I don’t know, maybe it’s the season — first Moosejaw offers a $100 gift for a purchase and now ssense is having a drawing to give a lucky winner $10,000 worth of clothing and accessories from their online store. Granted, Moosejaw and ssense are about as different as ball bearings and tuna fish, but the thing they each have in common is a devotion to quality and a sense of enjoyment of what they do.
Ssense carries an impressive selection of stylish stuff for men and women from cutting-edge designers from around the world. When you think of ssense, think selection. And, of course, style. Selection + style = 1,500 of the most up-to-date clothing offerings found anywhere online. (And by the way, I just recently figured out what the name “ssense” means: say the first “s” and add “sense.” Essence. ssense. Heh.)
For men, they have clothes and accessories from 77 designers (count ’em, 77), including Filippa K, Victor & Rolf, J. Lindberg, Givenchy, Kid Robot, Billionaire Boy’s Club, Theory, G-Star, What Goes Around Comes Around, Alexander McQueen, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. For women, they carry items from 96 designers (which doesn’t seem quite fair — that they have 25% more designers for women — but then, women change their clothes more frequently than guys do).
The ssense site is clean, spare, engaging, and works well. (Such as, when you want a larger view of an item, you get a larger view, in sharp resolution. Plus multiple angles. And page-loading doesn’t lag. The search engine could use a little tweaking, though.) It has an edgy sort of French feel to it, but manages not to be annoying — maybe because they’re French-Canadian. It’s a site you can navigate with more enjoyment than frustration.
The lowdown on the contest: Go to the ssense site and enter the drawing by giving them your name and email. (Sign-up ends March 24, 2011 and the winner is announced March 28.) After you enter, you’ll be given the option to refer a friend to the contest. For every friend you refer who enters, you’ll receive an additional entry. And if one of your friends wins, you’ll receive a $500 ssense gift card. But of course, you’ll be rooting for yourself to win, because $10,000 buys a fucking lot of clothes. Or just a few really, really high-end killer pieces. Or half for you and half for your girlfriend. You know.
Click the banner to enter or on the various text links scattered throughout this post. Good luck! (And below are examples of some of the things you can find on ssense — such as the Igor T-shirt, which is something you’d probably find Vince wearing on Entourage. Some of the prices may seem a little high, but what part of “cutting edge” is not clear? However, be aware that they also have a ton of sale stuff, too, so if you shop wisely you can acquire some cool things for not much money.)