iTravel iShop, a new luxury travel and shopping website, made its debut on November 27, 2005.
To kick off the site, the iTravel iShop team has set off on a “Shop Around the World in 80 Days” trip, inspired by the famous journey taken by Phileas Fogg in the Jules Verne novel. Like Fogg, they have departed from London and are heading East. Click here to read the team’s blog: http://itravelishop.com/blog
iTravel iShop is the world’s first travel website dedicated to shopping. Think of it as Travel + Leisure meets Lucky. Each week the iTravel iShop team publishes feature articles from the world’s best shopping destinations. The site breaks down each city in terms of the best shopping streets, outdoor markets, the top shops, and what to buy. Destination shopping guides include tips on a city’s most stylish hotels, where to refuel, and where to go out at night. iTravel iShop also has interviews with trend setters and style makers, including hoteliers Grace Leo-Andrieu; designer Karim Rashid; and jewellery designer Barry Kieselstein-Cord, who have shared their tips and advice for the best shops, restaurants and hotels around the world.
The site also features a community forum that allows readers to share their shopping tips and advice, and put them in touch with other travellers who are passionate about shopping.
The site was founded by Christina Valhouli, the former staff travel writer at Forbes.com, and John Vipond, the former managing director of Kenisys Ltd.