showpo was first known as "Show Pony" when Jane Lu founded the company. At the time, she was tired of corporate life after having worked for accounting firms. She decided to start selling playful and colorful clothing.

The brand opened a store two months after launching, and then another soon after at Sydney CBD Westfield mall in Australia. With online skyrocketing, however, the team shut down the brick-and-mortar stores to focus the attention of their 11 staff members on iloveshowpo.com.

In addition to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Showpo are gaining a following on YouTube with popular how-to videos.

Pixie Market

pixie market

Location: New York, New York

Founded: 2006 by Gaelle Drevet and Magda Pietrobelli

Stats:58,500 followers on Instagram

What started as a vintage store on the Lower East Side has evolved into a fast fashion online boutique. Drevet and Pietrobelli quit their jobs after a trip to India in 2006 where they realized they wanted to start selling accessible fashion together.

They try to keep the prices for their trendy, bohemian clothing under $100 and are almost exclusively online now after transforming their Pixie Market Lower East Side location in Manhattan into Frankie, the “older sister” store of Pixie Market.

Their prices range from $50 to upwards of $400, though most pieces tend to stay on the more affordable side.

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